Prompt Magazine

Submission Guidelines

The prompt literary magazine is a annual online magazine that publishes creative work that reflects experimental and traditional work based on writing prompts and exercises.

Traditional writing

Please submit no more than 5 poems during one reading period (including flash-based poetry), one work of prose, which may be fiction or creative non fiction, or up to 5 short, non-traditional selections (i.e. scenes, character profiles, “snapshots” etc based on a prompt. This includes flash fiction/flash non-fiction).

Each submission MUST be accompanied by the writing exercise or prompt that inspired it.

  • Fiction / prose / essays should be no longer than 5,000 words.
  • Please include a brief (no more than 150 words) biography with your submission.
  • All genres and experimentation welcome. We only accept submissions via our online submission manager which can be accessed at http://promptliterarymagazine.submishmash.com/submit.
  • No previously published work is accepted. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but remember to withdraw them if your work is accepted elsewhere, via the submission manager.
  • Submissions for regular issues are accepted year round. Response times may vary some during different times of the year.
  • Calls for submissions for special issues may have a different response time and a shorter acceptance window.  Always check the call for submission carefully to be sure not to miss your chance to submit.

Non-traditional "writing"

The prompt encourages submissions that would not conform to guidelines for a traditional literary magazine. We encourage submissions of spoken word poetry, multimedia, performance art, and other forms that might be of interest.

  • Submissions should also conform to the mission of our magazine and include a prompt, exercise, or brief description of the inspiration.
  • If the duration of the selection is three minutes or less, more than one submission can be sent. No more than 5 of these short submissions will be considered during each reading period.
  • Selections longer than three minutes in duration are considered similar in length to a selection on prose and only one submission will be considered per artist per reading period.
  • We will not consider any selection that runs longer than 10 minutes in duration.
  • Non-traditional pieces may also be submitted as writing prompts. These should be submitted under the proper catagory of writing prompts.

Artwork

Submissions of artwork should be submitted via the submissions manager.

  • Artwork should also conform to the mission of our magazine and include a prompt, exercise, or brief description of the inspiration of artwork.
  • No more than 5 selections of art should be submitted during each reading period.
  • Artwork may also be submitted as a writing prompt. These should be submitted under the proper catagory of writing prompts.

Response and Publication

Response time is 4-6 months.

If your work is accepted, you will be notified via email.  If you haven’t heard from us within 12 weeks, it means we are seriously considering your work.  Do not despair!

If your work is not accepted, expect to be notified within the response time.  While we use a standard rejection notice, occasionally, if an editor is touched by your work but sees a glaring flaw, at his or her discretion, a note may be sent.  It’s sole function is to help you, as a writer, better understand what we are looking for and to increase the likelihood that your work will be accepted.  We will never denigrate your work.  Remember, our goal is to encourage writing, not to be an elitist publication.  So if you aren’t chosen this time, write something else and try again!

We also are accepting ideas for writing exercises at this time.  All writing prompts should be sent via submission manager under the category of writing prompts. Traditional writing prompts should be original. Photo prompts must not be copyrighted material and should be your own work (or, in the case of old family photos should credit the original photographer as well as the submitter. ) Audio and video prompts also must be original, uncopyrighted materials. Audio and video prompts should range between 15 and 30 seconds in length, although up to a minute is acceptable, if The prompt is particularly engaging. Materials obtained through the public domain may be used, but creativity is always going to win points with us.

Credit will be given for all prompts used on our site!

Want to learn about using the prompt lit mag and the prompt site in the classroom? Learn more on the prompt pedagogy page


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