Zoetic Press publishes NonBinary Review, our award-winning themed quarterly lit journal. Each issue revolves around a specific theme, but we're asking contributors to go beyond the old familiar media tropes. 

We're looking for work we can read with our whole body - work that gives us goosebumps, makes us see the world differently, has the tang of authenticity, makes us sit up and listen, and smells like....something. This analogy got out of hand. What we're saying is that we're not looking for re-hashes of images or stories we've read before. We want contributors to explore every facet of our themes, really getting in between the cracks, in the corners, all the forgotten places that no one ever thinks to explore. We want to read work that makes us think "I never would have thought of this, and yet, it's so fitting!" 

What we're NOT looking for is work that centers violence, rape, misogyny, racism, ableism, or degrading stereotypes of any kind. We know you're not that kind of writer, but we thought it should be said. 

NonBinary Review accepts reprints, but we do ask for previous publication details so they can be credited.

We can only accept ONE submission per author/artist. You are free to submit as many as you like (following guidelines), but once we have accepted a piece, the rest will be declined. It's not that we don't  love you. It's that we're poor, and this can get expensive.

We're currently seeking submissions for: 

Person of Interest (open 6/1/2021 through 10/31/2021)

Person of Interest Visual Art (open 6/1/2021 through 10/31/2021)

Shared Worlds (open 9/1/2021 through 1/31/2022)

Shared Worlds Visual Art (open 9/1/2021 through 1/31/2022)



Heathentide is that special time of year, from the full moon before Christmas to the full moon after, where we at Zoetic Press celebrate the lull in the yearly cycle of birth, growth, and harvest. We celebrate the beginning of a new year and all its potential. 

Throughout the year, we have had pieces of art and literature submitted to us that were wonderful and deserving of recognition, but couldn't be published because they didn't fit the theme of the issue. For those sad, homeless orphans we created Heathentide Orphans. An end-of-the-year compilation of pieces that were too good to let go. 

We're looking for cover art that acknowledges all this - the season, the hope, the elation of finding a home for these deserving orphans. 

Our trim size is 5" x 8", and we will accept .jpg, .png, .tif, or .psd files, 300 dpi or greater. We pay $50 US for cover art, and submitters must have either a Venmo or Paypal account to receive payment. 

 We are open to submissions which relate to PERSON OF INTEREST.   

What happens when someone finds a skeleton and nothing else? Who was that person? How old were they? How did they end up where you found them? Where had they been before? In a new experiment, we are starting with nothing but a name and a skeleton. The name is Lee. Or is it Leigh? Or Li? We're not sure. We also don't know whether it's a first name or a last name. We need you to tell us who this person was — How old were they? What was their childhood like? Who loved them? Who hated them? What hopes and dreams did they have for themselves? Did they have a secret identity? We'll find out only when YOU tell us! Give us their vignettes, their anecdotes, the page ripped from their journal and tossed beneath the bed. When read together in the issue, your collective creation will come to life, animated and imagined from the bones up.

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 our theme. Submissions with no clear relationship to the theme will be rejected. Although you may submit more than once, we can only accept ONE piece per author/artist per issue.

PROSE
 NonBinary Review accepts fiction and creative non-fiction of up to 3,000  words in length, although shorter is probably better. Fiction should be double spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman 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.

 POETRY
 NonBinary Review accepts poetry of up to 3 pages in length. Poetry should be single spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman 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.

 VISUAL ART
Visual art is accepted in a separate category. To submit visual art for consideration, click here.

ALL SUBMISSIONS
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.

PAYMENT
NonBinary Review pays 1 cent per word for prose, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry (singular poems or a suite), payable upon receipt of the signed publication contract. 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.
 

ALPHANUMERIC
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. Pieces chosen for Alphanumeric will not receive any additional compensation. All contributors will receive a complimentary .pdf copy of the issue in which their work appears.

All work may be edited for typos and punctuation

 We are open to submissions which relate to PERSON OF INTEREST.   

What happens when someone finds a skeleton and nothing else? Who was that person? How old were they? How did they end up where you found them? Where had they been before? In a new experiment, we are starting with nothing but a name and a skeleton. The name is Lee. Or is it Leigh? Or Li? We're not sure. We also don't know whether it's a first name or a last name. We need you to tell us who this person was — How old were they? What was their childhood like? Who loved them? Who hated them? What hopes and dreams did they have for themselves? Did they have a secret identity? We'll find out only when YOU tell us! Give us their vignettes, their anecdotes, the page ripped from their journal and tossed beneath the bed. When read together in the issue, your collective creation will come to life, animated and imagined from the bones up. 

NonBinary Review is a quarterly digital literary journal that joins poetry, fiction, essays, and art around each issue's theme. We invite authors and artists to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them: re-imagine a  familiar story from a new point of view, mash genres together, give us a personal insight into some aspect of our theme that has haunted you all  your life. All submissions must have a clear and obvious relationship to our theme. Submissions with no clear relationship to the theme will be rejected. Although you may submit more than once, we can only accept ONE piece per author/artist per issue.

VISUAL ART
You may submit up to 5 pieces. You must include an artist's statement that includes the date of creation for the piece(s), size, media, and some commentary about its relation to the theme. Files should be print quality (300 dpi or better) and of a size that will present well in our 8.5" x 11" trim size. To submit poetry or prose for consideration, click here.

ALL SUBMISSIONS
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.

PAYMENT
NonBinary Review pays $25 for visual art, or $50 for art selected as cover image. 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.

All work may be edited for typos and punctuation

 We are open to submissions which relate to SHARED WORLDS.   

We all have those books from childhood that resonated with us. Worlds where we felt at home with characters who felt like real friends. For this issue, we’re looking for stories from your favorite alternative worlds: Narnia, Discworld, Dune, Wonderland — but there’s a catch. We DON’T want characters we’ve heard of – we’re not looking for Jack, the Pumpkin King or Toad of Toad Hall. We’re looking for more. The life you would have lived in Middle Earth. The adventure you went on in Westeros. Your experience of being Sherlock Holmes’s next door neighbor.

All works should be based in a well-established fictional world and should obey that world’s rules and customs, and we should be able to recognize that fictional world from your work. Works may NOT be based around major characters or previously published stories from those worlds, although they may be mentioned.


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 our theme. Submissions with no clear relationship to the theme will be rejected. Although you may submit more than once, we can only accept ONE piece per author/artist per issue.

PROSE
 NonBinary Review accepts fiction and creative nonfiction of up to 3,000  words in length, although shorter is probably better. Fiction should be double spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman 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. Flash is the ONLY category where multiple pieces related to the same theme may be selected for  publication.

POETRY
 NonBinary Review accepts poetry of up to 3 pages in length. Poetry should be single spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman in a Word document or text file. We do not accept .pdfs. You may submit up to five poems, but each poem must be submitted as a separate document.

VISUAL ART
Visual art is accepted in a separate category. To submit visual art for consideration, click here.

ALL SUBMISSIONS
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.

PAYMENT
NonBinary Review pays 1 cent per word for prose, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry (singular poems or a suite), payable upon receipt of the signed publication contract. 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.

ALPHANUMERIC
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. Pieces chosen for Alphanumeric will not receive any additional compensation. All contributors will receive a complimentary .pdf copy of the issue in which their work appears.

All work may be edited for typos and punctuation

 We are open to submissions which relate to SHARED WORLDS.   

We all have those books from childhood that resonated with us. Worlds where we felt at home with characters who felt like real friends. For this issue, we’re looking for works from your favorite alternative worlds: Narnia, Discworld, Dune, Wonderland — but there’s a catch. We DON’T want characters we’ve heard of – we’re not looking for Jack, the Pumpkin King or Toad of Toad Hall. We’re looking for more. The life you would have lived in Middle Earth. The adventure you went on in Westeros. Your experience of being Sherlock Holmes’s next door neighbor.

All works should be based in a well-established fictional world and should obey that world’s rules and customs, and we should be able to recognize that world from your work. Works may NOT be based around major characters or previously published stories from those worlds, although they may be mentioned.


NonBinary Review is a quarterly digital literary journal that joins poetry, fiction, essays, and art around each issue's theme. We invite authors and artists to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them: re-imagine a  familiar story from a new point of view, mash genres together, give us a personal insight into some aspect of our theme that has haunted you all  your life. All submissions must have a clear and obvious relationship to our theme. Submissions with no clear relationship to the theme will be rejected. Although you may submit more than once, we can only accept ONE piece per author/artist per issue.

VISUAL ART
You may submit up to 5 pieces. You must include an artist's statement that includes the date of creation for the piece(s), size, media, and some commentary about its relation to the theme. Files should be print quality (300 dpi or better) and of a size that will present well in our 8.5" x 11" trim size. To submit poetry or prose for consideration, click here.

ALL SUBMISSIONS
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.

PAYMENT
NonBinary Review pays $25 for visual art, or $50 for art selected as cover image. 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.

ALPHANUMERIC
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. Pieces chosen for Alphanumeric will not receive any additional compensation. All contributors will receive a complimentary .pdf copy of the issue in which their work appears.

All work may be edited for typos and punctuation

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NOTE: We do not have any open reader positions at this time (we have a limited number of Submittable spots, and they are all filled). But when reader spots open up, we normally promote people already working for us. 


This is an unpaid position, but it IS a time commitment (an average of ~5 hours a week - less during quiet times, more when we're putting an issue together), and it does pay you in experience, camaraderie, and literary pride.  

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