"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


(Feb 2016 issue)

Ends on 1/15/2016

As this established literary journal changes hands, the theme for the next edition accordingly focuses on change as an inevitable force in our lives, ideally though not certainly a force for progress and growth. We’re looking for contributions relating to political and social change and well as changes in the human character. We’re looking for work that envisions the future, better tomorrows and bitter tomorrows, changes in love and life and the heart of humankind.

Conclave: A Journal of Character seeks poetry, fiction, and non-fiction of exceptional literary merit. The work we seek has a transcendent aesthetic impact on the reader. It is not merely about the mystery of being, but heightens the reader’s sense of the mystery underlying the fabric of our daily lives. We are looking for work about character or work that displays character, that holds it up to a fresh light and helps reader see what they did not see before.

We seek to be broad, inclusive, and open to perspectives spanning all spectrums of thought, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

We are interested in work originally written in English and work in English translation from any language. We are interested in all genres, including mixed or multiple genre works, or work that simply defies classification.


1   We are an environmentally conscious journal and only accept submissions through Submittable.

2   Format and Length. Poetry: Submit 1-3 original, unpublished poems, in a single document, each poem on a separate page, no longer than 10 pages total. Short Fiction: Submit 1 story, no longer than 5000 words. Creative Nonfiction: Submit one essay, no longer than 5000 words. Photography: Submit 1-3 photographs, black and white only. Unclassifiable: No longer than 2000 words.

3   You are welcome to submit more than once, but each submission must be a separate file uploaded to Submittable.

4   Do not put your name or any other identifying information on the document that holds your submission. Do not include your name in the file name for your submission. We follow a “blind” reading system: our editors read all submissions without knowing who wrote them.

5   Use Times New Roman 12 pt. for the text of your submission. Single-space your poems; double space between stanzas. Double-space prose manuscripts.

6   Include a 60-word bio written in third person, providing specific information about your writing life and your previous publishing credits.

7   No previously published work — print or online — including work posted on personal websites or social network websites. If your work can be found searching Google, we consider it published.

8   If you have questions, please visit our website, conclavejournal.com, or email wbernhardt@conclave.com.

Conclave’s Website: conclavejournal.com


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