GENERAL SUBMISSION
GUIDELINES

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FICTION

GENERAL SUBMISSIONS OPEN

JUNE 1 - OCTOBER 1

CONTEST SUBMISSIONS OPEN

JUNE 1 - NOVEMBER 1

Aesthetically, we are open to most styles and approaches, including experimental and literary. All works should be stand-alone short stories, not chapters of a longer work. Writers may submit pieces of up to 5,000 words.

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address within cover letter (exclude from works themselves)

  • format stories in double-spaced 12-point font

  • include word count (5,000-word limit)

  • number pages

  • provide a brief 50-word bio

  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date​

 

We do not accept work that has been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is selected for publication elsewhere. Please
only submit once during our open reading period.

For paid contest entries, please refer to the guidelines listed at:

John Steinbeck Award for Fiction

NONFICTION

CONTEST AND GENERAL SUBMISSIONS OPEN

JUNE 1 - NOVEMBER 1

We are looking for creative nonfiction, such as personal essays or narratives, not scholarly papers or book reviews. All works should be stand-alone essays, not chapters of a longer work. Writers may submit pieces of up to 5,000 words.

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address within cover letter (exclude from works themselves)

  • format pieces in double-spaced 12-point font

  • include word count (5,000-word limit)

  • number pages

  • provide a brief 50-word bio

  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date 

 

We do not accept work that has been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is selected for publication elsewhere.

 

For paid contest entries, please refer to the guidelines listed at:

Gabriele Rico Challenge for Nonfiction

POETRY

GENERAL SUBMISSIONS OPEN

JUNE 1 - OCTOBER 1

CONTEST SUBMISSIONS OPEN

JUNE 1 - NOVEMBER 1

Our taste is eclectic and celebrates the wonderful diversity of forms, styles, and levels of diction available to the contemporary poet. Writers may submit up to five (5) poems per submission.

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address within cover letter (exclude from works themselves)

  • format poems in 12-point font

  • submit up to five (5) poems in a single document

  • number pages

  • provide a brief 50-word bio

  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date 

 

We do not accept work that has been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is selected for publication elsewhere. Please only submit once during our open reading period.

 

For paid contest entries, please refer to the guidelines listed at:

Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry

ART

CONTEST AND GENERAL SUBMISSIONS OPEN

JUNE 1 - DECEMBER 1

Reed Magazine is seeking artwork that reverberates beyond the page, with imagery that lingers in our minds and challenges us to think. Open to a wide variety of media and styles. Artists may submit up to five (5) pieces of studio art, including photography, per submission.

 

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address within cover letter (exclude from works themselves)

  • include available art credits: title, medium, dimensions, year

  • ensure submissions are rendered in an easily accessible format such as .jpg

  • ensure submissions are at least 300 dpi

  • provide a brief 50-word bio

  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date

 

We do not accept work that has been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is selected for publication elsewhere. General Art submissions may be considered for the cover.

For paid contest entries, please refer to the guidelines listed at:

Mary Blair Award for Art

EMERGING
VOICES

SUBMISSIONS OPEN

JUNE 1 - DECEMBER 1

PLEASE NOTE: This contest is for high school students of Santa Clara County, CA, ONLY.

Reed Magazine is looking to publish the young voices of the south Bay Area. Submit your original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or visual art/photography and let your voice be heard! Scholarly works are also accepted. We do not accept work that has been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us if your work is selected for publication elsewhere.

Emerging Voices Contest page