Submissions: September, December, March, June
Submit to the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, our editors are Tricia Marcella Cimera, Sandi Stromberg, and Lorette C. Luzajic.
What to Send
-short fiction including microfiction and flash fiction
-poetry, all kinds- we love prose poetry- please note, experimental spacing is tough to replicate online
-translations of ekphrastic work from other languages (with permission of original author or public domain)
-ekphrastic book reviews (please query)
-author interviews (please query)
-sequences of poetry, CNF, or fiction (about one artist, one style, one artwork, or other link)
-Throwback Thursdays features (list of your favourites from archives, check out the feature and general format here.)
-We can no longer consider Rattle outtakes.
Length: Prose 50 to 4000 words. We have a very strong preference for work in the 100-1000 range. Poetry can be any length, but please query about any that are unusually long.
EKPHRASTIC WORK ONLY!!!!
We define "ekphrasis" or "ekphrastic" as "creative writing inspired by visual art." Wherever the art takes you is fine, whether it is "about" the art or artist, or about something else.
We appreciate a voluntary gift of $5 CAD (about $4 USD) to show your support for the publication, promotion, and maintenance of The Ekphrastic Review. There are no mandatory fees and gift does not influence editorial outcome of submission one way or the other.
The Ekphrastic Challenges and Contests
The Ekphrastic Writing Challenges continue with their own deadlines for all genres. The challenges have their own submission address, so please follow the instructions posted with each prompt. We have a variety of contests and events with their own deadlines as well. Rules will vary with each contest.
By submitting to The Ekphrastic Review, you are automatically joining our subscribers' list. Your submission is your permission.
What to Include
-up to five stories or poems (or a mix of both) in the body of email (you can include a matching Word document to show us format and italics)
-brief, friendly cover note to editor reminding me of our connection or introducing yourself
-brief evergreen bio 100 words or less (say something interesting about yourself and highlight your accomplishments rather than a long list of publications- list no more than three or four journal names)
-subject line: tell us what your email is about ("poetry on Monet and Michelangelo" "sequence of microfiction on abstract art" "translation question for editor")
Edits and Changes
-We do not make extensive edits to anyone's work. We prefer to leave the voice and intention of the writer. We make simple typo corrections or small changes for clarity, spelling, etc.
-We assume the work you send is finished. Do not send new versions or changes to your work or to your bio during consideration or after publication.
It is difficult to publish experimental works accurately. Flush left is best. We love creative formats but if we can't publish it accurately, we won't be able to use it. If you are submitting a work that does not flush left and we accept said work, expect to see if formatted flush left on publication day. If there are different fonts and different font sizes, slash-throughs, underlines, and changing boldface and italics considerations, expect to see all of these levelled out into standard type on publication day.
Please understand that this is not out of disrespect for creative formatting, font play, or a preference for flush left margins! We adore e.e. cummings. It is entirely a practical matter. The host's software and natural virtual habits make unusual formatting very difficult or impossible. Sorry.
We cannot pay. This journal is a volunteer effort, run out of pocket by the editor. Sorry.
Some of our contests have cash prizes and are clearly noted. The entry fees from those contests help us offer the prizes.
Reprints/ Simultaneous Submissions
Simultaneous submissions are assumed.
Reprints are welcome.
If your work has been published before, let us know where so we can credit it appropriately.
Drop us a line with "WITHDRAW" in the subject if any of your submitted works are chosen elsewhere. Congratulations!
We enjoy ongoing relationships with writers. But please wait until you hear back from a round of submissions before sending more.
The Ekphrastic Review is free to anyone with Internet connection. We do not charge mandatory reading fees, and we do not use ads that detract from author's works.
Please consider a small gift if you are able. It takes an incredible amount of time to maintain an open submission and democratic submission policy. Your gift will not influence whether or not we accept your work, but it will help support and maintain a unique arts journal that publishes and promotes ekphrastic literature. Click here to send us a coffee or some web maintenance fees!
Who Can Submit
We welcome submissions from anyone, anywhere.
Response time varies from two to twelve weeks, depending on volume and backlog.
You always own your work and we never do.
We do keep your work in our archives online if we accept it. We will not remove it just because you decide you no longer like it, have changed it, or want someone else to have it instead.
You are free to use your own work anywhere, anytime, before, during, or after we publish it. We do appreciate it very much if you acknowledge The Ekphrastic Review when work we published appears elsewhere. Thank you!
The Ekphrastic Review is committed to the growth, expansion, and practice of the art form of creative writing inspired or prompted by visual art. We define ekphrastic writing simply as "creative writing inspired by art." 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, or it can be central to the work.
Info on How to Include Artwork in Submission
Please include a link to the artwork or a low to moderate resolution jpeg.
Please organize the information in a way that makes it apparent what work goes with what poem or story.
Please include the title, artist, artist's nationality, and year of artwork creation.
Example of preferred format:
Las Meninas, by Diego Velázquez (Spain) 1656
Asking For a Friend, by Lorette C. Luzajic (Canada) 2017
Do not put artwork into Word document or PDF.
For contemporary and recent art, if you have permission to use the artwork, or a connection to the artist, please share that information. A link to or contact at gallery or rep is helpful. We seek permission to show living artists or copyrighted artwork, but it can be an obstacle. We are grateful if you can help us remove that obstacle if you have a way in.
A Note on Rejection
We hate sending sorry notices.
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 receive thousands of works. The Ekphrastic Review simply cannot post them all.
We don't send criticism or detailed reasons when we politely return your work. There are many reasons we can't use a piece, but the most likely is that we simply don't have room for all of the good writing we get.
SAMPLE SUBMISSION FOR REFERENCE:
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: Betty Smith sending more flash fiction on Picasso 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 three nonfiction observations for your consideration. My bio follows.
poem/story 1: link to Still Life With Apples, by Clod Money (France) 1903
Title of Poem
Do you like it.
Mary Jane Sziezmogalskojmanoff-Jones
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. She has had 209 poetry collections published by Cool Press Books. She lives in Calgary, Alberta on a ranch and volunteers helping kids with art at St. Mary's Church.