Vol. 8: Call for Submissions – WINTER
As Kevin writes this, he’s currently staring miserably out the window at two-feet-of-snow-and-still-falling down over Calgary.
Guess that means winter is here.
And since winter is here, we want your writing that captures the feeling of winter, and the music that provides the perfect soundtrack for those cold days.
As always, we want your personal stories: the stories of finding love on freezing winter days, or stories about heartbreak that left you cold. We want poetry that warms us during chilly times. Or feel free to get creative with the prompt: write about a wintry period in your life, and the thaw that came after. We’re down with metaphor in these parts, after all.
Settle in with a mug of your favorite warm, tasty beverage—for Volume 8 we’re cozying up for winter.
-DEADLINE FOR VOL.8 SUBMISSIONS: December 31, 2018, 11:59 PM (PST)
-Send your submissions to: SUBMISSIONS@MEMOIRMIXTAPES.COM
–Memoir Mixtapes only accepts creative non-fiction essays and poetry for publication in our Volumes. Any fiction pieces we receive will be automatically rejected. We’re looking for your personal, creative non-fiction prose and poetry inspired by the music that makes you feel feelings.
-Please use this structure for your subject line:
Vol.8 Submission // (NAME OF SONG/ARTIST YOU ARE WRITING ABOUT)
-Attach your submission as a .doc or .docx file
-Please include a third-person bio with your submission
(photos aren’t necessary, but if you want to send us pictures of your beautiful faces we won’t protest)
-One submission, based on one song, per writer. For prose submissions, 3500 words maximum (12 point font, single spaced). For poetry submissions we will only read one poem—please do not send multiple poems, as we will only read your first and make our decision based on that.
-Please, be polite and write something in the body of your email. Don’t just stick a couple files on a blank email and leave it at that. It’s rude. Chances are good we won’t read your submission if it’s stuck on a blank email.
-The sweet spot for prose submissions is between 2–6 pages, single spaced. (If your submission runs a little shorter or longer, it’s not the end of the world.)
-Poetry submissions can be any length, but please bear in mind that over 5 pages is going to be a tougher sell.
-Proofreading is the best friend you have. We both have other responsibilities / cats / dogs / spouses that eat up a lot of our time and we can’t dedicate as much effort as we’d like to on extensive edits to your work. Please, make sure your piece has that extra polish and shine before you send it in.
-We try to retain original formatting where applicable (particularly where poems are concerned), but your piece may be formatted/edited to fit our desired A E S T H E T I C.
As much as we’d love to pay contributors (or even ourselves), we’re broke as hell and can’t do any of that; as such, Memoir Mixtapes is free. This project is a labor of love and volunteer work, and will likely remain that way until we find ourselves a rich-ass patron who wants to throw cash at us to do what we love. (We’re still crossing our fingers for sponsorship from Taco Bell, so if anyone has the connect, hook us up.)
We’re not picky about whether your work has been previously published elsewhere, but we’d like to ensure that we’re not going to get sued to hell over copyright infringement, so make sure you’re okay to do so before sending it our way. In the same vein, we don’t mind if you want to submit your pieces to other publications after they have showed up in Memoir Mixtapes first—the work is yours, after all. Just please ensure that you credit us for being the first to publish it.
We make our decisions for inclusion once we’ve closed submissions for the current call; however, we will always respond to you to let you know we received your submission. These response times can vary from a day to a week, depending on our inbox / available time, so please be patient with your editors. That said, our spam folder has been known to eat potential contributor submissions, so PLEASE check in with us if you haven’t received a confirmation email within a week of sending your submission, preferably from a different email account (because Google is likely to throw you in spam again if you use the same address) or by Twitter/Instagram/Facebook message.
FOR TEACHERS WANTING TO GET STUDENTS INVOLVED: We’ve had it happen a few times now where teachers want to use our prompts as a basis for their classroom assignments. We think this is an excellent idea—we love the idea of helping to inspire burgeoning writing talent! And if your students want to submit to us, that’s even cooler! We’d be happy to read and consider their submissions for publication.
HOWEVER. We want all of our submissions to come from a place of passion and enthusiasm, not dread or annoyance. As such, we would ask that you please refrain from making submitting their work to us mandatory in order to pass your assignment. Nothing breaks our hearts quite like seeing “I’m sending you this story because I have to if I want a good grade for my English class” in a cover letter. It makes the students unhappy, and it makes us unhappy. If they want to submit, please encourage them, just don’t turn us into a chore for the students that don’t want to. Cool?
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