Paying market, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, pays $50 per accepted piece

Paying market, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, pays $50 per accepted piece
Post date: 25 April 2011

Deadline: 15 August 2011 (poetry reading period begins on 16 September 2011)

The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts is looking for, as you might guess, "compressed creative arts." We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way. Work is published weekly, without labels, and the labels here only exist to help us determine its best readers.

We pay writers $50 per accepted piece and signed contract.


We are currently ONLY open for compressed prose, either fiction or creative nonfiction. Please submit only during the prescribed reading periods. This current prose reading period ends on August 15, 2011. The poetry reading period begins on September 16, 2011. Thanks!

The readers for your submission include MFA in Creative Writing degree candidates at Rosemont College. For stories that move on as a result of the voting and comments of "first readers," a second round of consideration and conversation ensues. The absolute final decision is made by the managing editor.

For fiction & creative nonfiction prose (and we think of the prose poem as such), we have a word-count limit: 600. Please let us know whether you are submitting fiction or creative non fiction. Word count alone doesn't create compression, so we ask that you also consider why this piece works for a journal obsessed with what's compressed.

For poetic forms, we will rely on you to determine what compression might be. However, for those who want some guidelines, here is what we've come up with:

* Poems should not exceed 20 lines or 75 words.

* If poems are broken into traditional lines, skinny poems are preferred. Skinny refers to the way it looks on the page, as well as a weightlessness.

* The poem should have a swift, sudden feel; therefore, lean language is imperative. Keywords are brevity, intensity, and precision. A good condensed poem should be memorable for its reading duration and its longer impression.

For the visual arts and those "hybrid" works that mix words and visuals, submit a .jpg of the work as you'd like it to appear.

For all submitters, we aren't as concerned with labels—hint fiction, prose poetry, micro fiction, flash fiction, and so on—as we are with what compression means to you. In other words, what form "compression" takes in each artist's work will be up to each individual.

In short, we want to fall in love with your work. That might happen in the way we've fallen in love with work we've previously published, or it might happen in a way we have yet to experience. Maybe reading that other work will help in knowing whether you should send your work to us, but in truth, such a thing might not be discoverable.

Here are things that matter:

1. Please do not include any contact information, including your name, in the manuscript.

2. Please include a statement about compression as it relates to your submission as part of cover letter. Please include a brief bio, also.

3. Please no more than one submission of a single piece per reading period.

4. Simultaneous submissions are fine with us, but please let us know if the submission has been accepted elsewhere. Failure to do will result in some facsimile of your face being put on the Matter dart board. And no one wants that.

5. Please format prose to be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, in a Microsoft Word document. Poetry can be single-spaced.

Fiction—Compressed Prose (including prose poems) (pdf, doc)

Size limit: 600 words

1. Please do not include any contact information, including your name, in the manuscript.

2. Please include a statement about compression as it relates to your submission as part of cover letter. Please include a brief bio, also.

3. Please no more than one submission per reading period.

4. Simultaneous submissions are fine with us, but please let us know if the submission has been accepted elsewhere. Failure to do will result in some facsimile of your face being put on the Matter dart board. And no one wants that.

5. Please format prose to be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, in a Microsoft Word document.

Creative Nonfiction—Compressed Prose (including prose poems) (pdf, doc)

Size limit: 600 words

1. Please do not include any contact information, including your name, in the manuscript.

2. Please include a statement about compression as it relates to your submission as part of cover letter. Please include a brief bio, also.

3. Please no more than one submission per reading period.

4. Simultaneous submissions are fine with us, but please let us know if the submission has been accepted elsewhere. Failure to do will result in some facsimile of your face being put on the Matter dart board. And no one wants that.

5. Please format prose to be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, in a Microsoft Word document.

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Website: http://matterpress.com/journal/
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