Submission Guidelines

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So in case you didn’t know, we’re totally taking submissions. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know:

  • We accept submissions on a rolling, per-month basis.
  • Submissions open on the 1st day of each month at 12:00am and close on the last day of each month at 11:59pm. Submissions received after 11:59pm on the last day of the month will be rolled over into the submission pile for the following month.
  • All pieces submitted within a given month will be placed under consideration for publication on a date approximately two months in advance (see below).
  • Accepted submissions will be published two months after they were originally submitted. (For example, if you submit in June, and are accepted, your piece will be published in August.)
  • You may submit up to two (2) pieces in any given month.
  • After notification of acceptance, you may not submit again for a period of three (3) months.
  • SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: We accept them but please LET US KNOW if you’re sending us one.  Also please notify us if your piece was accepted elsewhere so that we may remove it from consideration.

Submission Requirements:

  • 3k words maximum, and no minimum. (We will look at longer pieces, but we expect those to be much more polished and tight.)
  • Include a cover letter plus a short contributor’s note written in the third person (this is important!)
  • For writing, stick to .doc .docx .txt or .rtf formats. For art please stick to jpegs. Audio/video should be in .mp3 or .mp4
  • Please place each of your submissions in an individual file (separate docs for writing, separate jpegs for images)
  • The email subject header should read “Submission:” followed by the genre of your submission(s).  (i.e. Submission: Fiction OR Submission: Poetry and Non-Fiction)

Other stuff you should know:

  • Submissions you send us should be ready to publish. If we see a lot of grammatical or verb tense errors, we probably won’t accept your piece.
  • We accept anything and everything, but we’re focused on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. (See our Wish List.)
  • We accept literary as well as genre fiction.
  • We’re fine with controversial subject matter as long as it suits the story.

Send submissions to themetaworker@gmail.com and then go write some more!

5 comments

    1. Wow, somehow I totally missed this question.

      For now, we aren’t doing blind readings. We trust ourselves to not allow the identities of those submitting to affect our judgement. Blind submissions are still a good idea for the Calliope, though.

  1. Am looking forward to the new changes on submissions and publication! Sending more in soon! Thank you, Ken Allan Dronsfield

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