Submission Guidelines

OUR SUBMISSION PERIODS ARE OPEN ALL YEAR AROUND! SUBMIT AT 8 A.M. AFTER A BREAKFAST OF HALF-STALE LUCKY CHARMS! SUBMIT AT 3 A.M. AFTER A NIGHT OF HARD DRINKING! BANK HOLIDAYS, COLLEGE UNOFFICIALS – WE AREN’T PICKY!


So maybe we lied a bit when we said we had no preferences about what you submit. Every editor has preferences. It’s why it’s so hard to get accepted for publication, let’s be honest. Writing is subjective. Our goal is to widen that subjectivity for you a little bit.

While we have no particular genre, content, aesthetic, or otherwise in mind for the magazine and would hate to constrain your creativity by giving you set expectations, we editors do have things that we like.

TEAM POLLUX

Editor Engelmeier is fond of Midwestern Gothic, but she enjoys and writes everything from gritty incest to lofty high fantasy, from ghosts to true crime, from supernatural psychological thrillers to political dramas. She’s not shy about vulgarity, graphic detail, or language. A piece that stings and bites or a piece that strikes a chord in her soul – either is equally as likely to garner her favour.

Some of her favourite writers and poets include: Clive Barker, A. M. Homes, Traci Brimhall, Leigh Bardugo, Bruce Snider, Cassandra Clare, Jim Butcher, and Donald Ray Pollock. Some of her least favourites include: Lauren Kate, Kristin Cashore, Marie Lu, and Virginia Woolf. Goddamn Virginia Woolf.

For an idea of what she writes, visit ofcropdustandshadows.wordpress.com.

TEAM CASTOR

Editor Jourdan enjoys fantasy and science-fiction in all its forms from space opera to post-apocalyptic YA. She writes about everything from androids, aliens, and government conspiracies to magic and vampires. A firm believer that no character is completely evil or completely good, she loves characters who thrive in shades of grey. Action, romance, suspense, violence, and tragedy are all welcome.

She adores Orson Scott Card, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Emily Brontë, P.C. and Kristin Cast, Frank Beddor, Edgar Allan Poe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and, of course, J.K. Rowling. Her least favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye.

For an idea of what she writes, visit bloodandtalons.wordpress.com.

WHAT WE PUBLISH

Fiction underneath 10,000 words – This includes everything from flash fiction to short stories to vignettes to novelettes to novel excerpts (the last of which doesn’t have to be standalone but should make a modicum of sense being read alone). We will consider serializing longer works, but please do query us first at whateveroursouls@outlook.com.

Poetry underneath 100 lines  – This includes everything from narrative poetry to lyric, from sonnets to ghazals to free verse to persona. Base it in the real world. Base it in a fantasy world. We don’t care. Both of us are more authors than poets, but we do have published poetry and know what we like to read.

No simultaneous submissions please. We understand that it takes ages for magazines to get back to you and that you would love to market yourself as efficiently as possible, but we would prefer not to lose a piece we’ve fallen in love with. As a consolation, we offer very quick response times.

Reprints are acceptable. If you own the rights to your story, we’re open to republishing it. Editor Jourdan will handle the finer legalities of this if you prefer to address your emails to her.

No multiple submissions please. Submit one fiction manuscript to us at a time. Submit 1 – 3 poems in one document to us at a time. You may submit both poetry and a fiction manuscript to the same issue. If your poem(s) and/or manuscript is/are rejected for the issue, please wait two weeks to submit with us again. If your poem(s) and/or manuscript is/are accepted, please wait two weeks to submit with us again. In general, please submit only once per every two weeks. Failure to adhere to any of these guidelines may result in your submission being deleted from our inbox without us reading it. We are not sticklers about a lot, but this bogs us down as we respond to every piece with personalized critique.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Fiction – Please use Standard Manuscript Format. Most of the publishing world still uses this outdated format, so instead of having you reformat a story to our particular preferences, it’s easy for all of us to stick to SMF. If you make minor mistakes, we won’t punish you. Submit your story as either .docx or .rtf.

Poetry – We are less particular about poetry. You may submit in SMF if you wish, but we won’t throw out your submission if you don’t. We do ask that you submit both a Word file (.docx or .rtf) and a matching PDF of your poem so we can double check your line breaks. A lot of weirdness results in opening files on different computers.

Send your submissions as attachments to whateveroursouls@outlook.com. In your subject line, please put “Submission – [Poem/Fiction] – [Title]“. Ex. Submission – Poem – All I Know. This helps us keep our emails in order. Other than that, what you choose to include in your email is up to you. Wow us with your publication history, appeal to our humanity, offer us your firstborn – we don’t mind. If you would like to, provide us with a third-person biography not exceeding 60 words that we can print with your story upon publication and that we can add to our authors page. Provide us with links to your websites by all means as well!

We promise to respond to all submissions within 30 days. We’re very used to reading up to 200 pages of manuscripts a week for classes and should have no problems upholding this modest promise to you, though we reserve the right to extend this time limit in the future. If we take longer than 30 days to accept or reject your story, please do query us.

We also promise to provide personalized feedback for every submission, regardless of acceptance or rejection. Both of us editors are fully prepared to offer at least 100 words each on why we want or don’t want your story. To explain: if your story is accepted for one of our teams, you will receive feedback from the editor who wants it and from the editor who doesn’t. We offer this to show you the absolute subjectivity of the publishing world. If you are rejected by each of us, we still offer critiques in the hopes you can see that every editor turns down a piece for a different reason. Oftentimes, you can improve your writing, but just as often, there isn’t one glaring fault in your manuscript. Sometimes, you just need to find the editor who sees the same thing in it that you do. It isn’t always you. Sometimes, it is in fact just us.

We also offer more in depth critiques for a price. All submissions – accepted or rejected – will receive personalized feedback of at least 100 words from each editor; however, if you donate $6.00 to the magazine using the Paypal button to the side (and add the name of your work in the donation note), each editor will then provide a single-spaced, 1000-word-minimum critique of your accepted/rejected manuscript or a single-spaced, 500-word-minimum critique of your accepted/rejected poem. This money will be used to pay for the upkeep of the website, future anthologies, and potential future prize money.

RIGHTS WE ARE ASKING FOR

Editor Jourdan knows the most about this if you have any questions. She’s even drafted a fancy contract. Yes, we’re that official. The contract asks for First World Electronic Rights, as well as Nonexclusive Reprint Rights and Nonexclusive Anthology Rights. We do not own your story, and six months after its publication, you have the right to sell it to another publisher, as long as that publisher states that it accepts reprints. The contract also asks for Archival Rights, which will allow us to publish your story here on our website, if it’s chosen as that issue’s winner. We also ask for the right to attach your name, the biographical information you send us, and potentially a photo of you along with your story so that we can give you publicity.

COMPENSATION

While we can’t offer our authors any pay, as most magazines can’t, we will give you a complimentary digital copy of the issue you will be published in. We hope in the future to be able to pay our authors, but it likely will not happen as we do not have steady revenue. We are considering giving a small amount of prize money for the winning MVP of the issue, and we do offer a comprehensive authors page where we will advertise your biographies, publication histories, and websites, though.

HOW OFTEN WE PUBLISH

In short: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. This is a new project. We hope to publish once a month, but it all depends how many submissions we receive. The more we receive, the more we’ll publish. The less we receive, the less we’ll publish. We want to make sure our issues are substantial.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us on this website or at whateveroursouls@outlook.com. We’re just two fresh graduates. There’s no reason to be afraid of us. Also, if you have any general questions – such as about publication or about undergraduate programs or anything else you’re curious about – please do ask. We love to help!

Editors Jourdan and Engelmeier

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  1. The offer of a critique is really interesting. I’d love to send you a 25 page chapbook that I just cannot after years of trying find a publisher for, Would you be up to that??

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    1. Hi, Sharon. Thanks for reaching out to us. If you head over to our Bloodstone Press page, you’ll find most of our publishing information, including a template for how to query us. While we aren’t necessarily seeking to publish chapbooks so short, we are open to reading your work at the very least, offering critique, and considering what we want to do with it.

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