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Announcement: If you’ve submitted during the past year, you’ll have noticed that we are behind in our reading. We will not be publishing a Winter Issue so that we can get caught up and will instead be publishing a double-issue in May. You may continue to submit work and all work previously submitted is still under consideration. More information is available here.

Guidelines:

All submissions should be creative nonfiction that has a research component. This might be travel writing or science writing or writing about a phenomenon (think McPhee’s Oranges or Roach’s Spook). Or, it might be a personal essay that includes both personal rumination and information gathered through research (think, perhaps, of Dinty Moore’s “Son of Mr. Green Jeans” or Anthony Farrington’s “Kissing”).  It might be immersion memoir or immersion journalism or literary journalism or…we’re pretty flexible. Surprise us.

But please do not send us nonfiction without a research component or fiction or poetry. We also do not accept scholarly essays that would be better suited to an academic journal, including literary analysis.

We cannot pay our writers at this time, but we will be strong advocates for your work.

There is no page limit or word count. That being said, we’re not interested in publishing books and very long essays are difficult to read online. We’d love to publish a mix of flash pieces and longer, sustained ones.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but not multiple submissions (a short series of flash pieces is acceptable). Please only send one piece and refrain from sending again until you’ve heard about the first piece.

We do not read submissions from May 1st through August 31st. You are welcome to email submissions during this time, but we won’t read or acknowledge them until the fall.

NB: We have a backlog of submitted work. Our response time is longer than we (and you) would like it to be. We hope this will change soon.

All submissions should be unpublished work.

Please include a brief note with your submission that describes the research component of your essay. Please place your name on the first page of your essay and please include page numbers. Please send your submission as an attachment, either PDF, .rtf, or Word.

Please send submissions to 1966journal@gmail.com. We do not accept paper submissions.

Other correspondence can be sent to:

1966 Journal
c/o Kelly Grey Carlisle
Trinity University English Dept.
One Trinity Place
San Antonio TX 78212

We’ll do our best to get you a decision in 12 to 16 weeks, depending on our staff’s workload.

18 thoughts on “Submit

  1. I’m so fed up of reading, ‘We cannot pay writers’. Why are writers so often expected to work for nothing, I wonder. Writing is hard work. We need to eat so we can write.

    • We agree that writing is hard work. We are all writers here. We have all worked a lot for free. The truth is that many literary magazines are labors of love and their editors aren’t paid either, as is the case here. We work to provide an outlet for writers to share their work and for it to be read. For emerging writers, publications in non-paying literary magazines can build a career where their work can get into paying venues or where they can secure an agent to represent a manuscript. If you’re at a point in your career where getting paid is more important than getting exposure, we encourage you to submit to another magazine that can pay–you need to do what’s best for you and your work.
      But, in general, we agree. It sucks that we live in a culture where trained, talented artists (one of us is married to a classical musician) are expected to work for free or cheap because the products they produce are not adequately valued and because their passion for making art is exploited. (“Oh, you play because you love music, so why do I have to pay you to play for my daughter’s wedding?”).
      We don’t know the answer to that very big problem, and, frankly, we only see it getting worse with the changing publishing landscape.
      But we’re here. We’re here trying to get good writing out to people who like to read it. We’d like to get our authors paid. But a brand new, non-profit, non-monetized magazine, even with some institutional support (one-time enough to start a website and we are grateful for it), may not achieve that goal for a while. But until then, we believe that what we do benefits writers (and readers and editors), even without a direct paycheck for any of us.

      • What a wonderful, full answer to that writer’s question (Sharon Farrer). When I first read her remarks I ruefully smiled because I was certain that you editors are creating, selecting, monitoring this journal effort without pay. I love your faith that the journal might evolve into something bigger, wherein writer-contributors can be paid. I love the gentleness, the courtliness, of your reply. Wishing you much luck — I think of luck as open windows for when the best fragrances blow in and the god-like hand of chance reaches in and anoints, as once happened to me — in all your literary endeavors.

    • As a writer who queries agents and publishers, the ability to send in a list of places that have accepted and published your work is very important and more valuable than money – because a publishing credit is something you can’t buy.

    • Sharonfarrer: Get a day job. I have one, which supports my writing. The fact that Creative Writing Journals exist for one reason, to display the words of writers, means the world to “most” writers. It does to me. Whenever I receive a free copy of a journal that has my writing in it, I am as “happy as a loony mockingbird” (excerpt from one of my poems), and it becomes my gold nugget, and I shout out: Bonus!

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  3. The current issue…with its fantastic pictures…. maybe could use some fine tuning, at the tech end… it’s jumping me around, clicking the left arrow seems to ADVANCE it, I wind up in the middle of things.. Could be my ineptitude, but check.
    Lovely journal. Am sending you something now.

      • AARGH. Only discovering this Reply now…. Dec 6 (versus Nov 18).
        I’m on a Mac, and for browser we’ve just switched to Time Warner Cable…. the AT&T just couldn’t hack it.
        And, you got my “Mellow Yellow”?
        Kent

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