MASKS Literary Magazine

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
MASKS Literary Magazine is an independent, non-profit literary magazine committed to amplifying the voices of emerging writers and visual artists by providing a meritocratic space for individual artistic development with the larger goal of fostering literary thinking in our culture through our biannual publication. We were launched in partnership with the Columbia College Chicago Library and the Aesthetics of Research Program: an ongoing series of exhibits and events dedicated to exploring the role that libraries play in the artistic process, creative community building, and resource-sharing in the arts.

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Columbia College Chicago
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Laura Hawbaker
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Managing Editor
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art
Representative Authors
Miya Turnbull, Clara Burghelea, Tyler Odeneal
Submissions Policy
MASKS Literary Magazine supports emerging writers and artists. We accept unsolicited and multiple submissions in art, photography, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and hybrid genres. We’re passionate about publishing new writers, new artists, and new perspectives. We welcome work from BIPOC, LGBTQ+, female and female identifying, disabled, multilingual, and other marginalized and underrepresented voices, so feel free to indicate in your cover letter if you belong to an underrepresented group. We charge no submission fees and, in order to reduce wait time, try to respond to submissions within 4-6 weeks. We accept poetry submissions of 3-5 poems (no more than 10 pages total) in a single document. Our typical word count for prose submissions is a maximum of 3,000 words, be it fiction, flash fiction, essay, reportage, or a hybrid genre. For art and photography, we accept submissions of 3-10 images, preferably united by a common theme or style; an artist's statement is optional but welcome. We ask for First North American Serial Rights (i.e., to be the first publication in North America to publish it), after which all rights return to the creator.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
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Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Reporting Time
4 - 8 weeks
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Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
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Total Circulation
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
6.57 - 9.5
Average Number Of Pages