Reading Period and General Guidelines
Submissions accepted year round. Online issues of poetry, flash fiction, and art published quarterly (March, June, September, December). If we receive something too close to the publication of an issue it is automatically considered for the following issue.
We accept simultaneous submissions (please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere) and reprints (please indicate if this is the case); nonetheless, we prefer unpublished submissions.
We are open to reading/viewing anything. Give us the wildest pieces of your imagination! Literary ephemera of all kinds welcome. Visit our About page for more info.
Returning contributors always welcome.
Send all submissions to email@example.com and put your submission type in the subject line alongside your name.
Send up to 5 poems of any format, length, style in an attached word document (doc or docx) or in the body of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send up to 5 pieces of visual or scanned poetry (examples include, but are not limited to: typewritten, handwritten, blackout, and other experimental forms) as individual jpeg attachments to email@example.com
Send up to 3 flash pieces (no more than 1000 words each) in an attached word document (doc or docx) or in the body of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Art/Typewriter Art/Mixed Media
Send up to 5 pieces of art, photography, illustration, typewriter art, mixed media, or visual art as individual jpeg attachments to email@example.com
These submissions may be considered for cover art of individual issues.
By submitting to After the Pause you grant us first electronic rights and non-exclusive web archival rights. All submissions remain foremost the intellectual property of the artist. Rights revert to the author upon publication. Please credit us later on if your work first appeared in our pages.
Unfortunately, we cannot offer any sort of payment beyond publication and social media exposure.
We strive to keep response times within one month (30 days) at the longest and will often respond faster than that. Nonetheless, please be understanding of the process. If it has been longer than that and you haven’t heard anything, feel free to contact us.
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