Taking Submissions: The First Line – Spring 2019

Deadline: February 1st, 2019
Payment: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry and a Contributor’s Copy

To celebrate twenty years of publication, we’re going to revisit the past. There are no new first lines for 2019. Each issue will be comprised of original works based on past first lines.

Were you inspired by the fall 2008 first line (Roy owned the only drive-thru funeral business in Maine.) but didn’t see the sentence until 2015? Or maybe you started writing a story for the spring 2005 issue (Life would be so much easier if I were a cartoon character.) but you never got around to submitting it. Or maybe you sent us a story that just missed the cut and you reworked it and want to try us again. Well, now is your chance to make up for missed opportunities.

The following is the schedule/list of first lines for the 2019 issues (click the season to see the entire list of first lines for each issue):

Spring 2019
All submissions must begin with one first line from Volume 1, Issue 1 to Volume 5, Issue 4.
Due date: February 1, 2019

All submissions must begin with one first line from
Volume 1, Issue 1 to Volume 5, Issue 4:

Vol. 1, Iss. 1: Just like his fifth grade teacher, Mr. Young, had always told him, Brian put on his thinking cap.
Vol. 1, Iss. 2: The rules are clearly spelled out in the brochure.
Vol. 1, Iss. 3: “Well, there’s ten minutes of my life I’ll never get back.”
Vol. 1, Iss. 4: As the curtain rose, the scenario began to play itself out.
Vol. 2, Iss. 1: The picture told the entire story.
Vol. 2, Iss. 2: The person on the train kept saying, “I believe,” over and over and over.
Vol. 2, Iss. 3: My father and I left on a Thursday.
Vol. 2, Iss. 4: I remember the radio was playing the best song.
Vol. 2, Iss. 5: Whitney Heather Yates knew she was in trouble from the moment she learned how to spell her name.
Vol. 2, Iss. 6: It sounded like she said, “Every day when I get home, I find a naked body in the bed.”
Vol. 3, Iss. 1: “It was the only thing he couldn’t do for her.”
Vol. 3, Iss. 2: The party was only the beginning of what would happen tonight.
Vol. 3, Iss. 3: Hal couldn’t sleep.
Vol. 3, Iss. 4: “Step this way as our tour of Earth continues.”
Vol. 3, Iss. 5: “Please state your name for the court.”
Vol. 3, Iss. 6: “How did you end up with a nickname like that?”
Vol. 4, Iss. 1: The first thing I saw when I woke was Chris’ face.
Vol. 4, Iss. 2: “The incident on the island is the stuff of legend, but let me tell you the real story.”
Vol. 4, Iss. 3: Jimmy Hanson was a sallow man who enjoyed little in life save for his _________. [Fill in the blank.]
Vol. 4, Iss. 4: I can’t believe I just heard that.
Vol. 5, Iss. 1: Paul Fischer was a graduate student studying biochemistry at Emory when he met my mother.
Vol. 5, Iss. 2: The view from up here is incredible and makes me feel _________. [Fill in the blank]
Vol. 5, Iss. 3: “So, all of it was just a lie?”
Vol. 5, Iss. 4: I opened my e-mail with a mix of apprehension and excitement.

A few notes:

  1. Don’t just resubmit a story we’ve already rejected. We will know. We have every story submitted to us on file and why we rejected it.
  2. Also, we understand that writers may add our first line to a story they are currently working on or have already completed, and that’s cool. But please do not add our first line to a previously published story and submit it to us. We do not accept previously published stories, even if they have been repurposed for our first lines.
  3. However, if you used one of our past first lines for a story that was published in another journal or magazine, write and tell us about it.

Fiction: All stories must be written with the first line provided. The line cannot be altered in any way, unless otherwise noted by the editors. The story should be between 300 and 5,000 words (this is more like a guideline and not a hard-and-fast rule; going over or under the word count won’t get your story tossed from the slush pile).

Poetry: All poems must be written with the first line provided. The sentence can be broken across lines, but the punctuation cannot be altered or dropped. Poem length is up to the poet.

All Submissions: Writers should include a two- to three-sentence biography of themselves that will appear in the magazine should their story run.

Multiple Submissions: We don’t mind if you want to submit multiple stories or poems for the same issue.

Submissions: We prefer you send manuscripts via e-mail to submission (@) thefirstline (dot) com. We accept stories in MS Word or Word Perfect format (we prefer attachments). Please do not send pdf versions of your story or links to Google docs. Make sure you tell us what issue you are submitting to in the email Subject Line. Make sure your name and contact information, as well as your bio, are part of the attachment. Stories also can be sent to The First Line‘s post office box. No manuscripts will be returned without an accompanying SASE with sufficient return postage.

Notification: We don’t make decisions about stories until after each issue closes. We typically send notices out within two to three weeks after the issue’s deadline to everyone who submitted a story. You can also check the home page of the Web site as we will indicate each issue’s production status there.

Payment: We pay on publication: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction (all U.S. dollars). We also send you a copy of the issue in which your piece appears. You’ll receive your money and issue at the same time.

Note to our international writers: Postage cost for sending author copies overseas is becoming outrageous, so we are reducing international author payment by the amount it would cost to send one author copy overseas. However, if you would like to receive an electronic version of the issue (PDF) instead of a hard copy, author payment will not change.

Via: The First Line.

Ongoing Submissions: Grasslimb

Payment: $5-$20 per piece for poetry, $10-$70/piece for prose, $15-25/piece for book/music reviews and 2 contributor’s copies.

Grasslimb is published in tabloid format twice per year.


What we are looking for

We invite the submission of poetry, short prose, line art, cartoons, and book and new music reviews. There is no theme; we seek quality art and literature.

We recommend that you purchase a sample issue before submitting. Although general topics are welcome, we’re less likely to select work regarding romance, sex, aging, and children. Fiction in an experimental, avant-garde or surreal mode is often more interesting to us than a traditional story.

When submitting poetry, 4-6 pieces are preferred; line count is not necessary. For artwork, please submit photocopies or electronic versions (if electronic, 600 dpi preferred) only. Prose must include a word count and should not exceed 2500 words; 1000-2000 is best for us. Submissions over 3000 words will be returned unread. Reviews of 500-1000 words are preferred.

Please do not submit work to us more often than once every six months unless you have had work accepted previously to our publication, in which case you are not subject to a limit.

If we have declined your submissions more than ten times, may we kindly suggest your time will be better spent submitting your work elsewhere? We frequently decline submissions not because the work is bad, but because it doesn’t fit our editorial style. Multiple declines suggest your style is simply not our style. We reserve the right to return your submissions unread after ten declines.

Submission instructions and format

General instructions

  • An S.A.S.E. should be enclosed with all paper-mailed submissions. (If it is not enclosed, please provide an e-mail address and note the MS is disposable.)
  • No bio or cover letter is required (we have no bio section)
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine (please warn us!)
  • Previously published fine — let us know original published location

Prose

  • Name and address on front page of prose
  • Provide word count — ideally under 2500 words
  • No staples please
  • US Letter or A4 paper preferred but not required
  • We prefer you submit only one story every six months unless we ask

Poetry

  • Name and addresson each page of poetry
  • No line or word count — we don’t pay by the word
  • US Letter or A4 paper preferred but not required
  • We prefer 4-6 poems per submission

Artwork

  • We can only print black and white or greyscale artwork or photography
  • Sending links to online works is acceptable, but we will no longer review entire web sites — send links to specific pieces you think would suit
  • Sending a lower-res submission is acceptable, but we will require 600dpi for any final accepted work

Where to send

Submissions may be made to [email protected] (plain text, Word, RTF, or Pages) or to:
Valerie Polichar, Editor
Grasslimb
P.O. Box 420816
San Diego, CA 92142
For security reasons, we cannot accept submissions that are made via links/downloads.

Response time

Response time is generally four months. Please query after five months, especially for e-mailed manuscripts — occasionally our spam filters are overenthusiastic.

Payment

Payment is typically $5-$20 per piece for poetry, $10-$70/piece for prose, $15-25/piece for book/music reviews, $15-$25/piece for artwork and cartoons. We reserve the right to pay a higher rate for commissioned work. Payment is on acceptance. Contributors will also receive two complimentary copies of the journal. We pay via check on U.S. funds, Paypal or in U.S. stamps if preferred.

Rights and online publication

In general, we purchase first print serial rights. Selected pieces from the journal are occasionally — and by explicit permission — made available online at this site as samples.

Via: Grasslimb.

Ongoing Submissions: Leading Edge Magazine

Payment: 1 cent per word, $10.00 minimum, $50.00 maximum. Poetry: $5.00 to $20.00.

Leading Edge is a science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes the work of people from all over the world. We are always accepting submissions, especially short stories. There are a few rules, so please read through our submissions guidelines before sending us your work. We look forward to seeing your submission soon.

General Guidelines

As with any publication, Leading Edge Magazine will not tolerate plagiarism in any form. If you submit plagiarized work, your work will be rejected and your name and email will be flagged for any future submissions.

In addition, Leading Edge does not accept previously published pieces.

Leading Edge is affiliated with and run through Brigham Young University; written and visual submissions must conform with the BYU Honor Code. This includes no nudity, sex, excessive violence, belittlement of traditional family values or religion, or drug use. More specifics can be found on the Honor Code website. Please note that while we may tolerate a small extent of this content in the submission stage because it can be taken out in the editing stage, excessive disregard for the Honor Code in a submission will send your work to the rejection pile. To get a feel for the work we accept, please purchase a copy of Leading Edge to survey.

 

Fiction

Stories under 10,000 words are preferred, though we will consider stories up to 15,000 words. In your email, please include a word count and a short description of your work.

Because Leading Edge is interested in helping new authors improve, each story is critiqued by at least two members of our staff; these comment sheets are returned to the author with our response. If you do not want your story critiqued, please let us know.

Fiction payment is 1 cent per word, $10.00 minimum, $50.00 maximum.

Submit to: [email protected]


Poetry

Poetry should reflect both literary value and popular appeal and should deal with science fiction- or fantasy-related themes.

Payment for poetry ranges from $5.00 to $20.00.

Submit to: [email protected]


Nonfiction

Pieces are to be kept under 5,000 words. Nonfiction pieces will not be critiqued, so you will not receive feedback on your work. We accept nonfiction such as book reviews and essays. Payment will be discussed if your work is accepted for publication.

Submit to: [email protected]


Artistic Portfolios

All artistic portfolios must be digital; we no longer accept physical portfolios. All images must be 300dpi or higher. Please note that you are submitting a portfolio, so you must send at least five examples of your work. You will be given roughly five weeks from time of commission to complete a piece for us.

Art payment depends on the number of pieces contracted, but generally does not exceed $75.

Submit to: [email protected]

 

 

Submissions FAQ

When emailing my submission, is there a preferred document type?

If possible, please email all fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions as a Microsoft Word document.

 

How long will it take for me to hear back about my submission?

If you submitted written work, especially fiction, it generally takes several months for our staff to review your piece. If you have yet to hear back in a twelve-month period, please contact the Fiction Director, whose name and information is in the Contact Us section.

We generally solicit artistic portfolios at a specific time, but you are welcome to submit at any point. You should hear back between one and three months about your portfolio.

 

What does the review process look like?

It differs between written work and art. When you submit an artistic portfolio, it will be reviewed once written work is chosen for the issue. If your work is selected to accompany a piece, you will be contacted by the Art Director in an email. We do not store portfolios, so if your work is not chosen for a specific issue, please resubmit in the future.

When you submit fiction, your work goes into our Dropbox and is reviewed by magazine volunteers. If two readers approve or “pass” your story, it goes into a separate section of our Dropbox to be reviewed by the Managing Editor and Assistant Managing Editors. From there, the editors choose stories of the highest quality and best fit for the magazine.

When you submit poetry, our Poetry Director will read it and have selected submissions approved by the Managing Editor or an Assistant Managing Editor.

When you submit nonfiction, our Nonfiction Director will read it and have selected submissions approved by the Managing Editor or an Assistant Managing Editor.

 

How many submissions do you generally receive?

We have a rolling submissions period, so feel free to submit your work whenever it’s ready. We keep all of our submissions in a Dropbox account and generally have 200-250 submissions in that account. Volunteers read and review submissions twice a week.

 

What makes my fiction submission stand out?

Because we receive so many submissions and our volunteers are well-versed in science fiction and fantasy, it can be hard to make an impression. Make sure to have an interesting title—this is the first thing volunteers see. Ensure that you submit a piece that has already been edited. This doesn’t mean we are checking for Oxford commas or correct use of semicolons, but rather that it isn’t a first draft. We can tell; many of our volunteers are studying English or editing. Put work in to your submission! The most important thing is to make your story compelling. Catch our attention in the first two or three paragraphs. (And remember that if your submission is picked as a potential publication piece, our editors will work with you to make it even better. It doesn’t have to be perfect.)

 

How will I find out when you’re soliciting artistic portfolios?

We will post this information on our Facebook page. Good times to look out for these posts are mid-October and mid-February.

 

Can I submit a book/movie/play review?

Feel free to submit a review. Please send this to [email protected].

 

What rights are involved?

For both fiction and poetry, we purchase First North American serial rights.

 

Will I get paid?

Yes! We are a semi-professional magazine, so we pay our authors and artists. We pay the highest that we can, predominately using funds from our sales. The more issues we sell, the more money we can afford to spend on authors and artists. You will be paid only after the issue containing your work is released.

 

I’ve seen a few different rates through the years. How do I know which paying rate will apply to my work?

You will be paid the rate we are offering when your work is contracted, not the rate offered when you submitted your work. We do our best to keep relatively standard rates, and we always offer the highest rate possible.

 

I don’t have the ability to email my manuscript. Now what?

In the event that you are unable to electronically submit your written work, your manuscript should be printed on white paper. Make sure to double-space and use an easy-to-read font, such as Times New Roman or Calibri. Each page should be numbered and have 1-inch margins. The first page of your manuscript should include your name, street address, and any other available contact information. Include a cover letter with any publishing credits and any other relevant information. Always keep a copy of your manuscript for yourself. The postal system is not perfect, and Leading Edge is not responsible for lost or misdirected manuscripts.

Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your manuscript—if you don’t, we have no way of responding to you. If your manuscript is disposable, include a regular envelope with one first-class stamp for submissions within the US, more for international submissions. If you would like your manuscript returned, include a manila envelope with sufficient postage. International submissions must be disposable due to difficulties presented by international postage. Please remember that we return 2-3 comment sheets per submission, so prepare adequately. You are responsible for providing adequate postage.

Submissions may be sent to the following address with the appropriate genre in the attention line (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry):

Leading Edge Magazine
Attn: [Genre] Director
4087 JKB
Provo, UT 84602

 

All other questions can be directed to [email protected]

Via: Leading Edge Magazine.

Taking Submissions: Bennington Review

Deadline: May 15th, 2019
Payment: $100 for prose of six pages and under, $200 for prose of over six pages, and $20 per poem and 2 contributor’s copies

Bennington Review is published twice a year in print form, Summer and Winter. Submissions are customarily read every fall, winter, and spring. The next submissions period will be from November 1, 2018 to May 15, 2019.

We aim to stake out a distinctive space for innovative, intelligent, and moving fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. In the spirit of poet Dean Young’s dictum that poets should be “making birds, not birdcages,” we are particularly taken with writing that is simultaneously graceful and reckless.

We only accept unsolicited submissions through Submittable. There is, at present, no reading fee. We are unable to respond to paper submissions or unsolicited e-mail submissions, or to comment on individual pieces.

We pay contributors $100 for prose of six pages and under, $200 for prose of over six pages, and $20 per poem, in addition to two copies of the issue the piece is published in and a copy of the subsequent issue.

Work must be previously unpublished in print or online, including on personal blogs.  Prose submissions must be double-spaced and paginated. Please include a cover letter with your submission. We welcome simultaneous submissions, as long as you notify us immediately when work has been accepted elsewhere.

We do not accept unsolicited submissions from current or recent students, faculty, or staff of Bennington College. Undergraduate and graduate alumni, as well as past employees of Bennington, are asked to wait two years before submitting work to the magazine.

We welcome submissions from established and emerging writers alike. We ask that writers who submit to the journal possess a familiarity with contemporary literature in the genre of their work. For poetry, please send no fewer than three and no more than five poems per submission. For fiction and creative nonfiction, please send no more than thirty pages per submission; any excerpts from a longer project must work as self-contained essays or stories.

For film writing (and/or television writing), we are not looking for evaluative “reviews”; rather, please send essays  that engage with cinema in a unique and/or personal way. We want writers who are aware of the greater cultural, aesthetic, and social significance of their subject, be it domestic, international, avant-garde, classic, or contemporary cinema. We will also consider pieces on television, video art, viral videos, Vines, or any of the other alternative forms that moving images might take. Our preferred length for film writing is 10 to 20 pages. Pitches are welcome and encouraged.

We are additionally interested in publishing translations: translators should have permission from the copyright holder and a copy of the work in the original language.

We do not accept unsolicited reviews or interviews, though we are always happy to entertain queries about genres of work that fall outside the journal’s current scope.

We will consider all submitted work for the print journal; some work will additionally be featured on Bennington Review’s website. We acquire first North American serial rights for all accepted work.

If you have any questions about these guidelines, please email us at [email protected].

Via: Bennington Review.

Ongoing Submissions: Pif Magazine

Payment: $5 and royalties

Pif Magazine primarily publishes fiction, poetry, and author interviews. We have been known to accept book, film, music and zine reviews — and we have published our fair share of essays and critiques.

What are we looking for?

The content we seek is aimed at aspiring and working writers alike. Free thinkers. Art lovers. You. Pif may be a literary magazine, but it’s also a resource for readers and writers who—like us—are inspired by originality.

Our preferred word count for macrofiction is under 2,000 words. We still read submissions that clock in over this word count, but ask that contributors keep this in mind. We’re interested in expanding our collection of humor writing, as well, and are actively seeking fresh voices that tackle this genre.

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Taking Submissions: Page & Spine

Deadline: June 1st, 2019
Payment: all prose 501 to 3,000 words = $0.01/word with a $20 minimum, microflash (up to 150 words) = $5, flash (up to 500 words) = $10 – Longer work will be considered. Regardless of length, all payments are capped at $30. – 1 poem = $7 – Quips, limericks and other short poems = $5 each

Page & Spine is a paying site.  Because of the large number of submissions, we will no longer accept submissions that do not comply with our submissions requirements.  Emails containing attachments will be deleted unopened.

Requirements and rates:
Short Stories up to 3,000 words. Flash Fiction to 1,000 words.  Format:  Single space.  Indent paragraphs. Do not skip a line between paragraphs. Considered between October 1st and June 1st only.
Up to 3 Poems of not more than a total of three typewritten pages.  Considered between October 1st and June 1st only.
The Writers’ Table writing-related essays, book reviews, favorite author profiles of not more than 2,000 words.
The Reading Lamp  topical essays, non-fiction, fiction to 3,000 words, poems  
Crumbs short, witty PoetryQuips and thought-provoking Flash Fiction (to 150 words)
End Notes essays, poems, book reviews on any subject

Payscale:  all prose 501 to 3,000 words = $0.01/word with a $20 minimum,  microflash (up to 150 words) = $5, flash (up to 500 words) = $10
                    Longer work will be considered.  Regardless of length, all payments are capped at $30.
1 poem = $7
quips, limericks and other short poems = $5 each

                   

Because we have bulging pending files in our short storyreading lamp and poems categories, submissions will be accepted only between October 1 and June 1 in these categories.  Please plan your submissions accordingly.

Due to a happy surfeit of unpublished submissions, reprints will not be accepted until further notice.

“Published” is defined as any piece that has been on public view anytime, anywhere.  Members only critique sites where work is viewed only by paying members is not a publication venue.

Author generated photography will not be paid, but may be published at the editorial board’s discretion with the understanding that Page & Spine can neither control dissemination nor protect copyrights and will not be held responsible for theft or misuse.
 
Due to a welcome flood of submissions, our usually short turn-around time has increased to six months, more or less. Simultaneous submissions will not be considered, so please take our delayed response into consideration when you submit.

For additional information or to share your writing with us, please send your submissions in the body of an e-mail to [email protected] .  Please mark the subject line: “Submission” or “Inquiry” as appropriate.  To avoid spreading viruses, attachments will not be opened and attachment-bearing e-mails will be deleted unopened.

Via: Page & Spine.

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