Submissions

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Submissions

  • Submit 1-7 poems (up to 15 pages), 1-10 photographs / visual artworks, or 1 essay of up to 10,000 words.
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished work; work posted on a blog or social media site is accepted.
  • Translations are considered in the poetry category only; permission must be obtained prior to submitting.
  • Essays should be on topics of ecology, non-dualism, holonic investigation or poetics (appreciations / craft).
  • We want work that steals the breath out of your mouth, punches you in the gut, or both.
  • We have soft spots for work that deals with issues of attention, affection, ecology, animals, non-dualism and poetics.
  • Art for art’s sake and experiment that loses sight of coherence makes us yawn and turn the page.
  • If the work makes you love, whether in passion, compassion, anger or ecstasy, submit.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, multiple submissions only if submitting to more than one category.
  • Authors and artists are paid $20 per acceptance for poetry, photography and visual art, $0.02 per word for essays.
  • An acceptance usually consists of 1-2 poems, 1-5 photographs, 1-3 pieces of visual art, or 1 essay.
  • We acquire first serial electronic rights, and rights to reprint in digital and physical anthologies.
  • In the cover letter field, say something refreshing and include a 50-200 word bio.
  • Wait at least two weeks between submissions.
  • We publish on a rolling basis, closing issues on the vernal and autumnal equinoxes.
  • Response time ranges from a few days to a month.
  • We want work that steals the breath out of your mouth, punches you in the gut, or both.
  • Our overriding aesthetic is fourfold: 1) quality craftsmanship, 2) heightened attention, 3) good sense, and 4) good health.
  • Work that induces care, enhances lives and contributes to vital efforts of sustainability is overwhelmingly encouraged.
  • So is work that takes a broader-than-human perspective on its subject.
  • Themes that will always catch our eye include attention, affection, ecology and human-to-nonhuman relationships.
  • More themes we like: holonic or holistic investigation, original mythology, non-dualism and poetics.
  • Art for art’s sake isn’t for us.
  • Work that exhibits a strong ethical spine is.
  • Pith and concision will increase your chances.
  • So will correct punctuation, grammar and capitalization.
  • Hifalutin language should be used sparingly and only when essential to an aspect of craft.
  • We love the concrete; we love the abstract; both should refuse to relinquish our attention.
  • Passion and compassion are your guiding stars.
  • See our inspiration issue—a virtual commonplace book—for an example of the kind and quality of work we’re seeking.
  • We want your best—after you send it to the New Yorker, Poetry, Outdoor Photographer and Artforum, send it to us.

  • At the end of the day, if the work makes you love, whether in passion, compassion, anger or ecstasy, submit.

For All Submissions

  • Submit no more than twice per month in the appropriate category at Rascal’s Submittable portal.
  • Submit original, unpublished work only; work posted to a blog or social media site is accepted.
  • In the cover letter, say something refreshing and include a 50-200 word bio.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but notify us asap if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Multiple submissions are allowed only if submitting to more than one category.
  • We may ask you to revise and resubmit; if you aren’t open to this, say.

Poetry and Essays

  • For poetry or short, poetic prose, submit 1-7 pieces, up to 15 pages total, in a single document.
  • For poetry translations, confirm in the cover letter that you’ve obtained permission to publish.
  • For essays, submit 1 essay of up to 10,000 words on topics of ecology, non-dualism or poetics.
  • Use Times New Roman, 12-point font, single spaced for poetry, single or double spaced for prose.
  • Accepted file types are .doc, .docx (preferred), .pdf, .rtf, or .txt.
  • Include your name and email address in the header of the document.

Visual Art

  • Submit 1-10 high-resolution photographs or pieces of visual art.
  • Visual art can include painting, drawing, digital illustration, sculpture and animation.
  • For animations submit 1-3 pieces, no more than 10 minutes total.
  • Accepted file types are .jpg, .png, .pdf, or .gif (for animations only).
  • Include a 50-200 word artist’s statement and bio in the cover letter.

Payments

  • Poets and visual artists are paid $20 per acceptance.
  • Essayists are paid $0.02 per word.
  • An acceptance usually consists of 1-2 poems, 1-5 photographs, 1-3 pieces of visual art, or 1 essay.
  • All payments will be made via Paypal.

Donations

Prizes

  • An editor’s choice prize of at least $100 will be awarded each year to two outstanding pieces in the journal.
  • An Adeline “Apfel” Ray prize of at least $150 will be awarded to the piece that most advances ecological understanding.
  • Other prizes may be awarded as resources permit.

Nominations


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