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Monday, March 29, 2021

Honeyguide: mythical creatures and speculative fiction

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Deadline: May 15, 2021


Send all submissions as attachments (.doc, .docx for writing, .jpg and .pdf for art) to submissions@honeyguidemag.com


*Our theme for the second issue is mythical creatures and speculative fiction.*

We publish stories, art and poetry that examine the connection between animals and humans, and the ways we and our lives are more similar than people assume. Some topics and themes to consider, but of course we are open to others:
  • the process of an animal bringing out a character trait in a person (ie: Seabiscut)
  • animals as living, interactive symbols or metaphors of human wants, fears, secrets, challenges, and change (ie: Life of Pi, Cujo)
  • stories told through an animal's perspective (The Incredible Journey, Pax). 

Of course, you can send us both art and writing pieces with dogs and cats as central characters, but we see this so often -- what stories can you tell, either from imagination or experience, about marginalized species or creatures people usually avoid (ie: possums, bats, termites).

We will consider pieces with mythical creatures.

Though we don't prefer pieces with foul language, we will consider them. Just note that if we choose to publish your piece, we may ask to change the language.

At the moment, we can only accept original, unsolicited work. No previously published content quite yet, but we're hoping to in the future.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but notify us right away if the work is accepted elsewhere.​​

All writing should be in the standard manuscript format (12 pt font, Times New Roman, double spaced, word count) with your genre in the Subject line (this will make it easier and faster for the right editor to review your work).

Please find your genre below for specifics. We prefer submissions stick to one genre.

Please give us 1 - 3 months to respond to your work. If you don't hear from us after 3 months, feel free to send us an email asking about your work.

If you want to make any changes to your submission after sending it to us, please let us know what you changed as soon as you can. If you need several changes, please inquire about sending an updated submission.

If accepted, you will receive a free PDF copy of the upcoming issue (and print for a 50% discount) and a chance to be featured on our website (for fiction, non-fiction, art, and an animal rescue only).

If you're featured, you will receive a small monetary payment ($25 for the story, $50 for art) and your piece will be displayed on our website as an example to the kind of work we're looking for until the next publication.

Honeyguide Magazine is a bi-annual magazine that features fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, and blog posts about animals and their human neighbors. 

We accept pieces from the perspective of animals who are as present and authoritative as human characters, the reciprocal bond between human and animal that bewildered, challenged and changed the human, and discoveries that reveal how close in space and mind the animal and human kingdoms are.

We do not accept pieces that support inhumane treatment of people or animals, or the keeping of exotic pets (ie: tigers, monkeys, crocodiles), but we understand that these are often part of the wider human/animal story. 

Nor will we publish profiles of beloved animals — show us the nature of your relationship, why you depend on each other, and what your bond means for both of your lives.

We also do not accept erotica, cliche animal narratives, preachy articles, easy-fixes, and pieces with perfect, sweet happy endings. Make us ponder, reflect, examine our fears and discomforts, and reason. Our stories in this world are ongoing -- resolutions are often open-ended and extend into the future.

Writers retain the rights to everything they publish with us (print and online).

For pieces we want to publish (to the magazine and blog), we will make changes to grammar and sentence structure with the writer's consent. The writer will still retain rights to the piece even after we make changes.

We have first serial rights to all work published in print and online (except for our blog), and exclusive rights until publication. Once published, all rights revert back to the writer.


FICTION


We're looking for stories that follow the guidelines above, told honestly, vividly, and coherently through a fresh new point of view.

We prefer flash, literary, historical, and young adult fiction, though we will consider other genres and provide feedback if requested.

Please keep submissions up to 4,000 words.

One story per submission.

Please type FICTION in the subject line of your submission, and include a short bio (2-3 sentences).

If your story is declined, feel free to send another once you receive the email telling you the news. If you are declined twice, we kindly ask that you review our guidelines before submitting again.
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POETRY

We value lyrical poetry in any form that exemplifies our vision and is bright with imagery, music, and voice.

Like Fiction, we value poetry told from the human perspective, but we especially love poetry that has a fresh take on the voices of animals. Think T.S. Elliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, and the musical adaptation, Cats.

Poems can be any length, but we ask that you keep them under 20 lines (any accepted poem that is longer will be reviewed and suggested edits will be sent to the author).

Please send no more than 5 poems per submission. We may accept all or 1 if we think your poetry is a good fit for our magazine.

Please type POETRY in the subject line of your email and include a short bio.

Please wait for an email accepting/declining your work before sending an additional batch of poetry.
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CREATIVE NONFICTION

Do you have a special experience to share? We appreciate your insight and vulnerability, and would be happy to consider any creative nonfiction piece that meets our guidelines. 

Please keep submissions up to 4,000 words.

One story per submission.

Please type NONFICTION in the subject line of your email and include a short bio (2-3 sentences).

If your story is declined, feel free to send another once you receive the email telling you the news. If you are declined twice, we kindly ask that you review our guidelines and Featured Stories online before submitting again.

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