Issue 20 Submission Guidelines
The Broken City is currently
accepting submissions for its summer 2017 edition: Death.
Well, there’s a cheery way to celebrate
the magazine’s 20th issue. As you may have surmised,
we’re looking for work that tackles that final curtain
call (kicking the bucket… sleeping with the fishes),
whether it be somber, silly or celebratory.
Send your poetry, fiction, essays,
illustrations and photography to
Deadline is: June 1, 2017. Submitters
will be contacted after that date, with news of
acceptance or rejection.
General Submission Guidelines
1. The Broken City will—at
least briefly—consider any type of submission, the most
common being: poetry, fiction, essays, comics,
illustrations, photography, music/book reviews.
2. The Broken City is
currently a non-paying publication. It
is primarily a venue for new writers in search of
exposure, publishing credits and glory, but does not
discriminate against established submitters.
3. The Broken City retains
one-time publication rights to accepted submissions.
Future rights to individual works published in The
Broken City remain with the author.
4. Written Submissions: Prose
(fiction, essay, etc.) submissions must not exceed 3,000
words. Poetry submissions should contain no more than
Text submissions should be attached to
an e-mail as a document that has the extension .doc,
.docx, .rtf or .txt. Please, no archaic or oddball
extensions like .wpd. If there's absolutely no way you
can produce a .doc, .docx, .rtf or .txt file, paste your
submission into the body of your e-mail.
Place your name at the top of the first
page of the document. Also, use a single, common,
easy-to-read font for the entirety of the document—no
Comic Sans or Lisboa Light. Fancy fonts do not make your
submission look cool; they make it unreadable.
5. Visual Submissions:
Photos, illustrations, artwork, etc. should be
high-quality and in either .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp, .pdf
or .tif format. Multiple, large files should be sent in
multiple e-mails (maximum 10 MB per e-mail). Photo
series are preferred but individual shots will be
considered as well.
6. Previously published work and
simultaneous submissions are permitted. Please notify The
Broken City if your work is accepted elsewhere
after you submit.
7. Accepted work will be edited to
correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence
structure and word use errors. The Broken City
will consult authors before making changes that would
significantly alter the content of a submission, but it
should be expected that minor revisions will be made
unilaterally. Poetry will not be edited without consent,
except to replace frustratingly odd combinations of
dashes with an em dash.
8. After submitting, add
firstname.lastname@example.org to the contacts or
safe-senders list of your e-mail account to ensure that
future e-mails from The Broken City don't end
up in your spam folder.
9. Do not add The Broken City
to your group mailing lists. The magazine does not want
to receive news about your upcoming events or
announcements that your blog has been updated.
10. The Broken City receives
hundreds of submissions per issue. The magazine is
therefore unable to provide individualized feedback. If
your submission is not accepted, you will be sent a curt
but polite rejection letter.
11. Please read these educational essays
from Taddle Creek magazine:
after periods... one: good, two: bad