Guidelines in Brief

  • Submit 1-7 poems (up to 15 pages), 1-10 photos / visual artworks, or 1 essay of up to 10,000 words.
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished work; work posted on social media is accepted.
  • Translations accepted for poetry only; permission must be obtained prior to submitting.
  • Essays should be on topics of ecology, non-dualism, or poetics (appreciations or craft-talk).

  • We want work that steals the breath out of your mouth, punches you in the gut, or both.
  • We have soft spots for topics of attention, affection, ecology, animals, non-dualism and poetics.
  • Art for art's sake 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; notify us asap if accepted elsewhere.

  • Authors / artists are paid $20 per acceptance for poetry, photography and visual art.
  • Essayists are paid $0.02 per word.
  • An acceptance usually consists of 1-2 poems, 2-5 photographs, or 2-3 pieces of visual art.
  • 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.

Ends on December 2, 2017
  • Submit 1-7 pieces, up to 15 pages total, in a single document.
  • Poets are paid $20 per acceptance for poetry / poetic prose.
  • Use Times New Roman, 12-point font, single spaced.
  • Include your name and email address in the header of the document.
  • See Rascal Submissions for full guidelines.

  • An acceptance usually consists of 1-2 poems.
  • We acquire first serial electronic and anthology reprint rights.
  • Response time ranges from a few days to a month.
  • Poems should be so well-crafted you're breathless at the end of them.

  • We like form; we like wtf.
  • We like short; we like long: 2- and 3-page poems are not long.
  • We use the term "poetry" loosely; if it's "poetic" in any sense, try us.
  • This includes verse; prose poems; miniature fictions and essays. 
  • It also includes monologues; diatribes; dying words; and letters.

  • We may ask you to revise and resubmit; if you're not open to this, say.
  • We will ask you to record a reading of the poem; no sweat if you can't.
  • We will pair your poem with a picture or visual art. 
  • If you have an image to suggest, link it in your submission.
  • We'll reject just about everything; take it as invitation to persist.

  • Poems you should measure your work against to see if it's a good fit:

Ends on December 2, 2017
  • Submit 1 essay, up to 10,000 words, in a single document.
  • Essayists are paid $0.02 per word.
  • Use Times New Roman, 12-point font, single or double spaced.
  • Include your name and email address in the header of the document.
  • See Rascal Submissions for full guidelines.

  • Essays should build us up, break us down. and leave us transformed.
  • We like short; we like long: between 500 and 10,000 words = yes.
  • Language should be crafted for general, public consumption.
  • We acquire first serial electronic and anthology reprint rights.
  • Response time ranges from a few days to a month.

  • Essays should be on topics of ecology, non-dualism, holonic investigation, or poetics.
  • Essays on poetics should be appreciations of poets or investigations of craft.
  • Essays on other subjects may be considered; query rascalthejournal@gmail.com first.
  • We may ask you to revise and resubmit; if you’re not open to this, say.
  • We’ll reject just about everything; take it as invitation to persist.

Ends on December 2, 2017
  • Submit 1-10 high-resolution photographs or visual artworks.
  • Photographers / artists are paid $20 per acceptance.
  • Visual art can include painting, drawing, digital illustration, or sculpture.
  • For film/animation submit 1-3 pieces, no more than 10 minutes total.
  • Include a 50-200 word artist’s statement and bio in the cover letter.

  • Photography / visual art should have an immediate visceral impact.
  • For photography, we have soft spots for landscapes and animals.
  • We also favor HDR, over-processing, textures and all things old.
  • For visual art, we tend to prefer the concrete over the abstract.
  • But we love the abstract if it refuses to relinquish our attention.

  • We like dark as much as light.
  • We’ll reject just about everything; take it as invitation to persist.