Submission Guidelines

While we are not yet publishing a literary journal, in the spirit of putting great writing in front of as many people as possible, we would like your work to feature on Free Writing Wednesday.  At the moment, there’s no compensation beyond our undying gratitude, and a link for you.  But look at it like this: You’re helping a great cause, and who knows–we may one day anthologize!

Furthermore, we strongly encourage you to provide work for which rights have been reverted to you, and for which you’ve already been compensated.

Here’s what we’d like your stories, essays, and creative non fiction to be:

1. Fewer than 8,000 words.  They can be excerpts.

2.  Original Work to which you hold copyright.  We do not retain any copyright here beyond what you hold over your own work.  We use the work with your permission.  We post your head shot and bio.

3. Literary.  This is not to say that we don’t accept genre-crossing, or literary stories that are also romantic, or ones that are brilliantly written, but about another world, the apocalypse, or the Wild West.  We do.  As much as we want more people to see more smart, literary books, we don’t think that a narrow definition of literary is useful.  We’re into honed–or getting there–craft, diverse language, varied sentence structure.  We want writers who honor language, their readers, and the narrative.

Here’s what we want from your poems:

1.  Any sort of poem, maximum 100 lines.

2.  Original Work to which you hold copyright.  We do not retain any copyright here beyond what you hold over your own work.  We use the work with your permission.  We post your head shot and bio.

3.  Literary.  Of course, we love us a good limerick, so if you’ve got one that sings, send it.  What we do not want are poems that are only about unrequited love, or only about your mother, son, or lover.  We want poems that are rich in meaning, layered thick with image, metaphor, and stunning language.

Please submit via email in a doc, docx, or PDF file format to AprilLineWriting@gmail.com.  Please also send a 2-5 sentence bio and a picture of yourself, or an image that you feel represents yourself or the story.  Please make the subject in all caps as follows: YOUR NAME, TITLE OF THE PIECE.

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