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 Riddled with Arrows

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Guidelines
for General Submissions

What We Publish: 

Riddled with Arrows features (short) metafiction, ars poetica, and writing that celebrates the process and product of writing as art. We have no restrictions on genre or form, so long as the work is about writing, or comments on itself (consciously or not) in interesting and meaningful ways. 

What do we mean by Metafiction? We’re so glad you asked.

What about Ars PoeticaRead these too.

We prefer tight, vivid, surprising, evocative writing. Shorter is better (word limit is firm). Proofread first, please. We are open to all writing categories and styles. Literary? Yes. Fantasy/Sci-Fi? Absolutely. Horror? Okay. Experimental? Surprise us.

It’s a shame this must be said, but do not be misogynistic, homophobic, racist, or a bigoted asshat of any kind. Also, we see far too much genitalia in the slush. Too many? Either way. Please, no gratuitous sex or violence.

 


Submission FAQ:

  • Simultaneous Submissions  Yes, as long as you inform us immediately if your work is no longer available.
  • Multiple Submissions – No, but you may submit once in multiple categories.
    New in 2019: We will consider only one submission per person per category per reading period— For example: you may send ONE story and ONE batch of poems. You may not send two stories (unless they are microfiction, see Fiction Guidelines) or two batches of poems, etc. Clear as mud? Please do not mix genres in the same email–submit them separately.
  • Re-submitting rejected work – No. We cannot consider work that has been previously rejected. Send something new instead. Keep writing.
  • Reprints – Yesbut preference will be given to work that is not available elsewhere (including blogs and social media). Please include previous publication details with your submission, and be sure you retain the rights.
  • Diversity –  Yes, please. 

 

Other Considerations
(
You Have Been Warned):

  • We reserve the right to close to submissions earlier than publicized
    We have our reasons. Submit early.
  • We reserve the right to delete unread any submissions that do not follow the Guidelines. We also reserve the right to respond with snippy admonishments if we haven’t had our coffee yet.
  • Repeat offenders and abusive asshats will be blacklisted. With glee. 

 

Rights & Rates:

Riddled with Arrows seeks First Electronic Rights for original work and Reprint Electronic Rights for previously published work. All work published in Riddled with Arrows will be archived for the life of the journal. 

We believe authors and artists should be paid for their workRiddled with Arrows is modestly funded from a mix of private donations, the editor’s personal checkbook, and proceeds from the Ars Poetica Prize. From this kitty we offer:

  • Unpublished Poetry & Prose – USD 3¢/word, minimum $5, maximum $25 
  • Reprints: USD $5 Flat Rate
  • Visual Art: USD $10 Flat Rate

Paypal is a requisite for all Contributors. Payments are issued through Paypal upon publication. 

From time to time, Contributors waive payment. We won’t ask and don’t expect it, but we will accept (and be forever grateful for) the generosity of anyone moved to do so.

 

Response to Submissions:

  • Acknowledgement: You should receive an automated response acknowledging your email–if you do not receive an auto-reply, please query.
  • Submission Status Replies: We pride ourselves on a fast response. If you do not receive an email from a  human of some kind within 10 days, please query.
  • Lost Submissions: Human error, server glitches, evil gnomes—these things happen. Are you still waiting for a response? Has it been 10 days? The window will close and we can’t turn back the clock. Query

 

What We Want and How We Want It
(We Have Particular Tastes):

Fiction  Your fiction may be dreamily unaware of itself as a written artifact or gleefully and openly meta. All that really matters is that it be about writing, or be reflective of itself in some central and meaningful way. Fiction that simply features characters who happen to be writers doing nothing writing-related won’t cut it. We will consider microfiction as short as a few sentences and stories up to 1500 words (the sweet spot is somewhere between 500-1000 words).

Max wordcount is FIRM. 1501 words is too many. Trim it, or we’ll reject it.

HOW TO SUBMIT FICTION:

  • Email one story, maximum 1500 words, to: submissions@riddledwitharrows.com
  • Microfiction of 500 words or less may be sent as one submission. Total wordcount 1500 words (firm).
  • Please put the word SUBMISSION in the Subject field of your email, followed by the genre, followed by your name in brackets, like so:

SUBMISSION: Fiction [Your Name Here]

  • Stories should be placed in the body of your email.
    We do not open unsolicited attachments.
  • If your work requires special formatting not supported by email, please query first for permission to send attachments.
  • Cover letters should also appear in the body of the email. 

Poetry  As with fiction, poems may be overtly or subtly meta—though poems that merely use the words “poetry”, “poem”, or “poet” as  metaphor are probably not meta enough. We crave poetry that explores, celebrates (or grieves for, or rages against?) poetry itself. We are also interested in poetry that uses language, form, and other neat tricks to comment on itself. We favor free verse but admire well-crafted formal and metric poetry. Rhyming is fine, but for the love of Pablo, please be sure your rhymes are organic and interesting (as opposed to forced and clichéd).

HOW TO SUBMIT POETRY:

  • Email up to four poems at a time (two-page maximum length per poem, eight pages TOTAL to: submissions@riddledwitharrows.com
  • Please put the word SUBMISSION in the Subject field of your email, followed by the genre, followed by your name in brackets, like so:

SUBMISSION: Poetry [Your Name Here]

  • Poems should be placed in the body of your email.
    We do not open unsolicited attachments.
  • If your work requires special formatting that is not supported by email, please query first for permission to send attachments.
  • Cover letters should also appear in the body of the email.

Non-Fiction – Riddled with Arrows is primarily a market for poetry and fiction, but we will consider creative non-fiction, poetic prose and informative essays in keeping with our meta-aesthetics.

We DO NOT WANT How-To articles or personal essays that would be at home in any typical craft magazine aimed at would-be writers. We want inventive, unexpected, deep and clever writing-centric informative writing. 

We are particularly interested in non-fiction that plays with writing as culture, writing as art, writing as an evolving and even sentient thing. We want semantics and lexicons and discourse, philology, graphology, slang, libraries, historical tomes, alphabets, idiolects and interviews—go wild. Humor and oddity a plus. 

HOW TO SUBMIT NON-FICTION:

  • Email one prose piece, maximum 1500 words, to: submissions@riddledwitharrows.com
  • We will consider non-fiction longer than 1500 words, but you must query first. Fiction pay rates apply.
  • Please put the word SUBMISSION in the subject field of your email, followed by the genre, followed by your name in brackets, like so:

SUBMISSION: Non-Fiction [Your Name Here]

    • Non-Fiction should be placed in the body of your email.
      We do not open unsolicited attachments.
    • If your work requires special formatting not supported by email, please query first for permission to send attachments.
    • Cover letters should also appear in the body of the email.

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I-Don’t-Know-What-to-Call-This – We will consider written work that does not fall easily into the above categories. Surprise and delight us. Check out these links for examples of things that have struck our meta-fancy lately. Please see the How To guidelines for prose and poetry submission, above, and for visual art below. Use your best judgement.

Visual Art – We are always open to meta- (self-reflective) art and art relating to or evocative of the process and product of writing as art. There’s a lot of wiggle room in there; get funky. In particular, pay attention to our issue themes.

We will consider anything: comics, collage, photography, digital paintings, calligraphy, whatever, so long as you can scan and upload it. Rarely do we know what we’re looking for until we see it. Send it. 

For examples of meta art, look here, here, here, and here.

HOW TO SUBMIT VISUAL ART:

  • Send one email per reading period of up to four images to: submissions@riddledwitharrows.com
  • Visual art submissions only may be sent as attachments. Please submit high-resolution JPG or PNG files with individual titles (other than “untitled”).
  • Please put the word SUBMISSION in the subject field of your email, followed by the genre, followed by your name in brackets, like so:

SUBMISSION: Visual Art [Your Name Here]

  • Cover letters should also appear in the body of the email.

 

Bonus Stuff (For Those Who Hunger)

 

On Cover Letters  They are appreciated! Polite cover letters particularly so, but the merest acknowledgement of our human existence will do. 

You may address your correspondence to Shannon Connor Winward, (no “e” in Connor, one “d” in Winward). Dear Shannon is fine, too. Dear Editor is okay, though it shows you haven’t done your homework, dunnit. 

You may include a brief bio with relevant publishing credits, if you have them, though we are more interested in your work than your pedigree. Add a snippet of something unusual or relevant or fascinating about yourself, if you so desire. We like unusual and relevant and fascinating people. We also like corny jokes. It’s true!

 

More on the Riddled with Arrows Aesthetic (Yay Rabbit Holes!):

  • Our interview with Jim Harrington on the “Six Questions For…” blog
  • Our interview in Sapling (Black Lawrence Press)
  • Our interview with Trish Hopkinson on her poetry blog
  • EIC’s blog-series on the poems selected for issue #22 of Eye to the Telescope

Riddled with Arrows Trivia:

  • We have a special fondness for submissions that are seasonally appropriate. This is icing on the meta-cake, not a requirement.
  • All other things being equal, we will give preference to authors not yet published in Riddled with Arrows.
  • Riddled with Arrows published nearly 140 poets, writers and visual artists in Volumes 1 & 2.
  • Riddled with Arrows Literary Journal is an Aries.
  • The RwA Editor-in-Chief is a Gemini who uses the Royal We.
  • There are certain things we see a lot of in the Slush Pile, meaning we are less likely to accept them when we see them.

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