What We Are Looking For

We accept poetry, short fiction, creative and scholarly nonfiction essays, one-act plays, short screenplays, and images of artworks all year round. We do not seek works that fit specific themes. Overall, our main goal is to showcase great literature and art, something the word "anthology" was originally coined for because its base meaning is a "gathering of flowers."

Every person who submits a work that is accepted for publication receives a pdf version of the journal in which her/his/xis work appears. We will also work with Amazon to create print-on-demand versions you can purchase to give to friends and family.

Currently, we do not charge a submission fee, unless the writer wants to participate in any of the creative contests, for which there is a modest contest fee. Please adhere to the following limits, even if you choose not to compete in the contests:

  • Identify your name at the top right hand corner of each written submission;

  • Include a biography of less than 100 words written in third person (i.e. Jack Russell writes...).

  • Submit no more than three poems (less than 50 lines each) at a time, all saved in one file: submission for publication is Free; contest submission is $15;

  • Submit no more than one short story (between 3000 and 10,000 words) with each email: submission for publication is Free; contest submission is $20;

  • Save each submission file with at least your surname and a brief title of the work, even if it is an artwork;

  • When submitting art, please give each piece a title and describe either the circumstances in which you made the piece or the circumstances involved in the image, so we can be clear about what we are seeing.

For poetry, we are looking for poems that display the writer's natural voice and that are as well written as prose. We like poems that contain strong imagery and that often play with metaphor although we are not limited to these things because even poems containing a narrative will work for us. Poems in either an organic form or a traditional form are acceptable. Limit your poems to fifty lines or less, and submit them as one file to make our housekeeping chores a little easier.

For short fiction, we are looking for stories containing 3000-10,000 words that show originality, subtlety, wisdom, and appeal to broader perspectives while adhering to the elements that typically make up a story--character development and an interesting plot that reaches a satisfying climax. The stories do not have to be high brow, but should maintain reader interest without resorting to gratuitous violence or fear to keep reader interest and without overtly moralizing its point for readers. As Ben Nyberg describes in his One Great Way to Write Short Stories, the difference between commercial fiction (meant to sell) and literary fiction (meant to engage and educate about the human condition) is that the best literary fiction "directs us inward toward reflection and/or self-analysis... . reminding us of the real problems we have to cope with" (163). While we would, of course, love to sell our journals because people are dying to read what our writers write, we really want to leave a legacy of insight into the human condition.

For works of art, we are looking for clear images that evoke a clear response; titles for the artwork help viewers understand the art (even if the artist does not understand her/his own art), and brief descriptions of the art help us see what you see in the piece, as well as help us justify calling the work yours, even if it includes images from other sources. Future writers should have no problem writing 1000 words about your photos or drawings. We will accept art and poetry all year long, but you must submit before each journal's deadline for timely publication. Realize that we will do our best to have Amazon create both a black and white print-on-demand version of each journal, as well as a color one, which you can purchase to put your artwork on display or to give to family members.

For creative nonfiction, we seek essays about experiences that matter, first, personally, to you, second, to your readers. Originality and an engaging writing voice are key. We accept all varieties of autobiography and feature writing, from memoirs to profiles. Submissions should be less than 10,000 words long.

For scholarly nonfiction, we are looking for strong scholarly voices that present evidence from the literature or topic being examined, as well as clear refutations of other scholars' arguments, in order to build a persuasive argument about what readers should consider regarding that topic or work(s) of literature. Think of your writing as part of an ongoing conversation about the topic on which you are focusing, so that you orient your ideas in the stream of scholarly discussion about the topic that is already taking place. However, remember that we cater to a general audience, so be certain to define whatever literary terms you use in your essays. We encourage reviews of books of literary scholarship which have been published in the last year. While the Glacial Hills Review is not yet a peer juried journal, it will be one day, so we are looking for scholarship that sets a strong quality standard for clarity and readibility (first person discussion of your research is encouraged). Submissions should be at least 1,200 words and no longer than 20,000 words and formatted in MLA Style or the style unique to that discipline. Double-spacing, by the way, is not necessary.

For one-act plays and for short screenplays for Rushing Thru the Dark, we want both strong scene descriptions and convincing dialog. A director should have no questions about how to block a scene, and the actors should have no questions about what tone of voice to use in performing their lines. A short (300 to 1000 words) description, aka a script synopsis, should accompany each script submission. Originality is good, but a story well enacted is key. One-act plays should be no longer than 20 pages, double spaced. Screenplays should be no longer than 90 pages, double spaced.

If you choose to just submit for publication, please refrain from submitting more than once every two months. If you submit for the $100 contests, you may submit as often as you like up until the Sunday deadline for each contest.

The top three winners of all the creative contests will be announced in our Choeofpleirn Best of issue published at the end of December each year. Only the top winner of each category gets the $100 prize.

Writers who enter the creative prize contests must promise that we can not only have first publication of their works, but also later publication in the Best of issue. The works of the top three creators for each of the five creative contests will have their works republished in the annual Best of Choeofpleirn Press journal at the end of the year.

Any publication of works accepted for any of the Choeofpleirn Press journals may be republished by their respective authors as long as they list the publication from the appropriate journal in their credits for the piece.