Submissions

Smoky Quartz Anniversary Anthology

 Special Print Edition

OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

January 15, 2022 – March 15, 2022

Theme: Transformations

 

Help us celebrate the ten-year anniversary of Smoky Quartz! We seek poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, art and photography for a special print edition anthology that will include new work along with a selection of pieces from past online issues.

The theme for the Smoky Quartz anthology is Transformations. We invite you to explore wherever this concept leads you: into light, or darkness, or shades in between. We welcome submissions from new, emerging, and established writers and artists with ties to New Hampshire.

Please read all guidelines carefully (see below). We look forward to reading your work and viewing your art and photography!

SUBMISSION Guidelines – Print Edition

General Guidelines:

  • Submit your work as an attachment to an email to: mwgsmokyquartz@gmail.com.
  • In the subject line of your email, identify the type of submission: Poetry, Prose, or Art /Photography.
  • Do not include your name or other identifying information in the attachment of your work.
  • In the body of the email, include your name, the titles of your work, and a brief, third-person biography. Your bio should be short (up to 100 words or so) and must include your connection to New Hampshire (please see Note). If you have an author or artist site online, you may include a link to it within your bio.

Note: We interpret “New Hampshire Connection” to include things such as living, working, or attending school in New Hampshire (either currently or in the past); or spending significant periods of time in the state, including activities such as attending summer camp, vacationing, etc. in New Hampshire (either currently or in the past). Unfortunately, we cannot consider work from writers and artists without a connection to New Hampshire. Email us if you have questions about this requirement.

  • You may submit work for multiple genres.
  • Submit work for different genres in separate emails (e.g. one email for poetry and a separate email for fiction).
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately.
  • Submit unpublished work only.
  • We do not charge a fee for submissions.

Guidelines by Genre:

Poetry

  • We accept all types of poetry (e.g., narrative, lyric, prose, etc.) in any form (e.g., blank verse, free verse, haiku, sonnet, sestina, etc.).
  • You may submit 1-3 poems, not to exceed 6 single-spaced pages in total.
  • Submit all poems in one document (MS Word or RTF file).
  • Begin each poem on a new page.
  • Use the title of your poem(s) to name your document. If you submit multiple poems, use the title of the first poem in the document.
  • Remember to remove your name and other identifying information from your document.
  • Include your name, the title(s) of your work, and a third-person bio with your New Hampshire connection in the body of your email.

Prose

  • We accept flash (1000 words or fewer); longer prose (up to 2500 words), including short stories, stand-alone chapters or excerpts from longer work, personal essay, short memoir, travel writing, and hybrid prose (for example, prose that integrates poetry and/or images).
  • You may submit 1 piece of prose.
  • Provide a word count at the beginning of the piece of prose.
  • Use Times New Roman, 12, double-spaced.
  • Do not indent the first line in each paragraph.
  • Add a line between paragraphs.
  • Submit work in one document (MS Word or RTF file).
  • Use the title of your work to name your document.
  • Remember to remove your name and other identifying information from your document.
  • Include your name, the title of your work, and a third-person bio with your New Hampshire connection in the body of your email.

Art & Photography

  • We accept images of artwork (e.g., paintings, sculpture) and photography.
  • You may submit up to 3 images of your work in JPEG format (.jpeg or .jpg).
  • Attach the images to the same email.
  • Use the title of the artwork or photograph for the name of the image file (e.g. AutumnLeaves.jpg)
  • Remember to remove your name from images and from filenames.
  • Include your name, the title(s) of your work, and a third-person bio with your New Hampshire connection in the body of your email.

Response Time

We will email notifications following our reading period. Please check this page and the News page for updates on our progress.

Publication Rights

Authors/artists will retain all rights to their work, and will receive a complimentary copy of the Smoky Quartz anthology as payment. Any proceeds from the anthology after the cost of production and printing will be returned to the Monadnock Writers’ Group to be used for future projects.

Please send any questions to the editors at mwgsmokyquartz@gmail.com.

Thank you for considering Smoky Quartz for your work.

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