"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

I’ve been so busy with the holidays, but now it’s time to send some submissions out! 🙂 Some of these crazy lil prose poems need some homes!


American Chordata

Deadline: January 10, 2016

American Chordata is seeking short works of original fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for its third issue. There are no formal word limits or stylistic constraints. We’re looking for work that is brave, illuminating, and emotionally detailed. We also welcome art and photography submissions. We are always accepting submissions, but the deadline for the third issue, to publish Spring 2016, is January 10, 2016. For more information, please visit our website: americanchordata.org.

Submission Guidelines

Please send us only finished work that you really believe in.

Send all submissions via email to submissions@americanchordata.org.

Use the subject line, “[Fiction / Nonfiction / Poetry / Art / Photo] Submission.”

Please include a short autobiographical note in the body of your email.

At this time we are only accepting online submissions. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions must be in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt formats. We welcome art and photography submissions in the form of low-resolution jpegs or links at which we can find the work online.

Please submit no more than 2 works of prose at a time, and no more than 6 works of poetry, art, or photography (3 if the poems are longish).

We’ll get back to you as quickly as we can, but allow up to 12 weeks for a response during reading periods.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we hope you’ll let us know if your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere.

If accepted for publication, we ask for first serial rights to publish and distribute your story, essay, or poem(s) in the English language, in print and electronic formats, throughout the world.

We are a small, independent magazine and regret that we cannot offer compensation for publication at this time.

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