General Submission Guidelines

The theme for Issue #24 is Patterns:

Patterns can be worn or flown. Bees dance them. Humans walk them daily. Patterns can be mundane or systemic. Tibetan monks make mandalas then blow them away. Ancient cultures left their trace in how they arranged stone. Drums, contrapuntal rhythm, jazz, orchestras, electronica. Knitters and tailors make them, societies break them. Climate is the pattern of the weather, personality is a pattern of behavior. Migration and immigration are both patterns. Diné weavers include deliberate imperfections in their weft and warp; Aran islands’ families’ sweater patterns are used to identify drowned fishermen; chaos follows a pattern, just one our science isn’t precise enough to predict. Herringbone, honeycomb, paisley, polka dot, tartan, chevron, ikat, meander, grid, akwete, adire, damask, chintz, madras, gingham, houndstooth.

We’re hoping to read formal poetry and fractals, essays that help us see when our individual and collective patterns aren’t serving us well anymore, how to resist, how to envision new conventions, prose with both ornament and design, & all kinds of writing that cracks expectations. In this election year, what patterns will we set, and what will we disrupt?

PROSE (Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, & YA & Children’s Literature): Please submit a double-spaced manuscript of up to 8,000 words.

POETRY: Please submit no more than five poems (all in one file).

We only consider work that has not been previously published in print or online—personal websites and social media platforms do count as previous publication.

We recommend you read previous issues and our Mission Statement to get an idea of who we are and what excites us. Subscribers & contributors can submit for free. Submissions will remain open until October 15, 2019.


$50 for prose and $25 for poetry, as well as two copies of the print issue, designed by a VCFA MFA student in Graphic Design.


We ask for first serial rights, including print and online publication—after that, the rights will revert to you. If your work is reprinted, we ask that you reference our prior publication.