The process of this submitting thing is slow sometimes. Between reading the criteria, then any sample work that’s available online, then going through my work to find appropriate pieces… it takes a bit of time!
Another thing that has taken time is organizing the information I have about WHERE to submit. I’ve merged the original doc with the information Trish Hopkinson got from Entropy to make a new Google doc titled “SUBMIT POETRY FOR FREE” to work from. Today’s submission is from the new list: Another Chicago Magazine.
They don’t have an “about” page so here is the information from the submissions page:
Another Chicago Magazine is a literary magazine that publishes work by both new and established writers. ACM does not accept hard copy submissions.
What Are We Looking For?
We look for nonfiction, fiction, and poetry that goes beyond the artistic and academic to include and address the larger world.
What Do We Publish?
Poetry (No more than 5 poems per submission; please include in the same file.)
Fiction (7,500 words or less)
Nonfiction (25-page limit)
What Do We Not Want?
At this time we are not publishing et al., art, audio/video, interviews, or book reviews. Please contact ACM if you have any inquiries about this.
They use Submittable to accept entries. Here is some additional information from their Submittable page:
(Yes, we have re-opened to submissions for the fall of 2016. And yes, that does begin with a month of fee-free submitting, beginning today, September 13th and going until Wednesday, October 12th.)
GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Submit only one piece at time. We will respond to it as quickly as we can, and as soon as we do, you’re free to submit again. Unless submissions are closed. Closed off to you like so many of the better things in life — is what I’d say if I were some blue-blooded aristocrat getting my jollies by ragging on the hoi polloi.
Yes, you can submit your work here and elsewhere simultaneously, but please let us know your work has then been accepted for publication as soon as possible. We’d do the same for you, possibly — one is free to speculate, though.
No previously published work, thank you.
The stipulation of “no previously submitted work” limits me since most of the poems I *really* like, I put in my two perfect-bound chapbooks that are available on Amazon. Pressing on! (Pun fully intended.)
They do have a “magazine” link which gives a peek into the zine, but not the full issue online. I didn’t see any actual examples of the work they accept… so… that meant that I was shooting in the dark on this submission. Not the best practice, but I wanted to get in while the getting was free (The deadline for free submissions is October 12,2016).
I did find five poems to submit to them. I hope they fit into the theme of the zine. Wish me luck!
Are you submitting your work to journals and magazines? What has your experience been so far? I would love to hear from you in the comments!