Dear Readers and Writers,
In case you’re new, thought we’d let you know how things work around here. We’re an online journal and welcome submissions (ages 13-22) via an email form on our site. We publish poetry, flash fiction, short stories, travel adventures, personal essays, movie reviews, art, and photography. Guidelines are on our website, and our submissions are always open.
Our response time used to be a couple of weeks, but now we run 6-8 (working on it!)— and some of you submitters will attest that it can be longer than that. Our submissions went WAY UP during Covid, and we’re pleased that we’ve had the chance to read so much good work.
In January of this year, we published our FIRST print anthology celebrating 5 years of online publication! There WILL be another print anthology, and this fall we’ll begin selecting and soliciting work for that.
Being grant funded means we are always hustling and hoping for donations, and applying for grants, — but also that we are lucky enough to pay our published writers, and student editors. Like many lit mags we have a set budget per issue, and once we max out said budget our issue “fills,” and we move all remaining submissions ahead into the queue to be considered for the next issue.
Every submission gets a response, and a yes or a no— but only if we have a correct email. High school and middle school students may want to use a home or parent email as school servers may block our responses. This doesn’t tend to happen with our college submitters.
Since selection of writing for publication is a subjective process, all subs are read by several editors. This may delay our response time a bit, but we feel it’s the best way to be the most objective about the work we receive. And you don’t have to have a long or even a short list of publication credits to send us your work. All levels of creative experience are welcome!
We receive more poetry than anything else— by far.
Payment has been steady for a while at $25 per published piece (we hope to increase this soon), and $75 for work that’s selected for cover art.
We’re based in the Minneapolis-St.Paul metro area, but happily read submissions from all over the world.
Hope that gives you all a sense of the scaffolding behind the stage; we’re here if you have questions: email@example.com
- IUp next————>ISSUE 23!!