Feels Blind Literary welcomes submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, plays, and art from new and emerging writers and artists who identify as women.
Submissions for Issue #6 are open until June 1st, 2021 and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put in the subject line the category to which you are submitting and include a short bio written in the third person. Please be certain your name does not appear anywhere on your submission document, however. All submissions also will be considered for a print anthology featuring work from our first five issues.
While we are adamant about not charging a submission fee, as we feel this creates a barrier in terms of who can submit and how often, free submission days only will be on the 15th of each month for this reading period. Here's why- we've noticed many literary magazines and organizations expressing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement over the past week and we've been considering how to do the same. Feels Blind Literary is committed to speaking out against social and environmental injustice, police brutality, and unconstitutional attacks on our free press. With that being said, we didn't feel just saying we're committed to these causes was enough. Rather, we knew we needed to demonstrate that commitment in tangible and monetary ways, both by continuing to elevate marginalized voices in the work that we publish and by raising money for causes we believe will help directly combat racism in this country.
As such, all submissions must include a $3 submission fee through the donation tab on our website. A portion of the fees for this reading period will go directly to STORY or the Richmond Community Bail Fund, two organizations that are very important to us. STORY provides tutoring and mentoring to children living in public housing in Hopewell, VA, including various arts programs and the Girls Who Code program. The Richmond Community Bail Fund helps eliminate the barrier to social justice created by the cash bail system. Please indicate in your submission, however, if you have a preference for where you would like your submission fee to go. Additionally, if you include a $10 donation, we will guarantee a 2-week or less response time to your work.
We hope other literary magazines and organizations will follow a similar model. We can offer words of support, but even as writers we recognize words too often fall short. When we say we're in this together, everything we do needs to be in direct service to this sentiment.
To all of those protesting, thank you. Please stay safe out there. <3 #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforbreonnataylor #justiceforahmaud #MarcusAlert #blacklivesmatter
Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but immediately withdraw you work if it is accepted elsewhere.
Submissions must be previously unpublished, original works.
Please do not submit more than one entry per reading period.
We will do our best to respond to each submission within 60 days. If 60 days has passed, please send us an inquiry at email@example.com. We will try our best to respond much sooner.
Short Fiction: Send one story up to 6000 words.
Flash Fiction: Send one story up to 1000 words.
Creative Non-Fiction: Send one personal essay or memoir up to 6000 words.
Plays: Send one one-act play up to 15 pages.
Poetry: Send 3-5 poems. If spoken word, send 1-3 recordings.
Art & Music: We are open to all mediums and genres. For art work, submissions must be adaptable to accommodate the space, so send us your work in a minimum of 300 ppi.
While we won't know exactly what we like until we see it, we do like honest, accessible work. Things that are overly abstract or don't make readers feel something don't do it for us. We want you to make us laugh and/or cry. We want you to challenge us as readers. We want your work to pass the Bechdel Test. We will not tell you which writers we worship, though we will tell you we don't worship Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, or John Updike.
Rights revert to the author upon publication. All work published in our online issues will be considered for an annual print anthology. While we cannot pay contributors at this time, we hope this changes in the future.