Submissions Guidelines

Starting in Fall 2020, we will be moving from our twice yearly print issue to an on-line version.  The good news is that this will enable us to publish more work, and more frequently.

We close submissions from May 1 to September 1st in order to catch up on reading and to put together the contest issue.  This year, we closed May 30th and, due to the transition, we will be opening October 1st.  Send us three to five poems in a single document, please!

We look for well-crafted poems under 61 lines. Poems should be single-spaced indicating stanza breaks.

We will also be accepting more prose work.  You should submit only one prose piece at a time.

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Creative non-fiction and short stories must be no more than 12 pages, double-spaced.

We accept work via Submittable.  Please include a short bio (50 words or so).

If campus is closed, as it is this summer, we will not be able to read Snail-mail manuscripts, so please do not send us any until we have updated this page in October.  Any work sent through the mail must bear the author’s name, address, email address and phone number. Include a brief biography and, if you are sending your work through the mail, SASE for our reply.

We are happy to accept simultaneous submissions (except in our annual poetry contest), but we do not accept previously published work. If you intend to submit work simultaneously, tell us so in your cover letter. Once we have notified you of an acceptance, it will be published as a first time publication. All rights revert back to the author after publication.

We read all submissions, but that process takes time.  This is one reason we encourage simultaneous submissions–if your work is snapped up elsewhere by a more efficient magazine, we will be thrilled for you.  Just let us know as soon as you know.

If you have questions, please contact us!  (That is NOT the address to send poems to, however.)

When snail-mail is possible again, send work to

Janet Bowdan, Editor, H-5132
Western New England University
1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA 01119

To submit work electronically, including contest entries:

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