03 May 2013

a to z presses: a – e

On Fridays throughout the Submit-O-Rama, the focus of Our Lost Jungle will be on great literary journals and presses seeking your work. For folks doing any of the challenges, by the end of the month we will have covered one journal per letter of the alphabet! That means, if you submit to all of the journals covered in the A to Z series, you’ll have submitted at least 26 times!

As a note getting started, some of the journals listed are dedicated to specific groups, genders, ethnicities/cultures, etc. These are included not out of an attempt to exclude anyone, but in order to bring a little more exposure to journals targeting less-represented groups. They tend to be a little harder to find, and so deserve a little attention now.

Get your clicker finger ready to follow some links to the neck of the woods these journals occupy and remember: this is an adventure … sally forth boldly!

Submit-O-Rama: A to Z Presses (A-E)


About: apt is a hybrid print/online journal focusing on literature and art. New work is published every week online; this is paired with a print issue published annually. If you’re looking to submit to journals with a fast turnaround, this is one to start you off: their response time is listed as being just four weeks!

Submission Process: apt only accepts one submission per writer per reading period; that means if you get a rejection this month, you can’t submit again until October. For fiction, an author’s submission may be up to 1,000 words for online publication or up to 5,000 words for print (double-spaced). For essayists, submissions are limited to 2,000 words for online publication and 5,000 words for print (double-spaced). Poets may submit 3-5 poems, while visual artists may submit up to five images per submission of “narrative visual art.” For more on apt’s submission guidelines, visit their Submission Guidelines page.

Reading Period: March 1 – September 30 for print; October 15 – August 15 for online

Website: Visit apt online at apt.aforementionedproductions.com/ 


About: Blackberry is a literary magazine that aims to be “a premier literary magazine featuring black women writers and artists,” with a goal of both exposing readers to and strengthening the “black female voice.” According to the original Kickstarter campaign, the vision for Blackberry came from the recognition that the voice of black women “is often silenced,” with the intent of having the magazine serve as a “megaphone.”

Submission Process: Poets may submit up to three poems (each in a separate document), while all other forms may submit no more than two pieces not exceeding 4,000 words. Issues of Blackberry are usually themed; however, for the current reading period, there is no theme. All submissions should include a 50 word bio with a website the author would like promoted upon publication. Submissions should be made through the journal’s online Submittable submissions manager. For more on Blackberry’s guidelines, visit their Submissions page.

Reading Period: “Submissions close August 1, 2013”

Website: Visit Blackberry online at www.blackerryamagazine.com

the cossack review

About: The mission of The Cossack Review is to print writing from both new and established authors, with “the single and solitary goal of bringing exceptional pieces of poetry, fiction, and essay writing to light.” The editors are fond of “imagery, rich meaning and deep psychological and emotional understanding.”

Submission Process: Submissions to The Cossack Review are blind read, which means they should not include the author’s name anywhere in the submitted document (nor should authors submit a cover letter as part of the submission). One important note from the editors is that works found online or on your personal website, or any other pages, is considered “previously published” and will not be considered. Submissions may include, per genre: 2-5 poems (all in a single document); fiction and short stories of 5,000 words or less; or essays, reviews of books, and creative nonfiction of up to 5,000 words. For more on The Cossack’s submissions guidelines, visit their Submittable page

Reading Period: Work is accepted on a rolling basis, with a requested one month waiting period after a response to resubmit

Website: Visit The Cossack Review online at www.thecossackreview.com

dossier journal

About: Dossier is a bi-annual arts and culture journal “incorporating fashion, photography, creative writing, art, music, and culinary pursuits.” Because Dossier is unthemed and has no specific guidelines (No, really … they say it right on the website!), I recommend browsing the archives and the various links at the top menu of their website to get a feel for the journal before submitting.

Submission Process: Dossier has “no guidelines or themes for submissions.” As such, I would recommend sticking to a “courtesy standard” (3-5 poems, prose up to 5,000 words, etc.)

Reading Period: None listed, may assume rolling

Website: Visit Dossier online at www.dossierjournal.com

enhance magazine

About: Enhance Magazine is a literary and art magazine that will “try to understand the human’s perception of life through literature and art.” Enhance is “interested in publishing new and emerging artists in all genres.” It is one of the few journals I’ve seen that lays out in pretty solid detail the reading period-to-publication timeline for authors, which is great if you’re an anxious submitter!

Submission Process: Submissions are only accepted via email with the word “Submission” in the subject line. Authors may submit three pieces (i.e. “two shorts stories and a photo or any other combination”) with a word count for prose between 600 (minimum) and 2,000 (maximum). Submissions should include a short bio with links and/or a photo, and should be submitted as a Word document (for all literature) or JPG format (for images). For more on Enhance’s submission guidelines, visit their “Submit” page.

Reading Period: The submission deadline for Issue 12 is June 6, 2013. See the website for further breakdowns of submission deadlines and reading periods.

Website: Visit Enhance Magazine online at www.enhancemag.onimpression.com


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  1. already found something i want to try! :) thanks!

  2. Love the a-z presses. Thanks, Khara.

  3. Thanks, Dana, Bolton, and Michelle for your comments! I'm glad you're all enjoying the series! :)


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