Who needs another literary magazine?

They are as numerous as the waves hitting the beach. But as any surfer can tell you, there is a perfect wave – a phenomenon that is discovered only with watchfulness.

Discovering, bringing new poets from obscurity, is why Prospectus exists. The term Prospectus comes from Latin, meaning to look ahead or foresee. We seek the work of previously unpublished yet promising poets and present it with taste and dignity to an enlightened audience. Our magazine is published twice a year, in June and December.

If you are an unpublished or little-published poet and you feel that you have honed and perfected your craft, we invite you to submit your best poems for consideration. We also publish short prose pieces as well as fine-art images.

Prospectus welcomes submissions from unpublished or little-published poets as well short prose pieces and fine-art images.

To qualify to be published in Prospectus, you must NOT have done EITHER of the following, no matter what category you are submitting to:

  • Have had a collection of poems published that is longer than 48 pages.
  • Have had a collection of short stories, a novella, or a novel published longer than 150 pages.

                                                                      ***ATTENTION***

By “published” we mean traditionally published, self-published, or published anywhere on the internet, including personal blogs and social media. If your work has been published in any of these forms, we do not want it.

Poetry Submissions

  • Send 1-3 poems ONLY.
  • We prefer poems 44 lines or less, but will still consider longer poems (within reason).
  • In one document, type your name, address, telephone number, and email at the top. Follow with a short (50-75 word) bio in third person. Do not include links. These will not work in a print journal. Name this document lastnamefirstnamebio.pdf (i.e., jeffersonthomasbio.pdf).
  • On a separate document, include all the poems you are submitting. Type single-spaced in Times New Roman 12. Convert to PDF before uploading. Name your file lastnamefirstnamepoems.pdf (i.e., jeffersonthomaspoems.pdf).
  • There is no reading fee.
  • Send to us preferably via Submittable or to Hamby Stern Publishing, 241 SW 64th CT, Miami FL 33144. Please do not send us any poems as email attachments. These will not be read.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please withdraw your poem from Submittable so that we know it is no longer available.
  • Please do not send us personal, sentimental, or children’s poetry. We are looking for poetry that shows a sense of craft—content and form working together to bring thoughtful meaning to the poem. We are open to formal poetry as long as the form is working for the poem; for example, a perfectly rhymed and metered sonnet would not be of interest to us unless it also has fresh and thoughtful content.

Fiction Submissions

We will also look at short fiction submissions (2500-3000 words). No novel chapters, please. We prefer traditional short stories with good characterization and a strong voice. NO GENRE stories, please (sci-fi, mystery, romance, etc.). Follow the same rules as above for submission but name your file lastnamefirstnamestory.pdf. Only one short story per reading period, please.

Art / Photography Submissions

Artists and photographers may submit up to 3 pieces for consideration in .jpeg format. Note that your artwork must be able to conform to Prospectus’s dimensions and style (8.5 X 11, full color or black and white). Please note that we will publish your work in portrait mode regardless of its original orientation. Please include the title and medium of each piece in your bio and upload each piece individually. Name your file lastnamefirstnametitle.jpeg.

Reviews

Prospectus publishes reviews of DEBUT full-length collections of poetry, short-story collections, first novels, and art books. The piece reviewed must have been published no longer than one year before submission of the review. Reviews should be 250-300 words and include the publisher’s name and cost of the book. Reviews may also appear on the Prospectus website. Reviewers need not be new writers, though, as always, new writers are welcome to submit. Interested in becoming a regular reviewer? Send us your contact info and a sample of your writing (preferably a review) to editor@HambySternPublishing.com. If we like your writing, we will alert you when there is a book up for review.

We prefer the following formula:

  • Something about the author, book, and theme. In other words, what is this book about, and who is this author?
  • 2–4 close readings of important parts of the book. Please include line or page numbers in MLA format.
  • An objective evaluation of the work—its greatest strength or “takeaway.” Please do not send us scathing reviews. If you do not like the book, review something else.

Example of a short review

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