Since 1966, Hanging Loose Press has recognized the talent that high school students have to offer. They understood that these talented individuals have little opportunity to let their works be published thus, the publication created a special section for them. The demand was so huge that this special section became a regular section. Since then, Hanging Loose Press became a favorite publication among students and universities alike.
Back then, Hanging Loose Press started as an envelope full of mimeographed loose pages. Why? They believe that poetry is not to be kept hidden. Rather, it deserves to be shown and liked by everyone. This type allows readers to pin their favorite poetry and prose to their walls or boards, allowing their friends and many others to read and enjoy. With the advent of technology, the manner by which they are published has changed through the years but their vision remains the same – poetry is to be enjoyed.
If you’re interested to be a part of this wonderful team, you are invited to send your literary pieces to them. There’s a caveat though. They ask that you do not bombard them with your work. It’s always best to give everyone a fair shot while at the same time, ensuring that your work is given utmost attention. Thus, you can submit up to six poems at a time. For stories, it’s best to submit them one to three at a time only. For book manuscripts and artworks, these are submitted by invitation only. There’s no specific theme involved. You are free to write as you wish so long as it is not previously submitted as part of your academic assignment.
If your work gets submitted, you’ll receive a small fee in return. If not, you’ll still get sound advice and constructive feedback for your works.
Writing literary pieces and submitting them to various online literary publications can get quite frustrating at times. It calls for continuous tweaking and editing to fit in the desired themes and other requirements of these publications. The good news here is that not all publications impose rigid guidelines on your pieces. There are those that freely encourage the passion and talent of aspiring writers to shine. One of these is that of Glass Kite Anthology.
Glass Kite Anthology is an independent, non-profit publication for literary and arts. They pride themselves for featuring uncensored literary pieces. Yes. You’ve read that right. It’s uncensored which means that they don’t try to fit each work according to their preferences. No. They wanted to be as true as possible to their vision in becoming a suitable platform for aspiring writers. But although censorship is lifted, there is a need to observe proper decorum in dealing with an international audience. This means that you have to be sensitive to discrimination and respect one another’s differences in religion, race, gender and beliefs.
They accept all types of works, from poetry to prose to visual arts. You’re welcome to submit around three pieces every time. They really mean it when they say that they want to be your writing avenue. They invite everyone to unleash their potential and write to their hearts’ content. They hope that they can be wowed, both in style and content.
But do keep in mind that it’s best if your work does not exceed 5,000 words for short stories and 1,000 words for flash fiction and prose poetry. The rest is up to you.
Glass Kite Anthology publishes their journal on a quarterly basis. If you’re interested to send in your entries, you can still make the cut for their winter issue.
In 1933, Dr. George Struble would invite his students over at the Lebanon Valley College to have some dialogue regarding art over tea. He was a man of profound knowledge and an interesting passion for words. He would frequently invite his students to discuss anything related to literature. Over a cup of tea, they would pour over the past and present trends in the industry and talk about the writing styles of every writer they could think of. When this group began expanding, they formed the Green Blotter Literary Society to allow other likeminded students to take part of their discussions. When their efforts produced great results, they decided that it’s time to reach a wider audience, one that will be available regardless of race and country. Thus, the Green Blotter online literary journal was born.
Green Blotter then, became the avenue for undergraduates to have their works featured. Through the years, it has become a true testament to the vision of Struble to enlighten and inspire hundreds and thousands of students.
If you’re interested in becoming part of Green Blotter, you can check out their wonderful site and take note of their submission guidelines. Currently, they’re accepting works on poetry, fiction, nonfiction and art. For poetry, there are no specifications as to the number or theme but they’re encouraging submissions up to five pages at a time. This will allow them to properly review your work. For fiction and nonfiction, they should be written within 5,000 words. It doesn’t matter which genre you submit. They highly encourage your creativity to flow. For art, you can submit from one to six entries.
The good news here is that they’re currently accepting submissions. Most of the time, their annual review occurs from October through February. So if you have a literary piece that you’re dying to get featured or you’re coming up with a new one then, it’s a good time to submit to the Green Blotter!
Unlike other literary journals that only accept the works of high school or college students, Ember encourages aspiring writers, even kids, to practice their skill and submit their masterpieces. Open to all writers ages 10 and beyond, Ember publishes literary pieces across different genres.
Empire & Great Jones Creative Arts Foundation, the team behind this brilliant journal, believes that starting them early is the key for the youth to achieve great things. They believe that cultivating that passion to write will allow them to develop their skill in critical thinking, creativity and problem solving. They also believe that encouraging kids to develop a love for reading will allow them to continuously seek knowledge in all other disciplines. With this in mind, they established the publication for Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things, a bi-annual journal that features outstanding pieces in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.
If you’re interested in submitting your work, do note the guidelines necessary for each category. For poetry, you can submit one to three poems, provided that each is composed of three to a hundred lines. It doesn’t matter what format you use. It can range from metered to unmetered to traditional. For short stories, you can submit anything as long as it’s within the 12,000-word limit. For flash fiction, you can do pieces around 500 to 1,500 words. The same goes for creative nonfiction which is a showcase of a true story.
But more than the word count, it is far more essential to come up with an engaging story, one that would touch the emotions of the readers. Use language that will allow your work to transcend across age. Remember who’s reading your pieces. You can always achieve that wow factor without the need to use highfaluting vocabulary.
Another piece of good news is that Ember is one of those publications that send you some allowance when your piece is chosen to be published. Their rate is two cents per word or $20 per piece, depending on which is more.