Vol. 7: Call for Submissions – BACK TO SCHOOL

Hey everyone.

It’s August now, which means summer is approaching its end.

That means school is just around the corner.

Are you ready to go back to school with us?

Tell us about how excited you were to see your friends again after months away from them, and the summer jam that, to this day, you can’t hear without feeling that excitement once again.

Conversely, if going back to school sucked bad for you, then tell us about that song which perfectly encapsulates the feeling of dread you had facing down another shitty year of school.

Maybe you’re all done with school, though, and you have kids who are going to school now. Open your heart and tell us how it’s bittersweet, sending your kids off to school. What song will you play while they’re gone?

Or get a little more broad with the interpretation, and talk about how you got schooled by something in your life and learned from it! Life is filled with opportunities to continue your education, after all.

Get on the Memoir Mixtapes School Bus—for Volume 7 we’re going back to school.

Submission Requirements:

-DEADLINE FOR VOL.7 SUBMISSIONS: September 26, 2018, 11:59 PM (PST)


-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:

-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.

Submission Guidelines:

-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.

Other Items:

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.