Thank you for your interest in submitting your work!
Extended Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 11:59 pm ET.
◊ Call for Entries—The Flying Elephants Short Story Prize | Judge :: Award-Winning Author Edwidge Danticat
Grand Prize ($2000) • Three Finalists ($1000 each) • Eight Runner-Ups (publication only) :: Sponsor: "Ashes & Snow" Artist Gregory Colbert. | Contest Theme or Prompt: "And We Were Hungry....," or "Hunger." • For isn't it, to quote the late Ray Bradbury, "lack that gives us inspiration?" | Consideration for the Grand Prize is limited to short stories that connect the theme to nature. | No-Entry-Fee.
Flying Elephants Prize Abridged Rules
- Submit only original, unpublished short stories.
- Your name and contact information MUST NOT appear on any page of your story.
- Two entries are allowed per person, and If you are submitting two short stories, please submit each entry separately.
- If you need to withdraw a story, you can do this directly by logging in here. For complete terms and conditions please visit http://andwewerehungry.org/prize-rules/.
◊ Call for Submissions—The Debut Issue
Fiction • Nonfiction • Essay • Poetry • Art • Photo • Film | Debut Issue Submission Theme: "And We Were Hungry....," or "Hunger." • For isn't it, to quote the late Ray Bradbury, "lack that gives us inspiration?" | No-Reading-Fees • NonPaying Market | For information on our vision, mission and future themes and deadlines please visit http://andwewerehungry.org/name-mission-future-themes-deadlines/.
◊ Call for Submissions—HomePage Features Section
We accept submissions of short content (up to one-thousand words in prose or sixteen lines of poetry) for our non-themed Homepage Features section on an ongoing rolling basis. | No-Reading-Fees • NonPaying Market.
If your work is accepted for publication, you retain all rights; we ask only that you credit that it was published here first. For answers to other frequently asked submissions questions, please visit http://andwewerehungry.org/submissions-faq/, which, for your convenience, are also replicated in the Submissions FAQ tabs below.
We Look Forward to Your Interpretations of Our Debut Issue Theme!
This document was last updated on Feb. 13, 2013.
AndWeWereHungry welcomes your short stories. Great opening lines, good dialogue, crazy beautiful conflicted characters, unreliable narrators, moral ambiguity, unexpected plots, thrilling tensions, whimsical melancholy, and unexpected strains of recklessness. Mostly we want the story back in storytelling. Make us cry, make us laugh; surprise, implicate, intrigue. While we have no word limit, we expect stories that are between 2,000 and 5,000 words will more consistently hit the sweet spot and that stories exceeding 7,500 words will less likely find a home here. (Anything below 1,000 words should be submitted via our flash fiction submission category for consideration for our Homepage Features section.)
NOTE: For the Flying Elephants Short Story Prize, only two (2) entries are allowed per author. And If you do wish to submit two entries, please submit each one separately.
AndWeWereHungry will regularly feature on its homepage above the scroll, “the short short story” commonly known as flash fiction, and also known as micro-fiction, sudden fiction, postcard fiction or in China, the smoke-long story (just long enough for the reader to take in while smoking a cigarette). We don't care what you call it, and yes we will consider your fables, parables, vignettes and fevered dreams, as long as your work tells a complete story–with a beginning, middle and end–in under 1,000 words. Less is more. Let your submission in this category be intense, urgent and explosive.
AndWeWereHungry welcome poems on any subject and in any style; and strongly encourage the submissions of serial poetry or poetry cycles (a group of poems written by one person and connected to each other by dealing with the same characters or ideas). We invite submissions of eight to twenty pages of poetry, not to exceed five separate poems. Let your poetry submissions be lyrical, vivid, honest and true.
AndWeWereHungry will regularly feature short poetry (maximum is the greater of 16 lines or 75 words) on its homepage features section. Let your submissions in this category be evocative and witty. If they have a whiff of current events in them or feel like news, even better.
There are the facts, and then there is the essence.
AndWeWereHungry will feature in each issue one to three pieces of literary nonfiction (including creative nonfiction, narrative reportage, essays and memoir) and/or critical essay. Creative nonfiction submissions should have as much sense of a compelling narrative as our short fiction pieces, and critical essay submissions should be well-researched, persuasive and grapple with important ideas that are not present elsewhere.
Concerning length, we have a preference for work between 2,000 and 5,000 words, and while we are somewhat flexible we would not recommend that you send a 10,000-word piece.
AndWeWereHungry will regularly feature cogent writing on our homepage features section. Such writing may fall under a variety of styles, including personal essays, commentary, travel writing, humor, interviews and reviews (especially of short-stories and short-story collections). Submissions in this category can address big ideas or simply make small observations. We ask only that you keep a broad international audience in mind and restrict the use of the passive voice.
Let your submissions in this category be thoughtful, lively and engaging. Concerning length, 1,000 words is our maximum and 350–700 is our sweet spot.
If you wish to submit a piece that is longer than the max pease query us first.
AndWeWereHungry welcomes all types of multimedia/visual art image submissions. Each quarterly issue will feature at least one visual art essay, as well as individual images. We welcome all styles of interpretation, as long as your submission is well suited for the online digital format (e.g., line art, illustrations, graphic design, film and video stills, photography and high-quality photographs of your art).
You may submit up to twelve separate unconnected images; for the visual essay you may submit up to 15 images from a single project. If submitting more than one image, please place all the images in one folder, zip-compress and then send it to us a zip-compress.
Make sure to name your .zip file with your name so its content can be easily associated with you.
Please include a short note with the work's title, if any, the idea behind it, and other useful information.
Please submit your image(s) in the standard resolution for web images or "screen resolution" of 72 pixels per inch (ppi); in either compress or lossless compression image file formats (JPEG TIFF PNG GIF); and image size of 400x600 pixels but no bigger than 600x800 pixels.
For photographic images, TIF or PNG is preferred and JPEG is acceptable. For graphics, illustration or line art TIF or PNG are preferred and GIF is acceptable. Let your submissions make us pause and linger in our minds. Let your visual essays tell the story better then words ever could.
As distinct from prose submissions, AndWeWereHungry does not have a separate above the scroll submission process for the artwork we will feature on our homepage in between our quarterly issues. Rather, the visual artist(s) whose work is chosen for a quarterly issue will be given the opportunity to submit additional work for our homepage blog.
Have some work you think would be great for our pages, but that doesn't quite fall into any of our existing submission categories?
If so, please consider submitting such work under our WildCard category.
No need to query us, but do include a cover note explaining why you think the piece might be well suited for AndWeWereHungry.
We cannot guarantee anything concerning this type of submission, but we do expect to occasionally feature the best of the best from this category. Give us the sublime; make us hungry.
WHO MAY SUBMIT
Authors (writers and artists) must be eighteen years of age or older to submit to AndWeWereHungry. You must also be the sole author and own the rights of the work submitted.
WHAT YOU MAY SUBMIT
Short Fiction: We welcome beautifully crafted work. We are pleased to announce the Flying Elephants Short-Story Prize, sponsored by “Ashes and Snow” multimedia artist Gregory Colbert, in honor of our debut issue. The submissions deadline for the debut issue is Tuesday, April 30, 2013 11:59 pm ET. More on our Flying Elephants Prize can be found here.
Narrative/Literary/Creative Nonfiction and Essays: We welcome nonfiction or true stories about real people and events that is as compelling as our fiction. We also welcome clear and thoughtful nonacademic essays and other nonfiction of general interest. Queries are welcome.
Poetry: We welcome poems on any subject and in any style, and have a preference for connected poems. Let your submissions be lyrical, vivid, honest and true.
Multimedia (Visual Art, Photography and Short Film/Video): We welcome single images and feature-worthy series, in all styles and medium. We are especially keen on visual essays (art, photography or film) that exhibit a strong sense of narrative storytelling.
HOW TO SUBMIT
AndWeWereHungry uses Submittable, an online submissions software program designed to streamline our process and to improve communication with authors, to handle all submissions. We do not accept e-mail or paper submissions. You can submit your original unpublished work here. Because we use a blind-review process, the submissions manager requests information about your real name (even if publishing under a nom de plume) and contact details (e.g., postal mail and e-mail addresses), rather than requesting it on a cover letter or title page.
You may submit art and prose work in any of the following formats:
- . DOC (Microsoft Word format)
- . DOCX (Microsoft Word 2007 and later format)
- . TXT (Notepad or other plain text format)
- . RTF (WordPad or other rich text format)
- . JPEG (strongly preferred)
- . PNG
- . TIFF
- . GIF
All poetry and prose submissions should be in standard manuscript format, but do not include the customary cover note or title page with your contact information, which you will provide through our online submissions manager.
Concerning poetry, please submit poetry as you would like it to appear upon publication, and multiple poetry submissions should be submitted in a single document with page breaks to separate different poems.
While our selection process is completely blind and we do not want personal information anywhere on the entry, we do require work submission-specific information with each entry. On every page of each written submission, provide a flush-right header with the following data:
- Title: if necessary, abbreviate the title to twenty-five characters, because the full title is entered in the submissions manager;
- Word or line (for poetry) count; and
- Page number and total number of pages (if multiple pages).
- The Greatest Story Never Told_ 5000 words_Pg 1 of 11 (an eleven-page short-story)
- How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Enjoy Cable_600 words_Pg 1 of 3 (a three-page essay)
- Paean to a Picket Fence_27 lines (a one-page poem)
If you are simultaneously submitting the written work, include an ‘X’ at the beginning of the header:
- X_The Greatest Story Never Told_ 5000 words_Pg 1 of 11
For visual artwork, photo or short film/video submission, provide comparable information in the file name or in the note text-box of the submissions manager (if the desired information is too long for a file name):
- The Brooklyn Bridge (a single image)
- Running with Boys_Image 1 of 8 (an eight-image visual essay)
- ldorado_Fiction_8 mins (an eight minute short fiction film or video essay)
- PushCart Man_Doc_15 mins (a 15-minute short documentary film/video)
For visual essays or poetry cycles, please indicate the number of other works in the essay or cycle, if any:
- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Poetry Cycle_Pg 1 of 3_5 of 12 (a three-page cycle of five poems (max # of poems allowed) out of a cycle of twelve poems)
- Running with Boys_Image 1 of 15_15 of 20 (a fifteen-image visual essay (max # of images allowed) out of a twenty-image visual essay)
COVER LETTERS, BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION & ARTIST STATEMENTS
A cover letter, contributor’s bio or artist statement is not necessary at this time, though visual/multimedia artists are encouraged to provide a link to an electronic portfolio, if any. If your work is accepted for publication, you will be given an opportunity to provide biographical text, a photo, and other information for our Contributors’ Page.
A NOTE ON OUR Hybrid Publishing Model
Because AndWeWereHungry is conceived entirely as an online market rather than a traditional print magazine, we have opted for a publishing model that balances the online reader’s desire for fresh and timely content updated regularly in a short cycle with the considerably longer cycle necessary to edit and curate the beautifully crafted works we want to promote. As such we have two submission tracks:
- Quarterly Issue Submissions: Each quarterly issue is organized around a theme. There are no words or line limits, and we encourage the submission of poetry series and visual arts and photo-essays.
- Homepage Features Submissions: We accept submissions of short content (up to one-thousand words in prose or sixteen lines of poetry) for our non-themed Homepage Features section on an ongoing rolling basis.
FOR ANSWERS TO MORE FAQs - Please click on Submissions FAQ | Part 2
This document was last updated on Feb. 13, 2013.
FUTURE THEMES & DEADLINES
The themes and deadlines for our future quarterly issues are as follows:
- Debut Issue: "And we were hungry....,” or “Hunger.” | Deadline April 30, 2013
- Issue #02: “The Chief Human Good,” or “Happiness.” | Deadline June 30, 2013.
- Issue #03: “Money.” | Deadline September 30, 2013.
- Issue #04: "The Best Is Yet to Come” & “Disenchanted.” | Deadline December 03, 2013.
- Issue #05: Open Theme. | Deadline March 31, 2014.
NOTIFICATION AND RESPONSE TIME
AndWeWereHungry’s general response time is three to twelve weeks for Homepage Features or appropriate Quarterly Issue submission deadline. Please forgive the longer times prior to the debut issue. We will notify you via the e-mail address you provided in the online submission program, so please make sure it’s correct. We regret that it is not possible for us to provide comments on submissions we do not publish.
AndWeWereHungry will consider work that you are simultaneously submitting to other journals and magazines. If you choose to publish elsewhere after submitting a work to us, you can withdraw it by visiting our submissions manager. You’re free to submit additional pieces upon withdrawal of any submission for any reason.
Please do not submit more than two prose pieces per category per Quarterly Issue or for Homepage Features at any one time. (For example, an author may submit for review at the same time two short stories and two creative nonfiction entries for a Quarterly Issue, and two entries for Homepage Features). If you are submitting more than one piece, submit each one separately.
Poetry and Visual Art/Multimedia Submissions:
We request that, at any one time, you limit poetry submissions to five poems per Quarterly Issue, not to exceed twenty pages, and five short poems for Homepage Features, not to exceed sixteen lines.
For visual art and photography, submit no more than five freestanding images and up to fifteen related images for visual essays. For short length fiction and documentary films, submit work that does not exceed 15 minutes in length, including credits.
If your poetry or visual art is accepted for publication and you have indicated through the online submissions manager that it is part of a series or cycle, we may ask to see more as a supplement to the accepted material.
In all categories, you are free to submit additional work after we have contacted you with a decision about your pending submissions.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORKS
We do not consider works that previously have been published in other English-language publications, either in print or online. Works published on your personal website, blog or social network page are acceptable for submission; however, if accepted for publication by AndWeWereHungry, we will ask that you remove your work from your site for at least 90 days after publication.
PAYMENT & RIGHTS
AndWeWereHungry is currently a NONPAYING MARKET. Thus, outside of our Flying Elephants Short-Story Prize winners, we do not pay contributors for their work. We expect, however, to compensate you by heavily promoting your work as we labor to build and nurture a global community of readers, writers, and artists.
If you still have questions about our submission process, are not sure whether your work is the right fit, and/or not clear about our vision for this online hub for beauty and reflection, feel free to query us via e-mail: submissions [at] andwewerehungry [dot] org.
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This document was last updated on Feb. 13, 2013.