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Taking Submissions: THEMA – The Tiny Red Suitcase
Deadline: July 1st, 2020
Payment: short story, $25; short-short piece (up to 1000 words), $10; poem, $10
Theme: The Tiny Red Suitcase
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ALL SHORT STORIES, ESSAYS, POEMS, PHOTOGRAPHS and ART MUST RELATE TO ONE OF THE PREMISES SPECIFIED ABOVE.
NOTE: Previously published pieces are welcome, provided that the submission fits the theme and that the author owns the copyright.
The premise (target theme) must be an integral part of the plot, not necessarily the central theme but not merely incidental. Fewer than 20 double-spaced typewritten pages preferred. Indicate premise (target theme) on title page. Be sure to Indicate target theme in cover letter or on first page of manuscript. Include self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with each submission. Rejected manuscripts unaccompanied by an SASE will not be returned. Response time: 3 months after premise deadline. NO READER’S FEE.
Mail to: THEMA, Box 8747, Metairie, LA 70011-8747.
Outside the US: email [email protected]
On acceptance for publication, we will pay the following amount: short story, $25; short-short piece (up to 1000 words), $10; poem, $10; artwork, $25 for cover, $10 for interior page display.
Copyright reverts to author after publication.
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New to submitting manuscripts to journals?
Unlike many publishers, we prefer works submitted by the authors themselves, without the involvement of an agent.
Be sure to indicate premise and include SASE for each submission. BE SURE to include a separate SASE for each premise.
No handwritten manuscripts will be considered.
We do not accept e-mailed submissions EXCEPT from authors who live outside the U.S.
For those living outside the U.S., submit manuscript as an email attachment (readable by MSWord ― either as a DOC file or an RTF file), and include the following information on the title page: target theme, title of work, name of author, email address and physical address.
Short Stories: All types welcome―both traditional and experimental
Send to: Virginia Howard, editor, Box 8747, Metairie, LA 70011-8747
Outside the US: email to Virginia Howard at [email protected]
|What we like: a carefully constructed plot; good character delineation; clever plot twists
What we don’t like: bedroom/bathroom profanity. Why?
Poetry: All types of poetic form welcome. Submit no more than three poems per theme, please. If more than three poems are submitted, we will read only the first three poems in the stack.
Send to: Gail Howard, poetry editor, Box 8747, Metairie, LA 70011-8747
Outside the US: email to Gail Howard at [email protected]
What we like: poems that are thoughtfully constructed and carefully distilled.
What we don’t like: sexually explicit wording. Subtlety is more creative.