Submission Guidelines

We are currently accepting submissions for our Fall/Winter 2014 issue, which will be our first themed issue: Speculative Poetry and Prose. The deadline for submission is July 31, 2014.

We are looking for any piece that has a touch of the “what if” about it, stories and poetry that might be science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, slipstream, or something that does not fit neatly into any containers. An idea about the direction of the future? An alternative history? An ode to the elves that make your city or town or house or car work (or not)? Send over your speculative pieces and answer those burning, what-if questions we all have.

We are particularly interested in poetry from women and pieces of all types that reflect the linguistic diversity of Queens.

Guidelines for all submissions:

  • We strongly encourage you to buy a copy of the journal for two reasons: (1) to understand what kind of work we accept and (2) to support the work of your local Queens literary journal.
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions, but if your work is accepted elsewhere, please contact ASAP.
  • Only previously unpublished works will be considered. This includes works published on an author’s website.
  • If we’ve published your work before, please wait one year before submitting again.  Even then, please realize that our mission is to support and promote the work of all writers and poets in Queens, and preference will be given to those we haven’t published before.
  • If you’ve submitted before and weren’t selected, we strongly encourage you to submit again. Non-acceptance isn’t always a reflection on the quality of the work.
  • In your cover letter, be sure to include any connection you have to Queens, NY (not a requirement for acceptance), as well as any previous publications (also not a requirement for acceptance).
  • We only accept submissions through our online submissions service, which allows you to track your submission.  You can submit your work here.  There is no fee.
  • We do not accept submissions via email.  We no longer accept submissions through the postal mail service.  All submissions received through these methods will be discarded.
  • Upon acceptance, we retain First North American Serial Rights, including serial electronic rights.  All rights are reverted back to the contributor upon publication.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot offer contributors payment at this stage of the journal’s development.  They will, though, be given one contributor’s copy when the issue is published.  Local writers may also be invited to read their work at the launch of the issue in which it was published, as well as other readings throughout the year.