Thanks for considering submitting to us!
We seek prose poems. (We do not publish lined poetry.)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.
The editors of Unbroken seek prose poems that transcend the boundaries of conventional storytelling. Of course, we believe that submissions should be coherent and intelligible, but also that coherence can be achieved through style, tone, imagery, and even transgressive methods. Linear narratives with predictable situations and language will be discounted. We want prose that smolders in the ditch. We want it to cry. Maybe laugh at inappropriate times. We want it to knock on our doors in the middle of the night and demand to be let in, fed, given black coffee, and assured that life isn’t completely insane. We want prose poems that have been fired from multiple jobs and have gaps in their resumes which cause them to perspire in interviews. Poems that listened to “Venus in Furs” daily for the entire year of 1993. We want poems that are the perfect carrot cake at your aunt’s house. We want poems that need extensive dental work because of unfortunate incidents outside bars in Phoenix or Indianapolis or Mobile. Finally, we want submission guidelines that don’t read like Dale Wisely got his hands on them.
We publish quarterly online. We have a reading period of six weeks for each issue. Here’s the schedule for upcoming issues:
For October 1, 2020 issue, we read July 30-September 11. (Y’all better shake a leg!)
For January 1, 2021 issue, we read October 30-December 11.
For April 1, January 31-March 12.
We do final acceptances for each issue shortly after then end of each reading period. So, most authors who submit aren’t going to hear back from us until the end of a reading period or shortly after.
We do not accept previously published works (including self-publishing and blogs). Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
We do not have a rigid word limit, but we tend to favor shorter, punchier pieces, rarely more than 400 words.
SUBMIT THROUGH SUBMITTABLE:
Submit up to three pieces at a time. When you submit, wait one month before submitting again, please.
Please provide a brief (around 35 words and not more than 50) third-person bio. We reserve the right to edit bios.
Browse some of the published pieces in the journal to get an idea of our house style, and then format your submission in a similar manner. Do not supply line breaks. We are looking for blocks of text. We are not necessarily opposed to paragraph breaks, but tend to prefer that each piece be a single, unformatted block of text.
If your work is accepted, we may fix at our discretion minor grammatical problems. For anything more involved, you will be contacted for clarification. We are unable to provide feedback on work we do not accept.
If your work is accepted, you agree to give Unbroken Journal first serial electronic rights to your work and non-exclusive 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.
We cannot pay our contributors because we have revenue. (Just expenses!) We do, however, promote our authors on social media and nominate for nominate for Pushcarts.
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