17 May 2013

a to z presses: k – o

May Submit-O-Rama: A to Z Presses (K-O)
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!

This week’s journals cover letters “K” through “O.” Grab your submission packets and get ready to hit that “Send” button!


About: Kindred is a literary journal that features work by “fresh voices with a passion and talent for story.” The journal seeks “prose, poetry, hybrid-prose, and visual stories that bring people together.” The editors specify that due to the journal’s size, shorter works “generally fit better” (though that by no means precludes longer works)!

Submission Process: Submissions should include a bio of less than 100 words, contact information, and the title of the author’s work. Poets may submit up to 10 poems: one caveat is that poems not only should be previously unpublished … they also cannot be “committed to be published as a collection or as part of a larger collection by a single author.” They do not have specific guidelines listed for prose. For more about Kindred’s submission process, visit their Submit page.

Reading Period: Kindred accepts submissions year round, and notes that responses are generally within three months

Website: Visit Kindred online at www.kindredmag.org 

life as an [insert label here]

About: Life As An [insert label here] doesn’t really provide a lot of information about itself as a journal … but a “fill in the blank” title was enough to make me think, “Yes, this one needs to be listed.” One unique thing about LAA is that in addition to listing the expected specific dates for reading periods, they also list approximations of when acceptance or rejection emails would be sent out! Maybe it’s a little terrifying to know exactly when to expect an email response … but maybe it’s also a little comforting.

Submission Process: Fiction should be no more than 5,000 words; authors should send no more than two pieces at a time. Poetry can be of any length, but it is noted that the journal “[does] tend to have a bias toward very short poems.” Poets should submit no more than five pieces at a time. Authors can submit both fiction and prose; however, the editor notes that in that case, the writer should send no more than one piece of fiction and three pieces of poetry. Be sure to read the specific instructions on submitting via email. Also note that LAA accepts both simultaneous submissions and reprints! For more on Life As An’s submission process, visit their Submission Guidelines page.

Reading Period: Submissions for the July issue are read between now and June 15th,  with acceptance or rejection emails sent out around June 20th

Website: Visit Life As An online at www.lifeasan.blogspot.com

mixed fruit

About: Mixed Fruit is an online literary magazine that “[likes] to see new and interesting subjects, or new and interesting takes on tired subjects, or words that simply sock us in the belly.” Besides the traditional submission categories of poetry, prose, and art, Mixed Fruit also welcomes submissions in the category “Miscellany”: “In keeping with Mixed Fruit’s aesthetic of eclecticism, we’d like to see a wider selection of ‘art’ that maybe doesn’t fit the well-worn preconceived notions of what is ‘artful.’”

Submission Process: Poets may submit 1-5 poems, all in a single document; poems should be formatted as the author would like to see them in print. Fiction writers may submit fiction up to 8,000 words, which should be double-spaced and include a header with the title and page number. Creative nonfiction authors may also submit double-spaced submissions up to 8,000 words with a header (the same header as for fiction submissions). Artists may submit up to five previously unpublished pieces of art that may include photographs, comics, drawings, etc. For more on Mixed Fruit’s submission guidelines, visit their Submit page.

Reading Period: Mixed Fruit does not list reading period deadlines (you may assume reading is on a rolling basis); they do note that authors may submit a query regarding a submission if they have not heard anything after 90 days

Website: Visit Mixed Fruit online at www.mixedfruitmagazine.com


About: Numinous is a journal of spiritual poems. The journal’s definition of “spirituality” seeks to be as inclusive as possible. According to the editor, “Excellence is the only criterion.”

Submission Process: Poets may submit 4-6 poems, along with a short contributor’s note, in the body of an email (no attachments). Numinous notes that they only consider one bath of poems per year from an author … so what you send should be your best! For more on Numinous’ submission guidelines, visit their Submissions page. 

Reading Period: Year round

Website: Visit Numinous online at www.numinousmagazine.wordpress.com 

orion headless

About: Orion headless is a journal that is looking for “some mysterious mix of surprising perspective, play and technical command.” I love their description of what the journal likes: “It’s entirely subjective, and like Orion in the summer sky, a moving proposition. Published intermittently, as headless journals tend to be.”

Submission Process: Orion headless prefers short fiction. Authors should submit in only one genre at a time. Poets may submit 1-4 poems. The journal also accepts creative nonfiction, visual artwork, and essays. Submissions should be made within the body of an email or saved in a single document file. Submissions are accepted via email. For more about Orion headless’ submission guidelines, visit their Submit page.

Reading Period: Orion headless lists no specific reading period, so you may assume reading is done year round (also the journal notes that it is “published intermittently”)

Website: Visit Orion headless online at www.orionheadless.com

Good Luck!


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