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Monday, May 3, 2021

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Deadline: May 15, 2021

Theme Guidelines

The theme for Summer 2021 Issue #8 is Rest & Recovery. Coming out of a year that tested the resolve and resilience of people around the world, we are all in need of reflecting on not only our strengths, but also the coping and self-care called upon to propel us forward. Recovery doesn’t happen overnight, though at times it may appear that way. Recovery is for certain a journey, often two steps forward and one step back. Is recovery a misnomer? Is it more that we are wiser and forever changed given what it is that we are recovering from? What are you in the process of recovering from? Were you forced to rest while recovering from COVID-19? What did that feel like? What is your favorite way to rest and rejuvenate? With spring upon us, flowers are pushing up through the frozen earth, and pandemic puppies are flitting around in yards and condos across the country proving how strong our will is to survive. Tell us about your health-related stories of rest and recovery!

As always, we aim for the highest literary and artistic standards.

All Submissions can be made through Submittable.

Compensation

A grant from the Maryland Humanities has enabled us to pay writers and artists for the coming editorial year beginning with our 2020 Winter Issue. Contributors who publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography or digital art in an issue of Please See Me will receive a flat-rate payment for their work after publication.

Genre Guidelines

Poetry

Please submit a maximum of three poems at a time. If you submit more than three, we can only read the first three.

Fiction

Please submit short stories up to 4,000 words in length. Flash fiction, up to 1,000 words, is welcome and encouraged. Submissions should be double-spaced in 12pt Times Roman or other serif font with 1″ margins. We will look at excepts of longer works on a case-by-case basis; please query us with a description of your project before submitting if greater than 4,000 words.

Creative Nonfiction

Please submit nonfiction pieces up to 4,000 words in length. Submissions should be double-spaced in 12pt Times Roman or other serif font with 1″ margins. We will look at excepts of longer works on a case-by-case basis; please query us with a description of your project before submitting if longer than 4,000 words.

Films

Please submit links to your short films for review, and up to five minutes in length.

Other Media

We welcome submissions of photography, podcasts, and other media. All digital media will should be hosted by the creator, and shared by a link. Photography and still images can be attached to submission in a .jpg file sized suitable for web upload on WordPress.

For All Submissions

Anything that touches on our theme or is health-related will be considered fair game. If you are not sure your work fits, please query us through Submittable.