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Thursday, July 16, 2020

borrowed solace seeks submissions


Deadline: July 31, 2020


borrowed solace is open to submissions several times a year depending on our current needs. Submissions will be considered for the next issue after their submission date unless otherwise noted.

We publish one themed issue and one unthemed issue per year. Our themes are generally vague and can be interpreted many ways, but still, submissions received leading up to the publication of a themed issue must in some way fit with the theme. If you have questions about a theme or specific issue, please contact us by filling out the information on the “Contact” page above.

We prefer stories that do not include excessive violence or erotica. If you wish to include such things in your story, it needs to have a purpose – prove to us that it is significant to the story or characters and it won’t be a problem.

We do not accept reprints. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please withdraw your submission if it is accepted elsewhere. To do this, log into our submissions manager and click on “Withdraw a Submission.” If you submitted multiple pieces and wish to withdraw only a certain piece, contact us by filling out the information on the “Contact” page above.

At this time, we are unable to monetarily pay our contributors. If your submission is chosen for publication in borrowed solace, you will be paid in contributor copies of the journal, and our undying gratitude for allowing us to be a platform for sharing your work!

Please ensure that your submission meets the following requirements before submission and read the requirements in their entirety:

Fiction

For more details on what we look for in fiction, read The 411: Fiction on the blog!

We are looking for fiction that artfully tells a story and reveals truths about humanity. Make us think – but not about how your story is full of typos, mismatched information, or clumsy characters. We want something unique and refreshing that makes it hard to stop reading!

Please submit only one piece of full-length prose or three pieces of flash fiction at a time. The maximum amount of pages we are able to consider is 15. Unfortunately, we do not have space in each edition to accept stories any longer. Standard manuscript formatting applies (see here for more information on what we expect).

Please use Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman font and include your contact information, name, and the word count of the story somewhere on the first page. Please also submit as a word document with your name and the genre as the document name (ex: Jane Smith Fiction).

We are open to submissions regardless of genre, but good genre stories will transcend categorization. Make us fall in love with your characters and plot, and everything else will fall into place.

Poetry

For more details on what we look for in poetry, read The 411: Poetry on the blog!

We are looking for artful and thought-provoking poetry that makes us fall in love with language all over again. We are not partial to form, but prefer our poems to look like poems – no prose poems, please. We know this makes us old fashioned but we’re okay with that – we’re the grandmother of the poetry world. We are happy to consider prose poetry if it is submitted as either flash fiction or nonfiction.

Poets can submit up to four poems per submission (if your poems are extraordinarily long, please be mindful of that and only submit one or two poems.) Please ensure that each poem is complete and each one begins on a new page.

Please use Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman font and include your contact information, name, and the word count of the story somewhere on the first page. Please also submit as a word document with your name and the genre as the document name (ex: Jane Smith Poetry).

Creative Nonfiction

For more details on what we look for in nonfiction, read The 411: Nonfiction on the blog!

We are looking for creative nonfiction that tells a true story in a unique and creative way. Make us want to keep reading! We are open to most types of creative nonfiction – memoir, flash nonfiction, literary journalism, etc. Experimentation is welcome.

Please submit only one piece of full-length prose or three pieces of flash nonfiction at a time. The maximum amount of pages we are able to consider is 30. Unfortunately, we do not have space in each edition to accept stories any longer. Standard manuscript formatting applies (see here for more information on what we expect).

Please use Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman font and include your contact information, name, and the word count of the story somewhere on the first page. Please also submit as a word document with your name and the genre as the document name (ex: Jane Smith Nonfiction).
To submit to borrowed solace, visit our submissions manager. Here you can create an account with Green Submissions or log in if you have already created an account. After logging in, click “Make a New Submission.” Once you have started a new submission, please follow the instructions below. If these instructions are not followed, it makes our job much more difficult and distracts us from giving our full attention to your work, so please follow these instructions:

1. Select your submission type.

2. Enter the name of your submission.

3. In the text box titled “Enter your plain-text submission here,” please enter a brief cover letter.

4. Attach your story as a Word or PDF document.

5. Submit a brief (no more than 5 sentences, please) third person biography that we can include in borrowed solace should you be published.

6. Once you have completed all fields as described above, click submit!

Please Note: You will not receive an email notification after submitting. If the submissions manager says you have successfully submitted, though, then you are good to go! To check if your piece has been successfully submitted, you can click on “Check Your Submission Status” after logging into Green Submissions. If your piece has been submitted, it will be listed there.

Please click the Green Submissions icon below to get started. Thanks, and we look forward to reading your work!