Send all submissions to Lorette C. Luzajic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please put "Ekphrastic Submission" in subject line.
Please add a brief third person bio and include your website if you wish. If your work is chosen, your bio will be published with your writing.
SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS AND PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WRITING ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED! Our objective is for poets and writers to be widely read, not to monopolize your work.
We want nothing less than to grow and expand the art form of literary writing inspired or prompted by visual art.
It's an ancient practice, but its potential has barely been tapped. We want to change that, and challenge writers to new and deeper ways of thinking and seeing. Learning to look at art in new ways can make us better writers.
The Ekphrastic Review will consider any kind of poetry, micro, flash, and shorter fiction, and interesting reflections, essays, and other prose about or inspired by art. Think creative nonfiction or literary prose and NOT academic or industry theory or criticism.
The piece can be an in-depth experience of the art work, or it can use the art as a starting point for expression. The connection to the artwork or artist can be subtle, a flight of fancy triggered by another work of creative imagination. Or it can be the backbone of the piece, central in every way.
We use the term "ekphrastic" creatively. For us, it's an intersection of expression, not legal terminology.
That said, we limit ekphrases to visual art, the niche of our journal, and almost never publish work inspired by music, cinema, literature, dance, etc. You may seem some exceptions on the site, but our emphasis is on writing inspired by visual art.
We can no longer respond to submissions that are not written in response to visual art. We do not publish any other kind of writing, no matter how many Pushcart Prizes you have been awarded. Submissions that are not ekphrastic will be deleted without response. We no longer have time to write back to the major volume of submissions that are not relevant to our publication.
Please include a link to the art. Please include the title, artist, artist's nationality, and year of artwork creation. Example of preferred format for this information: Las Meninas, by Diego Velázquez (Spain). 1656.
Any kind of visual art that inspired your writing is fine. It can be a famous painting, a local artist in your area, or a friend. If you know the artist and he or she has given you permission to publish the image if your poem is accepted, please let us know and include a contact reference to make our part easier. If the piece is in your living room, not online, take a decent photograph and send it with as much information as you have. Any available information you have is helpful.
We will no longer consider Rattle outtakes.
We would love to see more prose. We love the calibre of the poetry that has poured into our inbox! We aren't getting as many quality submissions of prose, either short fiction or creative nonfiction.
We aren't looking for tedious, pretentious curatorial theory.
We are instead hoping to encourage a wide variety of introspection and reflection. We want smart, intelligent, insightful, and creative pieces that don't parade the tired, indecipherable jargon that strokes elite egos and alienates audiences from art.
We want interesting and literary pieces, works that question, illuminate, wrestle, and provoke. We want to be moved, not pushed away.
Meditations, reflections, contemplations, inquiries into art. Beautiful writing. Fresh perspective.
Brief is best. This is the Internet. We want readers to stay engaged. We will consider long works, but are more likely to publish short ones. If you can say it all in under 1000 words, terrific. Under 500? Under 350? Even better!
The best way to find out if we like it is to show us. If your piece is well-written, interesting, unusual, and doesn't quite seem to work for another publication, your odds are probably good.
What to avoid at all costs:
"Ours is a response to an exigent disparity in critical discourse evident in the putative designation of form as subaltern to content and the posturing of the referent and iconological as the cardinal gateway for all understanding when it comes to contemporary art..." (Quoted as a bad example in the outstanding book, How To Write About Contemporary Art by Gilda Williams)
The Fine Print
Simultaneous submissions are fine. Please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Previously published work is fine, assuming rights have reverted to you. We would like to credit previous publishers, so please let us know.
You can use your own work elsewhere at any time, as often as you like, before, during, or after publication with us: we don't believe in holding writers' and artists' work captive in any way. It would be nice to mention us so that more people can find us.
We do our best to respond within four weeks.
Sending one to five works at a time seems like a reasonable number.
There are no rules on how often you can submit, but please use common sense and courtesy and be patient with us. Waiting until you hear back to send more seems reasonable.
We prefer that you copy and paste your work in the body of an email. Word or other attachments are also acceptable. If you are worried about formatting issues, put your poem in the body of an email and include a PDF file for reference. Do not submit a PDF on its own without a supporting Word doc or copy and paste version in the body of email.
Compensation: none. We are, yes, yet another "labour of love" literary journals. It's the harsh reality.
A NOTE ON REJECTION
Despite what some editors or outlets will tell you, the editorial process is a highly subjective one and also something of a lottery.
We strive to publish quality writing in a variety of voices and styles, but cannot possibly publish all the worthy work submitted.
We hate sending rejections, and as the volume of submissions has increased exponentially, this heinous task becomes more frequent!
Please understand that editors receive thousands of works. We love reading your work but simply cannot post them all.
We are flexible and approachable and no one will be ousted for a faux pas.
That said, it takes a surprising amount of time to edit, arrange, and coordinate a post, and that time can be reduced exponentially for us if you follow this easy format!
subject line in email: Ekphrastic submission from Bob Smith/ a poetry submission on Monet/ Bob Smith sending more flash fiction on Edward Hopper paintings
Note from you where you introduce yourself- or remind me if we've corresponded before -or update me briefly on your life if we know each other, because I'm curious about you and what you do.
Here are (one to five) poems/short stories/nonfiction observations for your consideration.
Bio possibilities: Mary Jane Sziezmogalskojmanoff-Jones is an unknown writer living in Iceland with her 719 cats./ John Doe is a 150 time Pushcart winner who writes art features for The New York Times. He has had 209 poetry collections published by Simon and Scheister Books. He lives in Calgary, Alberta on a ranch and volunteers helping kids with art at St. Mary's Church.
poem/story 1: link to Still Life With Apples, by Clod Money (France), 1903. www.link to image
Title of Poem
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