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 (We do not publish lined poetry.)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 that 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:
How to Submit
We read 6 weeks on and 6 weeks off. Here’s our current schedule.
We accept submissions–
Feb 1-March 15 for our April issue.
May 1-June 15 for our July issue.
August 1-September 15 for our October issue.
November 1-December 15 for our January issue.
Submit up to two pieces at a time and only once during a reading period. If you submit more than two pieces, only the first two will be read.
We do not accept previously published works (including self-publishing and blogs). Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let us know if you are submitting the pieces elsewhere, and 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:
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. We do not publish lined poetry. Do not supply line breaks. Our strong preference is for a single block of text, maybe two, per piece. More than that, we start arguing about whether it’s a prose poem! Don’t make us argue. Some of our editors are already dangerous.
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 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 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 Pushcarts.
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