"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

Friday Call for Submissions Love! 



Profane is an annual print and audio journal featuring an eclectic mix of poetry, creative non-fiction, and fiction where they also record every poem and piece of prose they publish in the author’s own voice. We publish in the winter.

“We’re keen on celebrating writers who present us with challenging material. Writing that’s surprising or difficult, emotionally and/or intellectually, in even small, subtle ways, has the potential to leave readers different as a result. To possess that potential is our definition of “good writing.” And ultimately, good writing, whatever form it takes, is what we publish.”


Profane reads submissions year round through our submissions manager, and we read for free from March to August. Now open for submissions.

We don’t accept work that has been printed elsewhere. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you alert us promptly should your work be accepted in another journal.

One of the things that makes our journal unique is the focus we place on audio. All submissions should be text only. However, if we accept your work, we’ll record you reading your work aloud, and briefly interview you about it and your writing at large (5 to 10 minutes). This will be conducted in our studio over the phone, at your convenience.

Despite the audio feature, we only accept work that stands up to scrutiny on the page. We feel the audio adds texture to our journal, and that it makes for an even more exciting product for our contributors and readers to share. It also makes it easier to ingest and digest an entire issue in the midst of hectic schedules.

It may be helpful to you, before submitting, to check out our previous issues (back digital issues are free).

We acquire only first North American printing rights, and all other rights stay with the author.

We strive to have a quick turnaround time, responding inside a month, often much quicker.

While we cannot offer monetary payment at this time, all contributors will receive a contributor’s copy of the print edition, the audio edition, and the digital edition.



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