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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
COVID LIT is an online literary publication aiming to spread art and philanthropy by requiring all work to be submitted with a donation to a nonprofit of the writer's choice rather than with a submission fee. While we're open to submissions on any subject, we're especially interested in work that tackles our individual and collective emotions during times of crisis--not specifically those directly tied to COVID-19.
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General Info: a) Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit only one piece at a time (see Poetry and Flash Prose guidelines for sending multiple poems) and wait until we’ve made a decision on your work before submitting new work. b) We accept simultaneous submissions, though you must state this in your cover letter. If your piece is accepted elsewhere, congratulations! Don’t forget about us, though, and withdraw your submission via email using the subject “Withdraw - [submission title] - [genre] - [date of submission]”. If you want to withdraw one piece in a bundle, you may do so. c) We only accept unpublished work unless said work is solicited by COVID LIT. If your work has appeared in any form on any medium—including social media—it is considered published and will not be considered. d) COVID LIT holds first serial rights for the work we publish. Once the piece has been published, rights revert back to the author(s) to do with the piece as they please, though we ask that, if republished in another journal, anthology, or collection, you give us a shout-out. This project only works if writers get the word out, too. e) Accepted work will be published on our website and will be eligible for publication in future print anthologies. If you prefer that your work not be considered for future print publication, please inform us. f) As a philanthropic endeavor, we are unable to pay writers. Depending on how well this project go, we hope to one day “pay” writers in the form of donations to a nonprofit of their choosing. Also, we’re going to support and promote the heck out of you throughout your writing career. What We’re Looking For While submissions need not be about COVID-19 or the current state of the world, we want work that somehow intersects with the attitudes, circumstances, and themes we see at play. This doesn’t mean we’re looking for a bunch of pandemic stories (though we’re not opposed to them). Rather, we’re interested in pieces tackling the collective and individual emotions we’re feeling right now in contexts both in and outside of contemporary circumstances. How are writers capturing and/or interpreting social distancing and self-quarantining (i.e. isolation and loneliness), illness, familial relationships, virtual connectivity, healthcare, partisan politics, leadership (or lack thereof), Instagram push-up challenges, long-distance relationships, supermarket shortages, selfishness vs. selflessness, cleanliness, online education, etc.? What do YOU think about when you think about COVID-19? Okay…write about that* and send it our way! Our aesthetic is quite broad, so send your realistic or your magical, your traditional or your experimental. What matters the most, of course, is quality. We want to publish writing that excites our readers, that (like a virus) sticks with us but (unlike a virus) never goes away. We want to be haunted by your work. We want work that feels urgent and necessary to a broad audience. We want to gain perspective on some facet of the human condition. And finally, we want our magazine to reflect the diversity of the global population. Please proofread your work. Nothing makes us happier than beautiful sentences and concrete language. *Let’s try to avoid post-apocalyptic zombie fiction…unless you feel your take on the sub-genre adds something new, exciting, and important. Genre Guidelines Prose We are interest in fiction, non-fiction, and hybrid prose under 4000 words, though—considering the medium—the shorter the better. We won’t object to longer work, but we ask that you ask before sending. Give us an elevator pitch and convince us that we should give your longer piece a shot. These emails should have a subject reading: “Request to Submit 4000+ Word [fiction/nonfiction/hybrid]”. Flash Prose We consider “flash” to mean prose of less than 750 words. Send up to three pieces of flash prose in one submission. Poetry Send up to five poems. Make sure these files are single-spaced. Quaran-Time A feature we’re going to try: we’re interested in how writers and artists are making the most of their self-quarantining. What does your day look like? How has this new normal impacted your creativity? We’re also interested in the stories that have nothing to do with our abilities to create. So many people are finding ways to cope with their individual struggles, whether they be related to physical and mental health, finances, etc. These pieces should remain relatively short, preferably 1000 words or fewer. Other Genres We are looking for visual art to accompany some of the pieces as well as make our site a heck of a lot prettier. If you have art/photography that relates to our theme, send it! Also, we open to graphic narratives; please send these as PDFs. How to Submit a) Save your written files as docx. Initially, we will be using Google to read/edit submissions. Hopefully, we can get enough donations to open up an account with Submittable (see the bottom of this page). For now, however, we can only accept docx (except for visual art and graphic narratives). Also, do not send a link to your work—even if on your Google Drive. Other file types and links will not be considered. b) Make sure your file has your name, contact information, title(s) of piece(s), and a word count. Make sure your pages are numbered. c) Send your file as an attachment to [email protected] Your subject line should be formatted as follows: “Submission: [Name] - [genre: fiction/nonfiction/hybrid/flash prose/poetry/quaran-time/etc.] - [Title of Submission]” d) YOU MUST ALSO ATTACH the confirmation page (either a screenshot, photo, or PDF) from your charitable donation to your chosen nonprofit.* For right now, the nonprofit MUST be a local, state, federal, or international organization helping anyone impacted by COVID-19. For a list of some organizations to consider, see our ORGANIZATIONS WE DIG page. Your donation must be for at least $3, though feel free to donate as much as you can. NOTE: a higher donation will not increase your chances of getting published. Submissions received without this confirmation page will not be considered for publication. This is literally the entire point of this magazine. e) The body of your email should include your cover letter. Please make sure that the cover letter contains the following: 1. Brief biographical statement. 2. Your submission’s connection to the theme. 3. The reason you donated to your chosen charity/nonprofit. 4. Contact info, including phone number and preferred email. Feel free to provide an address as well. If we are able to publish an anthology, we’ll mail you one! 5. Acknowledgment of a simultaneous submission. *We ask that our selected charities/nonprofits are neither churches/places of worship nor political groups. Many non-secular and politically-motivated groups do wonderful things in their communities; however, we understand that not all tithes and political donations go toward the specific causes for which this magazine aims. We apologize if this criteria seems prejudice, as that is not our intention. We want to ensure that these efforts are helping the many victims of COVID-19, and this criteria helps us in this endeavor. If your church or politician is doing a specific fundraiser/event geared toward these specific concerns, please send us an email at [email protected] and tell us about the fundraiser/event, preferably sending us a link to the page.*
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