Friday Call for Submissions: carbonate: Satisfy Your Read
Deadline for Fall issue: August 31, 2015
carbonate is a quarterly literary magazine published online in January, April, July, and October. We accept submissions of poetry, essays, short fiction, novel excerpts, art, and photography year-round.
Originating in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, carbonate® is produced by The Foundry/Rocky Mountain Centre for Writing, a non-profit organization increasing access and visibility of the literary arts in the mountain regions.
We are seeking deeply human, fully realized work from far and wide, and always hope to include voices new to us and new to publication. We publish online: one story, one portfolio of poems, one essay or piece of narrative nonfiction, and visual art. Subscribers and selected contributors get the full edition electronically in a beautifully formatted, full color e-book.
We’re exceptionally partial to works that are well-written and engaging.
Please send us work that truly resonates and brings the reader to a new place. The online journal also publishes interviews with accepted authors and artists. Please inquire before submitting interviews.
We’ll take a look at everything, but boring work will probably not find a home here. Send us your best. Try something new. We might love it.
Deadline for Fall issue: August 31, 2015
Send your submission as an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Put your contact information and a short bio in the body of the email.
Short Fiction: 5,000 words or less.
Short fiction submitted to the magazine must be original and previously unpublished. carbonate considers work that has appeared online (including on blogs and Facebook) to be previously published.
All manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced, with the author’s name, address, phone number, and approximate word count at the top of the first page, and numbered throughout and sent as a WORD attachment to the email address listed herein.
Send only your best work. Submit only one story at a time.
We are not accepting paper submissions at this time. All paper submissions will be recycled upon receipt.
All manuscripts must be written in English. Translations are acceptable, but must be accompanied by a copy of the original text.
Poetry: 3-5 poems (no more than 8 pages)
Novel Excerpts: 5,000 words or less. You must indicate that your submission is part of an unpublished novel. The ideal excerpt will be self contained in terms of characterization and storyline. We will not print setups or explanations of what is taking place. Your writing should embody a smaller version of the overall story arc.
Creative Non-Fiction: We draw heavily from unsolicited submissions. Our editors believe that providing a platform for emerging writers and helping them find readers is an essential role of literary magazines, and it’s been our privilege to work with many fine writers early in their careers. A typical issue of carbonate contains at least one essay by a previously unpublished writer.
We’re open to all types of creative nonfiction, from immersion reportage to personal essay to memoir. Our editors tend to gravitate toward submissions structured around narratives, but we’re always happy to be pleasantly surprised by work that breaks outside this general mold. Above all, we’re most interested in writing that blends style with substance, and reaches beyond the personal to tell us something new about the world. We firmly believe that great writing can make any subject interesting to a general audience.
Art: Please submit only 4-6 pieces per email. However, you may submit more than one email. We prefer to receive submissions digitally as JPEGs or PNGs sent via email to email@example.com. Please make sure that your name and contact information appears in the body of the email. Each piece should be accompanied by the work’s title (if any), medium, and contact information should one of our readers want to purchase your work.
We are unable to provide critiques or feedback regarding art submissions or the selection process. If your artwork is selected for publication, you will be notified by telephone or email with further information. If you do not hear from us in 4-8 week’s time, you should assume that your submission was not a fit for our publication at this time, but we will place them in our files for potential use in future publications. We do accept professionally presented pencil or pen/ink images.
Photography: The photography published in ‘carbonate’ is very high level, professional-quality imagery suitable for commercial purposes. If you are a recreational photographer/hobbyist, unfortunately your work will likely not be a fit for our product lines.
The following publishing deadlines are set for the forthcoming publications. If we receive a submission between deadlines, we will assume it is meant for the next issue.
October 2015 deadline August 31, 2015
January 2016 deadline October 31, 2016
April 2016 deadline February 1, 2016
July 2016 deadline May 1, 2016
October 2016 deadline August 31, 2016
Simultaneous submissions must be marked as such, and you should notify us immediately in the event your work is accepted elsewhere.
We do not pay contributors for any work published in carbonate. However, accepted contributors will receive a 1-year digital subscription beginning with the edition your work appears in.
Upon acceptance, we acquire first rights for publication in our online magazine and one-time rights for pieces selected for re-publication. Following publication, all rights revert to the author. Should we desire to use your work in any other context (primarily, this might occur in an advertisement-type context), we will contact you via email requesting the appropriate permission.
Visit carbonate: http://carbonatemagazine.org/