Zoetic Press takes submissions on a rolling basis.
We invite authors to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them: re-write a familiar story from a new point of view, mash genres together, give us a personal essay about some aspect of our theme that has haunted you all your life. We also invite art that will accompany the literature.
We are currently reading:
We prefer work where the connection to the theme is clear-- think "literary fanfic." Loosely connected submissions (something based on a theme, emotion, or atmosphere in the work) are less likely to find a spot in each issue's line-up.
NonBinary Review pays 1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, and a flat fee of $10 per poem and $25 per piece of visual art, payable upon receipt of the signed publication contract. In return, we ask for worldwide serial rights and electronic publishing rights. All contributors will receive a complimentary PDF of the issue in which their work appears. Works accepted for publication on the NonBinary Review website (Alphanumeric) will also appear in the published ebook and be recorded for the benefit of the visually impaired. Authors whose pieces are published online are paid a flat fee of $15.
Viable is a tiny (4.25"x5.5") chapbooks with a single short story or series of poems. These chapbooks are available only to our Patreon supporters, and will not be for sale anywhere else. Due to the volume of submissions, this category is only open ONE WEEK EVERY OTHER MONTH, beginning on the first Monday. If the link doesn't work, it isn't open. Click here if you'd like to be notified the next time Viable is open.
We accept fiction and nonfiction up to 2000 words on any subject, although some subjects are better received than others. We're not excited about literature that glorifies bigotry, misogyny or violence. Or Westerns.
We also accept poetry, although due to the tiny size of these chapbooks, poetry that employs a lot of white space or formats that rely on positioning things in a certain way on the page are unlikely to work. We also want enough poetry to fill at least 12 tiny pages - twelve tiny poems, or three to five medium-length poems, a maximum of 216 lines total.
The Literary Whip
Writers everywhere submit their work to literary journals and hope for the best. And when they get that inevitable rejection, there's no way of knowing why their piece was rejected. Until now.
The Literary Whip is a podcast where Zoetic editor in chief Lise Quintana talks to editors from various literary journals about pieces that almost but didn't quite make the cut. We examine what worked, what didn't work, and why a piece may not fit in with our literary philosophies.
This category is only open to the editors of literary journals. If you are the author of a piece that was rejected, email the editor of the journal that rejected you and have them contact us directly.
***AUTHORS MAY NOT SUBMIT THEIR OWN WORKS***
Editors of literary journals have to make some hard calls when it comes to choosing what graces their pages. Sometimes, you're faced with two very similar pieces and have to choose one. Sometimes, space constraints mean that something you liked gets cut. What makes one good story just that tiny bit better than another?
The Literary Whip is a semi-weekly podcast that talks to editors about their rejects. We publish the original stories online so that listeners can read what we read and follow along.
We're looking for those stories that you almost accepted, but that ultimately didn't make the grade. Zoetic Press will contact your author for permission and will pay the author $20 for their piece to appear. The press will receive a plug on the show and on the website. We record via Skype, so you don't have to be local to our office to participate.
Want your art on the cover of NonBinary Review?
We're looking for art that captures the gestalt of our theme. Something that stands on its own without explanation, but that explains everything. Something we would never have thought of, but is obvious once seen. We're currently looking for covers for the following issues:
Issue #20 Books of Blood
Issue #21 HG Wells
Each submission should be scaled to fit our 5.5" x 8.5" trim size, and should be print quality (300 dpi or better). We ask for non-exclusive right to use as our cover image online, electronically, and in print, and pay $50 on acceptance.
NonBinary Review is a quarterly digital literary journal that joins poetry, fiction, essays, and art around each issue's theme. We invite authors to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them: re-write a familiar story from a new point of view, mash genres together, give us a personal essay about some aspect of our theme that has haunted you all your life. We also invite art that will accompany the literature. All submissions must have a clear and obvious relationship to some specific aspect of the source text (a character, episode, or setting). Submissions only related by a vague, general, thematic similarity are unlikely to be accepted.
We are open to submissions which relate to Homer's The Odyssey. While there are many excellent translations of this epic, we particularly like the 2017 translation by Emily Wilson. Please bear in mind that we're looking for pieces that relate to the BOOKS ONLY. References to movies or television shows will not be accepted.
Submissions which do not tie into the plots or make use of characters/settings from the books WILL NOT be considered—there needs to be a clear connection to the source material.
We want language that makes us reach for a dictionary or a tissue or both. Words in combinations and patterns that leave the faint of heart a little dizzy.
FICTION, CREATIVE NON-FICTION, FLASH & HYBRID/EXPERIMENTAL
NonBinary Review accepts fiction and creative non-fiction of up to 5,000 words in length, although shorter is probably better. Fiction should be double spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman or similar font in a Word document or text file. We do not accept .pdfs. Authors may submit up to 5 pieces of flash fiction, no more than 1000 words each, in this category. Please upload each piece as a separate document on this submission. Flash (fiction or CNF) is the ONLY category where multiple pieces related to the same theme may be selected for publication.
NonBinary Review accepts poetry of up to 3 pages in length. Poetry should be single spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman or similar font in a Word document or text file. We do not accept .pdfs. You may submit up to five files with this submission, but each poem must be submitted as a separate document.
We prefer high-resolution images in JPEG, PDF, TIFF, GIF or PNG format. Visual art must be related to each issue's theme and please attach only one file at a time. Each file must be accompanied by the artist's bio and an artist's statement, which should be submitted as a Word document or text file, double spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman or similar font.
Your 50-word bio should be included in your cover letter. If your bio is longer than 50 words, it WILL be edited for length if your piece is selected. You may submit more than one piece, but each piece must be submitted as a separate document. A high-quality headshot (preferably not a selfie or out-of-focus photo) should also accompany your submission, although if you prefer not to include a photo of yourself, you may include any image you feel is emblematic of you.
NonBinary Review pays 1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry (singular poems or a suite) and $25 per piece of visual art, payable upon receipt of the signed publication contract. In return, we ask for worldwide serial rights and electronic publishing rights. NonBinary Review accepts previously published work as long as the original publication is clearly credited. All contributors will receive a complimentary .pdf copy of the issue in which their work appears.
If you are interested in your work appearing in our podcast, indicate in your submission that you are willing to appear in Alphanumeric. Pieces chosen for Alphanumeric will be recorded and be featured on our website as well as being included in the issue. Alphanumeric pays a flat fee of $15 per piece regardless of genre or length, and adheres to the same theme and style conventions as the current reading period for NonBinary Review. All contributors will receive a complimentary .pdf copy of the issue in which their work appears.
Submissions not related to this issue's theme will be deleted unread.