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SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED

until sometime in July when we’ll be reading for Issue 15, which will be our darker, Halloween themed issue.  However, for a donation of $5 or more we will read your work outside our reading period. This does not guarantee acceptance, only that we will consider your work while submissions are closed.


WHAT TO SUBMIT:

We seek prose poems, poetic prose, haibun, and vignettes. (We do not publish lined poetry.) Both traditional and innovative works are welcome. We want dark and disquieting, we want fanciful and funny, we want surreal and surprising. We want stunning and unusual imagery, and language that compels.

To get some idea of the kind of content we like, check out current and past issues or read our interview with Jim HarringtonAnd here’s another hint: If you’ve been told that your work is “not a complete story” or that it’s more of a “vignette or prose poem,” send it our way.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Please read these carefully even if you submitted to us before.

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK

will not be considered. This includes any kind of self-publishing and personal blogs.

NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS.

Submit only one piece per reading period. If your work is not accepted, please wait till the next reading period before submitting again. If your work is accepted, please skip an issue before submitting again.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS

are accepted, but please email unbrokenjournal@gmail.com with “Withdraw” in the subject line as soon as your work is accepted elsewhere.

NO ATTACHMENTS:

We are no longer accepting attachments. Please paste your work in the body of the email, and make sure to include a title for the piece.

LENGTH:

We do not have a rigid word limit, but we tend to favor shorter, punchier pieces. If you send us something that’s more than 500 words, it really needs to knock our socks off.

COVER LETTERS/BIO:

Cover letters are not essential, but please provide a brief (around 50 words) third-person bio in your email. We reserve the right to edit down long bios.

COPY EDITING:

If your work is accepted, we may fix at our discretion minor grammatical problems. For anything more involved, you will be contacted for clarification.

YOUR SUBJECT LINE:

Send your submissions to unbrokenjournal@gmail.com with “Submission,” your name, and what you are submitting in the subject line. Example: Submission/John Smith/prose poem.

RIGHTS:

By submitting, you agree to give Unbroken Journal first serial electronic rights to your work and nonexclusive electronic and print rights in perpetuity. This means we can archive your work on our website indefinitely and include it in potential future publications and anthologies. Otherwise, all rights revert to the author upon publication.

If you publish the work elsewhere in the future, we ask that credit be given to Unbroken Journal for first publication.

PAYMENT:

We cannot pay our contributors at this time. We do, however, promote our authors on social media and nominate for The Pushcart, Best of the Net, and Best Small Fictions anthologies. For past nominations, please see our Nominations blog category.

RESPONSE TIME:

Your work may be under consideration for up to two months, although we strive to respond faster than that. However, for a donation of $5 or more, we will respond to your submission within three days. You will need to include a receipt for your donation in the email with your submission. Please note that a donation does not in any way guarantee an acceptance, only an expedited response time.

IF YOU DON’T HEAR BACK FROM US

within 3 months, feel free to shoot us an email with “Query” and your name in the subject line.


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