What are Entropy editors looking for in 2019? Here’s your section-by section guide to the kind of submissions we’re hoping to publish in the new year. Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!
Editor: Adrienne Walser
What do you publish? A conversation with a filmmaker. An interview with a playwright. A reflection on a performance art piece. A discussion on a musician or composer. An essay about the implications of language. An essay about the queer body. An essay on economic issues regarding art-making and artistic production. A meditation on a cultural issue around race. A gender critique of an exhibit. A conversation between a curator, poet, sculptor, dancer, activist, or organizer. A personal meditation on a favorite piece of writing, music, or art. A deliberation on the ethics of cultural work. An exploration of local architecture–a building, bridge, or space. A history of a public art-work. A piece on arts education and public schools. A piece on an arts organization or political collective. An analysis of an art trend or a cultural phenomenon. A creative interaction with a sculpture, piece of music, work of art, or a performance.
What would you like to see more of? All of these!
How to send a submission: Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor: August Evans
What do you publish? Sleek, dark literary humor.
What would you like to see more of? Smart works that are explicitly laugh-out-loud funny.
How to send a submission: Please send stories, poems, and hybrids to email@example.com. We prefer works under 1,500 words, but if your humor sustains far longer, send away.
Editor: Hanna Tawater
What do you publish? Reviews of fiction, literary non-fiction, and poetry (including chapbooks!).
What would you like to see more of? I’d like to see more reviews written by women and PoC. I’m new to this role, and I have found the Entropy extended community to be great about reviewing texts written by women and people of color. But I am receiving very few reviews written by women and people of color. Especially women.
I’d also like to see more reviews that are less just summary and/or extended series of quotes, but that spend more time exploring what a text is doing. I get excited by reviews that focus more on how a text is participating in its genre, what it’s doing with language and form, how the themes are operating, how it’s speaking to or can be superimposed on our current atmosphere, etc. Those are the reviews that really stand out to me, rather than just telling me what it’s about and that it’s good. I want to read what you, the reviewer, have to say about the text! Not what the text says for itself.
How to send a submission: Via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note I only accept completed reviews—we don’t have a review staff at this time and cannot accept ARCs.
Editor: Laura Vena
What do you publish? For the Fiction section of Entropy, we are looking for previously unpublished works of fiction. We are most keenly interested in fictional works that represent a diversity of voices, cultures, identities, expressions, and aesthetics, and those in line with the mission of Entropy to maintain a safe and supportive community of readers and writers.
How to send a submission: Please email your previously unpublished fiction submission to email@example.com. Please be patient, as we often have a tremendous number of submissions to read through. Although we try to respond to all correspondence, we apologize if we are unable to respond to every submission. If you haven’t heard from us in 6 weeks, please assume we are passing on your piece. Thank you.
Editor: Myranda D’Apolito
What do you publish? I publish film and TV reviews, retrospectives, anything related to genre studies, authorship, or film theory, pieces that look at film in relation to the current sociopolitical climate, pieces that demonstrate how a certain film problematizes something that is happening now, and pieces that question the overall role of film, TV, and new media in a postmodern (or are we now post-postmodern??) society.
What would you like to see more of? I would love to see more of a little bit of everything, but I’m always interested in pieces that somehow relate to gender and feminist studies.
How to send a submission: Email myranda@
Editor: Stephanie Tsank and (just recently on board!) Lauren Rosales
What do you publish? Food-oriented creative nonfiction, cookbook reviews, interviews, poetry. In 2018 we started a few new columns. Danielle Susi’s Dinnerview has been around for years now. To that, we added Julian K. Jarboe’s The Care and Feeding of Your Sex Change, Andrea Lambert’s Dining with a Cursed Bloodline, and Claire Margine’s Splendid Grub. We’re also still accepting submissions to our ongoing series Cooking Origin Stories (see CFP for more info).
What would you like to see more of? We’ve actually been swimming in content this past year, which is great! We’re excited about Lauren coming on board as co-editor of the food section, which allows us to read more, publish more, and provide more editorial feedback. We’re excited about how much our section has grown, and how much Entropy has thrived!
What do you agree on, disagree on, and talk about as editors? This is a new collaboration for us, but we are very much in tune.
Editor: Ian Riggins
What do you publish? I publish nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and hybrid work that somehow engages with the themes of health and/or wellness. I am particularly interested in pieces that approach health and wellness from unexpected angles and examine their inherent complexities and contradictions. I am looking for personal and literary work, as opposed to listicles. (That said, if you’ve written a good parody or critique of the standard health/wellness listicle in the form of a listicle, I would love to read something like that!)
What would you like to see more of? I’ve been receiving submissions from a diverse range of writers, and I’d just like to encourage that to continue! Health and wellness can mean so many different things to so many intersections of identities, so I think it’s important to include as many voices as possible.
How to send a submission: E-mail your submission to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor: Andrew Byrds
What would you like to see more of? More POC/Queer writers, more experimental prose, more newer writers.
How to send a submission: Feel free to email me at email@example.com, and ask about address for sending ARCs.
Editor: Sylvia Chan and Sara Finnerty
What do you publish? Nonfiction, including but not limited to: creative and critical essays, lyric, hybrid, braided, visual, experimental, hermit crab, flash nonfiction, literary journalism, and writing for social change.
What would you like to see more of? To truly let go of your writings, you must take risks. Does your essay start in the last possible moment, in a scene showcasing character via action and misgiving? Do you have characters or people who can speak to your outside world, to move beyond your interests, motivations, and fears? What makes a story go beyond shared experience is that you feel at all. Essays which do this give shape to their people: they have mannerisms and gestures; happinesses and traumas; a protagonist who knows what they want and what they’re doing to get it, even and especially if they falter and return once more.
Do the research. Read the essays we publish on Entropy. Finish writing the whole draft and proofread; do it again. If we believe in publishing your writing and that we can work with you, if your essay needs edits, we will fight for you. But you want to be ready: write specific questions for your essay and answer them. When you can’t think of more ways to strengthen—and you’re ready—let go.
We cannot say it enough: there is never a need to *not* write your happinesses, so, please, write your joys, and if you’re willing, give us a chance to read them.
What do you agree on, disagree on, and talk about as editors? We talk about writings we believe in, often those which have been met with resistance; we talk about how we can remain true to the writer’s voice and vision.
How to send a submission: Submit your essays to Sylvia Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor: Beach Sloth
What do you publish? Any reviews of music or impressionistic interpretations of music.
What would you like to see more of? Submissions from younger individuals. My section tends to be on the much older side of things. While this is completely fine, I would like it to be more representative of contemporary culture on the whole.
How to send a submission: This would be really helpful. I would say if it could be sent via a Word Doc. I have gotten an unusually large number of PDF submissions this year, which delays editing and sorting them out. Send to: email@example.com.
Comics Curator: Keith McCleary
What do you publish? I started out in 2015 publishing selections of emerging comic creators’ work (either one long-ish piece or a collection of short pieces) accompanied by an interview with said creator. However, last year we ran a summerlong continuing series (Hello Mussolini) by a creator who we’d previously done a one-off feature with, and I’m excited to do this again if a creator has a larger body of work that seems suited for serial publication.
What would you like to see more of? I’m interested in work of any genre from creators who have distinctive voices and unique art styles. I’m also happy to publish multimedia or nontraditional graphic texts that might not “seem” like comics at first glance. I’m as much a fan of mainsteam comics as I am small press and underground stuff—it’s really more about whether or not the work resonates with me, rather than if it “fits” with Entropy as a whole. Lately I’ve been on a pretty massive binge of 90’s Vertigo comics, so anything with that sort of vibe (somewhere between genre comics and counterculture “comix,” set to a Bauhaus soundtrack) has a good chance of winning me over.
How to send a submission: Submissions should say “ENTROPY COMICS SUBMISSION” in the title, and should include a short cover letter that tells me a little about yourself. Attaching a low-res PDF of work is preferred—if I need something bigger, I’ll request it before publishing. Including a link to where I can see your work online is also okay, but you should still specify exactly what work you’d like to be considered for publication. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor: Michelle Detorie
What do you publish? Poetry—broadly defined.
What would you like to see more of? More submissions from women & non-binary writers. More submissions from POC. Also interested in visual and multi-media poetry, as well as the work of student writers and poetry in translation.
How to send a submission: Please send a friendly number of poems to email@example.com. Please put your name and “poetry submission” in the subject field.
Special call for submissions—ZODIAC POETICS
Zodiac Poetics is a series at Entropy Magazine curated by poetry editor Michelle Detorie. Throughout the year, this series features work from writers and artists who have significant planetary energy (sun, moon, rising, stelliums) in the zodiac sign of the season. I’m especially interested in poems that #resist & support the vital metabolism of dreaming/grieving/connecting across/through these terrestrial curves and surfaces.
To submit to Zodiac Poetics, please send a friendly number of pieces to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put the zodiac sign for which you are submitting work in the subject of the email.
Editor: Jacob Singer
What do you publish? A list of upcoming releases from independent presses and excerpts from those books.
What would you like to see more of? New and innovative texts across genres and by a wide range of authors.
How to send a submission: jacob@entropymag.
The Talking Cure
Editor: Brigitte Lewis
What do you publish? Nonfiction, poetry, hybrid works.
What would you like to see more of? The Talking Cure—a new section coming early 2019—is a venue for writing on/around topics of mental health and illness. From firsthand accounts portraying what it is like to be in your body and in your mind while also contending with mental illness, to reflections that redefine the alleged connection between madness and creativity, to tales that counteract how culture says womxn or PoC should/should not be affected by mental illness, the series wants to share writing that is honest, vulnerable, and furthers efforts to de-stigmatize mental health struggles.
How to send a submission: Send your nonfiction, poetry, and hybrid works written on/around topics of mental health and illness to email@example.com.
Editor: Byron Alexander Campbell
What do you publish? Any sort of writing on or around tabletop games, by which I mean board games, card games, tabletop RPGs, gamebooks, Choose Your Own Adventure, etc.; or indie video games, to include most mobile games, “retro” games, text-based games, or anything from a small team. Notable series include Session Report, my series that explores the intersection of tabletop game design and narrative; Playing Detective, Chris Holly’s (unfortunately DOA) series that explores detective fiction in tabletop and old-school PC games; and Dungeons Mastered, Tyler Crumrine’s series on tabletop roleplaying games and supplements. This year, I wrote a novella inspired by a single play through the card game Arkham Noir. I also publish reviews, articles from designers and publishers, and essays about the art of Magic: The Gathering.
What would you like to see more of? I’d love to see more original series, whether they’re from a single author or multiple collaborators. Anybody is welcome to continue exploring through any of the doors we’ve opened up. Talk about your favorite game’s lore, write a short story inspired by a game or a specific session, pick things apart, use games as a metaphor for your crappy, beautiful life. I want to hear more from writers who have drawn on games for inspiration, and I want to hear from designers and publishers who are experimenting in narrative spaces. And I’d love to hear from those whose voices are less amplified in traditional game-related media.
How to send a submission: Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor: Justin Greene
What do you publish? Submission calls for presses, journals and other literary opportunities (residencies, fellowships, internships, etc.). We will be continuing to publish the list on a quarterly basis, on the 1st of March (for March, April and May), June (for June, July and August), September (for September, October and November) and December (for December, January and February).
What would you like to see more of? I’m happy to feature calls from any literary venue that resonates with Entropy’s mission. I’m especially interested in calls that center writing and work from queer and trans people, POC, women and disabled people, as well as calls for zines, pamphlets and installations.
How to send a submission: Email email@example.com with the information for your opportunity formatted as it would be on the Where to Submit list, including a link. Please email at least a week before the publication date of the list you want your venue featured on. For more information about the Where to Submit list, check out our recent post, “A Few Notes on Where to Submit,” which explains the process of crafting the list, contains specific information about how we envision the list functioning, and addresses some frequent questions we’ve been receiving.
Special call for submissions—SUBVERSIONS
For Subversions, a companion series to the Where to Submit list, we’re interested in receiving pitches for personal and critical essays interrogating the rhetoric, politics and practice of literary submission and publication. Some questions we hope this series will explore include, but are certainly not limited to: What does it mean to submit writing, to have work that’s “submittable” or “ready for publication”? What goes behind submissions decisions, and how do editors go about crafting and navigating submission policies for their journals/presses? What pressures arise as a consequence of the frequent conflation between publication history and “success”? Given the hierarchical roots of submission as a term, how are experiences of submitting work related to matters of positionality and identity? In titling the series as “Subversions,” we acknowledge and celebrate that there are many different versions of submitting. We are eager for pitches that seek to subvert, unsettle, and reenvision the submissions narratives that already exist.
We’re especially interested in hearing from zine-makers, pamphleteers, installation artists and others engaging in submission/publication practices that don’t adhere to prevailing “literary” models. Please note that we’re not interested in how-to guides or other prescriptive modes of writing. Rather, this is meant to be a space where we can sustain dialogues about the joys, problems and complexities of submitting and publishing, with the hope of collaboratively arriving at more dynamic and equitable approaches.
Please email pitches directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Opportunities from our Calls for Submissions Page:
An invitation for writing and personal stories relating to birds. Stories involving loss, being lost, stories involving birds, changing relationships to writing and being written, to writing practice, to self, to the sky. Submissions of personal and poetic essays related to the birds. Essays on birds, a bird, a particular species of bird, all birds, your bird.
Please email submissions directly to: email@example.com.
See the series so far: The Birds.
A call for submissions. All poems submitted will be included. Because one yet wants to believe that poetry can still be about the catastrophe and beauty of one’s own heart, and the generous giving away of those words to another.
If the world were to end next week, what is the final poem you write, the final poem you give away generously, treacherously, genuinely, fearfully, necessarily, beautifully?
That tomorrow it may very well all end, and we would know to bear the pain as the day rose and broke.
That the present is undying yet death awaits us all.
That words can still connect and touch, that we still know how to offer to others a piece of our soul.
That space yet expands and we know when to keep breathing and when to stop.
That poetry can yet be given and received, from one human being to another.
Send your #finalpoems to firstname.lastname@example.org to be published until the world ends, at Enclave.
See the series so far: #FINALPOEMS.
It is fall and I am looking for mini-syllabi or reading lists on any topic. A mini-syllabus might consist of a brief description or introduction to the topic and a short reading list that gathers stories, texts, and/or films related to that category or topic. Other topics might include pigs, polar bears, virtual reality, Peruvian literature, Scandinavian literature, translation, eco-poetry, insect poetics, food, slowness, capitalism, water, Muppets, pop culture, whiskey, Japanese feminist poetry, summer solstice, zodiac poetry, clocks, video games, asemic writing, trees, the Singularity, South African history, plastic, the apocalypse, sunsets, the color blue, heat, Texas, floods, montage, human evolution, heartbreak, black holes, birds, sculpture, the alphabet, road trips, etc, etc, etc.
Submit a short description and reading list of 5-12 texts/films/books to share with others.