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 We seek the work of previously unpublished yet promising poets and present it with taste and dignity to an enlightened audience.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If you are an unpublished or little-published poet and you feel that you have honed and perfected your craft, we invite you to submit your best poems for consideration.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Prospectus welcomes submissions from unpublished or little-published* poets as well short prose pieces and fine-art images.

*What does “published” mean? 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.

***PLEASE READ ALL GUIDELINES CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING!***

Poetry Submissions

*To qualify to be published in Prospectus, you must NOT have had a collection of poems published that is longer than 48 pages.

· 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, including pronouns. 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.

· Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please withdraw your poem from Submittable so that we know it is no longer available. Conversely, if you receive an acceptance from us, please withdraw that submission from anywhere else you have submitted it to immediately. Once you agree to publish with us, you cannot withdraw your submission. If you are unsure whether the piece is being published elsewhere, please reject our acceptance immediately.

· 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

*To qualify to be published in Prospectus, you must NOT have had a collection of short stories, a novella, or a novel published longer than 150 pages.

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.). Only one short story per reading period, please.

· 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, including pronouns. 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 the story you are submitting. Type single-spaced in Times New Roman 12. Convert to PDF before uploading. Name your file lastnamefirstnamestory.pdf (i.e., jeffersonthomasstory.pdf).

· There is no reading fee.

· Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please withdraw your story from Submittable so that we know it is no longer available. Conversely, if you receive an acceptance from us, please withdraw that submission from anywhere else you have submitted it to immediately. Once you agree to publish with us, you cannot withdraw your submission. If you are unsure whether the piece is being published elsewhere, please reject our acceptance immediately.

Art / Photography Submissions

Artists and photographers may submit up to 3 pieces for consideration in .jpg, jpeg, or .tiff 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. Make sure that the submitted work has not appeared anywhere online. If you’ve posted it on your website or social media, we are not interested.

· 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, including pronouns. Do not include links. These will not work in a print journal. Please include the title, medium, and dimensions of each piece you are submitting. Name this document lastnamefirstnamebio.pdf (i.e., jeffersonthomasbio.pdf).

· Submit each piece individually. Name your file lastnamefirstnametitleofpiece.jpg (i.e., vangoghvincentstarrynight.jpg).

· There is no reading fee.

· Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please withdraw your work from Submittable so that we know it is no longer available. Conversely, if you receive an acceptance from us, please withdraw that submission from anywhere else you have submitted it to immediately. Once you agree to publish with us, you cannot withdraw your submission. If you are unsure whether the piece is being published elsewhere, please reject our acceptance immediately.

Reviews

Prospectus publishes reviews of DEBUT full-length collections of poetry (49+ pages), 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 Blog. 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, who is this author, and what is this book about?

· 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.

· About MLA format: For prose, include page numbers (4). If you are quoting more than four lines, use a block quotation. For poetry, include line numbers. For the first quotation, include the word “lines”: (lines 3-5). For subsequent quotations omit the word (8-9). Use slashes to indicate line breaks: (Roses are red / Violets are blue). Use a double slash (//) to indicate a stanza break. If you are quoting four or more lines, switch to block format.

Example of a short review

Payment

Prospectus believes artists should be paid for their work and will pay $25 for each published piece. In addition, you will receive 2 copies of the journal plus a 15% discount on additional copies. Please contact the editor at editor@hambysternpublishing.comto order extra copies for readings, book fairs, and bookstores. Don’t forget to tell us about any events in which you are participating, so that we can share the details on the blog and mailing list.

For contributors outside the US & its territories: Regrettably, recent increases in foreign postage have made it prohibitive for us to be able to send any contributor’s copies or payments by check to writers outside the US and its territories. If you are an international contributor, please indicate your PayPal account for your payment. If you do not have a PayPal account, it is free to create one by visiting PayPal.com.

Rights

Prospectus asks for exclusive First North American Serial Rights (FNASR) and nonexclusive electronic, online, and archival rights. This means you agree to allow Prospectus to be the first publisher of your work in North America (meaning your work has not been previously published anywhere else, including personal blogs, websites, or social media), after which rights return to you. We reserve, however, the right to republish your work on our website, blog, archive, or promotional materials related to Hamby Stern Publishing both online and in print, and we request that you give Prospectus publication credit if you republish your work elsewhere. For example, “originally published in Prospectus: A Literary Offering 5 Winter/Spring 2022.”

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