Connotation Press accepts submissions in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, play writing, screenplay, interview, book review, music review, video (for spoken word or music or…), etc. Basically, we′re looking at virtually every genre or crossover genre you can create.
Connotation Press only accepts online submissions, and we read submissions all year long. We generally will respond to submissions within six weeks; if you don′t hear back from us by then, feel free to inquire about the status of your manuscript. Please wait for a response before sending a second submission in any one genre.
We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
We only accept original, previously unpublished work. Translations should be submitted with original texts. Indicate that you have copyright clearance and/or author permission.
If your work is chosen for publication, we may ask for a brief interview, conducted by one of our editors, in addition to a traditional author′s bio and a photograph.
What Digital Formats We Accept
Text Submissions: .doc or .rtf
Guidelines by Genre
You must include a headshot (jpg, gif, png) and a short bio.
POETRY: Please submit not less than three and not more than five poems per submission.
FICTION: Please submit one story of any length or chapter at a time, or 1-5 flash fiction pieces.
CREATIVE NONFICTION: Please submit one piece of any length or segment of a piece of any length at a time.
DRAMA: Please submit original, previously unpublished full-length plays written in English. One-acts are also acceptable, but please do not submit more than one play (full-length or one-act) at a time. Translations, musicals, and children’s plays are not accepted. All submissions should be typed in standard professional play format. Please include a title page that shows the play’s title, the author′s name, copyright information, and year of authorship. A cover letter with a brief biography, production history and contact information may also be included. All submissions should be in MSWord (.doc or .rtf). To give us time to read your play, please allow six months after submitting.
INTERVIEW: Submit a short treatment about the subject before submitting.
REVIEWS: We will read all unsolicited reviews. However, if you would prefer to submit an inquiry first, we welcome that as well.
VIDEO-POETRY: Please submit one at a time due to file size restrictions on attachments.
UNDERGRAD: For the undergrad section we are asking writing teachers around the world for their best and brightest new writers. Our hope is that the teacher will introduce the undergrad to Connotation Press and assist her or him to compile a submission. For some new writers this will be their first submission process, and we gratefully welcome those writers.
When documentation is required for any submission, please use MLA style format.
Connotation Press holds first serial rights for material that we publish. The copyright automatically reverts to the author upon publication. We do not require that material be copyrighted prior to submission. Additionally, Connotation Press retains the right to publish and reproduce the work in print and electronic or website publications, in the original format or as part of an anthology or compilation, and to authorize third-party online databases that reprint Connotation Press materials to publish and reproduce the work.
Thanks, and Good Luck!