SUBMISSION GUIDELINES + FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Call + Response seeks short works of original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and essays. We also welcome art and photography submissions. Submissions for Volume I is CLOSED. All incoming submissions will be considered for features on our website.

 

Literary Submissions:

Please submit only one complete prose or essay at a time (pdf, doc, docx).

For poetry, submit one or up to three poems at a time (pdf, doc, docx).

We accept short stories or other variants of prose.

We accept culturally informed essays about politics, identity, etc. about POC.

We publish original and previously accepted material.

 

We have no length preference or style restraint.

 

Please include any relevant social media links to your profile and/or portfolio.

 

In your submission, please make clear your preferred pronouns, a short biography/cover letter stating where your work has been published before, if relevant.

 

*For translation submissions only: For now, we only publish in English. We do publish bilingual work, however, the author must also provide an English translation.

 

Please post your full name in the email subject line stylized as such: Prose Submission-Your Name or Poetry Submission-Your Name

 

 

Art/Visual Submissions:

 

We accept paintings, digital art, visual art, photography, comics, and mixed media content.

Please include one or more HD images with captions, date of creation, medium, description of the submitted series/piece(s) and any additional applicable information.

 

For photography, please include three or more HD stills with captions, date of creation, medium, description of the submitted series/piece(s) and any additional applicable information.

Please include any relevant social media links to your profile and/or portfolio.

 

In your submission, please include your preferred pronouns, a short biography/cover letter stating where your work has been published before, if relevant.

 

Please post your full name in the email subject line stylized as such: Art/Visual Submission-Your Name

 

 

ALL SUBMISSION ARE SENT TO submitcallandresponse@gmail.com

 

IF YOU HAVE FOUND A MISTAKE IN YOUR SUBMISSION AND WOULD LIKE TO MAKE AN EDIT, PLEASE RESUBMIT WITH A NEW EMAIL AND WITH THE EDITED WORK BEFORE THE DEADLINE.

THERE IS NO SUBMISSION FEE. IF YOU ENCOUNTER A WEBSITE OR RECEIVE AN EMAIL IMPERSONATING C+R AND ASKING FOR SUBMISSION FEE MONEY PLEASE IGNORE IT.

THERE IS NO MONETARY PAYMENT FOR ACCEPTED SUBMISSIONS. WE HOPE TO PAY CREATIVES FOR FUTURE VOLUMES. ALL DONATIONS AND FUNDS GO TOWARDS MAINTAINING THE JOURNAL.

 

SUBMISSIONS THAT DO NOT FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES WILL BE IGNORED.

 

FAQ

Q. CAN I SUBMIT A CHAPTER OR EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK I'M WORKING ON?

 A. No, we only accept stand-alone work.

Q. DOES MY WORK HAVE TO BE AFROCENTRIC?

 A. Although we are an Afrocentric Journal, we do accept all kinds of work for and about people of color. As long as the piece is well written, compelling and has something to say, we will consider your work.

Q. DO I HAVE TO BE A PERSON OF COLOR?

A. Yes. Please only submit if you are a person of color. Please make your ethnicity clear in your short bio when you submit. This journal is a celebration and a exploration made by poc, for poc (and qtipoc). But rest assured, there are plenty of other online and print literary and art journals that accept work by non-poc.

Q. SO... WHAT EXACTLY ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

A. Confidence! We want to publish passionate artists and writers, who are eager to be showcased and are confident in their work. Please do not submit if you're work is not in the best condition or if you do not have the utmost confidence in it.

Q. WHAT WILL YOU NOT TOLERATE?

 A. This is a safe place for creatives to be, well, creative. But this is also a hate-free zone. Although we will accept political and mature work with topics like sexuality, gender identity, racism, colorism, sexism, reproductive rights, etc. We will not accept work that explicitly details rape, vulgarity, eroticism, murder and/or bodily or self-harm.​

Q. DO I HAVE TO BE A CERTAIN AGE?

 A. Not at all! Creatives come in all ages!

Think you're ready? We're waiting!

*By submitting, creatives are giving printing and publication rights to Call + Response Journal. In addition, we reserve the right to edit submissions in accordance with the rules of our style guide​. All contents of this site are held by Call + Response Journal or by the individual writers/artists, and none of the material may be used elsewhere without permission from the second party (writers/artists).

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