Memoir Mixtapes is always open for submissions!
Read below for our current call:
Vol.5: Call for Submissions
As you all know, we’ve had a themed prompt for each issue up to now: life changing song/album, love, anthems. We’ve been able to weave some beautiful collections together as a result of having focused themes each time, and we’re not stopping that anytime soon. But one of the constant things we hear is “I have a piece I want to write, but it doesn’t fit the prompt!”
Well, we’ve heard you, and we think we can afford a pause on the themed prompts for a moment.
For Volume 5, if you had a piece you wanted to write that didn’t fit any of our other themes, or you were working on something for one of our other ones but ran out of time, now’s your chance—for Volume 5 we won’t be looking for any pieces to fit a specific theme.
The prompt is yours, dear would-be-contributor. Bring us your beautiful musically-inspired personal essays and poetry. We love them.
And we love you.
Submission Guidelines / Requirements:
-DEADLINE FOR VOL.5 SUBMISSIONS: MAY 16, 2018, 11:59 PM (PST)
-Send your submissions to: SUBMISSIONS@MEMOIRMIXTAPES.COM (We have a new email account for submissions, so please ensure you use this one!)
-We are not currently accepting fiction pieces—afterall, we are “Memoir” Mixtapes. 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.5 Submission // NAME OF SONG/ALBUM/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 / one song per writer.
-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 2–7 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 with 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.
Response times can vary from a day to a week, depending on our inbox / available time, so please be patient with your editors. HOWEVER, our spam folder has been known to eat potential contributor’s 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.