16 October 2012

opportunities for writers 10/16

Thanks to the readers and guests who have sent notes with hellos and questions this past week! It’s been fun getting in touch with some of you personally, having conversations, swapping advice, and talking everything from fun poetry forms to the return of The Walking Dead! The past few days have been busy with emails and teaching-related-duties, but I’m happy to jump back into the regular OLJ schedule. (To get in touch with me yourself, feel free to drop a line here!)

a-z presses

"Jumping in" sees the perfect phrase for getting back into the swing of things with this week's "A to Z" series listing, because we've officially made it all the way up to the J's. Enjoy!

Start prepping your pencils for these great opportunities for writers
(Image: "pencils" by Borbas Krisztian)
Joyous 'J's

jabberwock review

About: Jabberwock Review is a literary journal published semi-annually by students and faculty of Mississippi State University. Besides having one of the most fun-to-say journal names around, the journal also features poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and art from around the world.

Submission Process: The journal lists guidelines for submitting by mail, but we’ll focus on electronic submissions. All submissions must include a cover letter with the author’s name, address, phone number, email, and “a brief biographical statement.” Writers should send no more than one story or no more than 5 poems at a time. The submissions page specifies that the author’s name and address(es) should appear on the first page of the manuscript or with each poem; this may be a guideline specific to snail mail submissions, but … better safe than sorry! Include a note if your submission is a simultaneous submission. For further submission guidelines and to access Jabberwock’s online submission manager visit their submission page here.

Reading Period: The reading period we’re currently in runs from August 15 to October 20, so get your manuscript ready and send it in soon!

Website: To learn more about Jabberwock, visit them online at www.jabberwock.org.msstate.edu

josephine quarterly

About: Josephine Quarterly is still in its infancy, but that doesn’t mean that it wouldn’t be the perfect place for your babies! Founded in 2012 by poets Komal Patel Matthew and Jenny Sadre-Orafai in Atlanta, the journal is published online in March, June, September, and December. According to the website the tastes of the editors “tend to run wild,” but one thing they know is that “A good poem is a good poem. We know what we want when we see it.”

Submission Process: Poets should send only unpublished work for consideration. Send up to five poems with your submission; poems may be of any length. Josephine only accepts submissions via its online Submittable submission manager; poems should be submitted in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf format. For more on their guidelines, visit the submission page here.

Reading Period: Josephine does not list reading period deadlines, but publishes 4x per year so you may assume they have a rolling submission period. As of today they are currently open to submissions.

Website: Visit Josephine Quarterly online at www.josephinequarterly.com


About: For the past few years, when I’ve asked some poets I know what “the dream” is for publication, I’ve heard the name jubilat more than once. jubilat works to “[create] a dialogue that showcases the beauty and strangeness of the ordinary, and how experiments with language and image speak in a compelling way about who we are.” According to their History statement: “From the very first issue onward, jubilat has aimed to publish not only the best in contemporary American poetry, but to place it alongside a varied selection of reprints, found pieces, lyric prose, art, and interviews with poets and other artists.”

Submission Process: Submissions are only accepted online through jubilat’s online system, and should include three to six poems in one .doc, .rtf, or .pdf file. Poets should submit no more than three times a year. The journal welcomes submissions of poetry and art, “as well as other forms of writing on poetry, poetics or subjects that have nothing to do with poetry”; they do not, however, publish short stories (sorry, fiction folk). They do not publish reprints of recently published material, and state that they are “amenable” to simultaneous submissions. For more on their submission guidelines, visit the submission page here.

Reading Period: September 1 to April 1

Website: To learn more about jubilat, check out the archive, or drool over their list of editors-at-large, visit them online at www.jubilat.org

Happy Writing!


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  1. I'm off to check these out. Thanks, Khara.

  2. Thank you both for your comments; as always, it's my pleasure to share :)


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