Submission Guidelines


Submissions are open for the Fall 2017 Issue from September 4th through October 15th, 2017. VoiceCatcher accepts submission of poetry, prose, or art, according to the guidelines laid out below. Submissions are always open for the Community Site, an online collection of craft essays, book reviews, and interviews. To submit an essay, review, or interview to Community Site, please scroll to the bottom of the web page.

For information and special instructions for entering our first-ever national contest, click here: http://voicecatcher.org/join-our-voices-for-social-justice/

Submissions are blind and accepted electronically through Submittable. Please read the guidelines carefully before hitting Send.

VoiceCatcher publishes new writing that has not appeared in print or online. If you’ve published a piece on your own website, blog or self-publishing site, please remove it before submitting to us.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

We only accept submissions from female-identified and non-binary writers and artists who consider themselves residents of or strongly connected to the greater Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA areas.

We love to support returning voices, but if your work was published in our most recent issue, we ask you to wait at least one cycle before submitting again. This keeps the journal fresh and allows us to support as many new and emerging voices as possible.

If your work is accepted, you agree to grant us First North American Serial Rights and Electronic Archival Rights. At publication, all rights revert back to you. If your work subsequently appears in print or online, you agree to give credit to VoiceCatcher. We agree to contact you for permission to reprint your work.


The What and How

We accept electronic submission through Submittable. Edit and proof your work before submitting. In the body of the Submittable form, please include:

  1. A short bio – 100 words or less – written in third person.

  2. Your written piece(s) as an attachment, in a single Word document. Use the title(s) of your work as the file name of your document.

  3. Submissions are blind. Please remove all identifying information from your document.

  4. Only submit work one time AND in one genre per cycle. Multiple submissions and/or submissions in more than one genre can NOT be considered.


Poetry

In a single Word document, submit up to three poems. Each poem should not exceed 50 lines.

Keep submissions blind. Use the title of your work as the saved file name on the document, NOT your own name. Thank you.

Single space your poems for stanza breaks.

Insert page breaks between poems.

Use Times New Roman 12pt font.

If lines in your poems are indented, please use the SPACE BAR (NOT the TAB Key) to indent. This helps us keep the correct visual format.

If your poem has a “justified right margin,” we will do our best to preserve the line breaks, but there may be some variance due to font styling on the website.


Prose (fiction, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, memoir)

Submit one piece of prose per submission cycle in a single Word document.

Include the word count of your piece. No more than 3,000 words.

Double space and indent paragraphs by half an inch.

Use Times New Roman 12pt font.

Keep submissions blind. Use the title of your work as the saved file name on the document, NOT your own name. Thank you.


Visual Art

Send up to five pieces that have not already appeared in other print or online publications.

Have electronic images cropped and colors adjusted to best represent your artwork. Send in RGB color format.

Use at least 300 dpi, no more than 600 dpi. Size for width must be between 450-1000 pixels; size for height between 300-700 pixels.

Submit as JPG or TIF files using your art title as the file name to keep submissions blind. Example: Racehorse at Rest.jpg.

Please let us know the size of the original piece and media for each piece submitted. Example: Shadows (11” x 14,” digital photograph) or Light Beside Her (16” x 20,” acrylic on canvas). If your art is selected for publication, we will ask you for a short artist statement to accompany the digital presentation.


Ends on October 15, 2017

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are open for the Fall 2017 issue! Send us your prose from September 4– October 15, 2017.

Submissions are blind and accepted electronically through Submittable. Please read the guidelines carefully before hitting Send.

VoiceCatcher publishes new writing that has not appeared in print or online. If you’ve published a piece on your own website, blog or self-publishing site, please remove it before submitting to us.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

We only accept submissions from female-identified and non-binary writers and artists who consider themselves residents of or strongly connected to the greater Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA areas.

We love to support returning voices, but if your work was published in our most recent issue, we ask you to wait at least one cycle before submitting again. This keeps the journal fresh and allows us to support as many new and emerging voices as possible.

If your work is accepted, you agree to grant us First North American Serial Rights and Electronic Archival Rights. At publication, all rights revert back to you. If your work subsequently appears in print or online, you agree to give credit to VoiceCatcher. We agree to contact you for permission to reprint your work.

The What and How

We accept electronic submission through Submittable. Edit and proof your work before submitting. In the body of the Submittable form, please include:

  1. A short bio – 100 words or less – written in third person.

  2. Your written piece(s) as an attachment, in a single Word document. Use the title(s) of your work as the file name of your document.

  3. Submissions are blind. Please remove all identifying information from your document.

  4. Only submit work one time AND in one genre per cycle. Multiple submissions and/or submissions in more than one genre can NOT be considered.

Prose (fiction, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, memoir)

Submit one piece of prose per submission cycle in a single Word document.

Include the word count of your piece. No more than 3,000 words.

Double space and indent paragraphs by half an inch.

Use Times New Roman 12pt font.

Keep submissions blind. Use the title of your work as the saved file name on the document, NOT your own name. Thank you.

Ends on October 15, 2017

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are open for the Fall 2017 issue! Send us your prose from September 4– October 15, 2017. 

Submissions are blind and accepted electronically through Submittable. Please read the guidelines carefully before hitting Send.

VoiceCatcher publishes new writing that has not appeared in print or online. If you’ve published a piece on your own website, blog or self-publishing site, please remove it before submitting to us.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

We only accept submissions from female-identified and non-binary writers and artists who consider themselves residents of or strongly connected to the greater Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA areas.

We love to support returning voices, but if your work was published in our most recent issue, we ask you to wait at least one cycle before submitting again. This keeps the journal fresh and allows us to support as many new and emerging voices as possible.

If your work is accepted, you agree to grant us First North American Serial Rights and Electronic Archival Rights. At publication, all rights revert back to you. If your work subsequently appears in print or online, you agree to give credit to VoiceCatcher. We agree to contact you for permission to reprint your work.

The What and How

We accept electronic submission through Submittable. Edit and proof your work before submitting. In the body of the Submittable form, please include:

  1. A short bio – 100 words or less – written in third person.

  2. Your written piece(s) as an attachment, in a single Word document. Use the title(s) of your work as the file name of your document.

  3. Submissions are blind. Please remove all identifying information from your document.

  4. Only submit work one time AND in one genre per cycle. Multiple submissions and/or submissions in more than one genre can NOT be considered.

Prose (fiction, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, memoir)

Submit one piece of prose per submission cycle in a single Word document.

Include the word count of your piece. No more than 3,000 words.

Double space and indent paragraphs by half an inch.

Use Times New Roman 12pt font.

Keep submissions blind. Use the title of your work as the saved file name on the document, NOT your own name. Thank you.

Ends on October 15, 2017

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are open for the Fall 2017 issue! Send us your poetry from September 4 – October 15, 2017.

Submissions are blind and accepted electronically through Submittable. Please read the guidelines carefully before hitting Send. A common error is that author name is put into the title field for the piece when entering information into Submittable. Please make sure that this does not occur.

VoiceCatcher publishes new writing that has not appeared in print or online. If you’ve published a piece on your own website, blog or self-publishing site, please remove it before submitting to us.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

We only accept submissions from female-identified and non-binary writers and artists who consider themselves residents of or strongly connected to the greater Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA areas.

We love to support returning voices, but if your work was published in our most recent issue, we ask you to wait at least one cycle before submitting again. This keeps the journal fresh and allows us to support as many new and emerging voices as possible.

If your work is accepted, you agree to grant us First North American Serial Rights and Electronic Archival Rights. At publication, all rights revert back to you. If your work subsequently appears in print or online, you agree to give credit to VoiceCatcher. We agree to contact you for permission to reprint your work.

The What and How

We accept electronic submission through Submittable. Edit and proof your work before submitting. In the body of the Submittable form, please include:

  1. A short bio – 100 words or less – written in third person.

  2. Your written piece(s) as an attachment, in a single Word document. Use the title(s) of your work as the file name of your document.

  3. Submissions are blind. Please remove all identifying information from your document.

  4. Only submit work one time AND in one genre per cycle. Multiple submissions and/or submissions in more than one genre can NOT be considered.

Poetry

In a single Word document, submit up to three poems. Each poem should not exceed 50 lines.

Keep submissions blind. Use the title of your work as the saved file name on the document, NOT your own name. Thank you.

Single space your poems for stanza breaks.

Insert page breaks between poems.

Use Times New Roman 12pt font.

If lines in your poems are indented, please use the SPACE BAR (NOT the TAB Key) to indent. This helps us keep the correct visual format.

If your poem has a “justified right margin,” we will do our best to preserve the line breaks, but there may be some variance due to font styling on the website.

Ends on October 15, 2017

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are open for the Fall 2017 issue! Send us your visual art from September 4 – October 15, 2017.

Submissions are blind and accepted electronically through Submittable. Please read the guidelines carefully before hitting Send.

VoiceCatcher publishes new writing that has not appeared in print or online. If you’ve published a piece on your own website, blog or self-publishing site, please remove it before submitting to us.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

We only accept submissions from female-identified and non-binary writers and artists who consider themselves residents of or strongly connected to the greater Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA areas.

We love to support returning voices, but if your work was published in our most recent issue, we ask you to wait at least one cycle before submitting again. This keeps the journal fresh and allows us to support as many new and emerging voices as possible.

If your work is accepted, you agree to grant us First North American Serial Rights and Electronic Archival Rights. At publication, all rights revert back to you. If your work subsequently appears in print or online, you agree to give credit to VoiceCatcher. We agree to contact you for permission to reprint your work.

The What and How

We accept electronic submission through Submittable. Edit and proof your work before submitting. In the body of the Submittable form, please include:

  1. A short bio – 100 words or less – written in third person.

  2. Your written piece(s) as an attachment, in a single Word document. Use the title(s) of your work as the file name of your document.

  3. Submissions are blind. Please remove all identifying information from your document.

  4. Only submit work one time AND in one genre per cycle. Multiple submissions and/or submissions in more than one genre can NOT be considered.

Visual Art

Send up to five pieces that have not already appeared in other print or online publications.

Have electronic images cropped and colors adjusted to best represent your artwork. Send in RGB color format.

Use at least 300 dpi, no more than 600 dpi. Size for width must be between 450-1000 pixels; size for height between 300-700 pixels.

Submit as JPG or TIF files using your art title as the file name to keep submissions blind. Example: Racehorse at Rest.jpg.

Please let us know the size of the original piece and media for each piece submitted. Example: Shadows (11” x 14,” digital photograph) or Light Beside Her (16” x 20,” acrylic on canvas). If your art is selected for publication, we will ask you for a short artist statement to accompany the digital presentation.


Submission Guidelines

Submissions are open for the Fall 2017 issue! Send us your prose and poetry from September 4 – October 15, 2017. 

We especially encourage female-identified creatives between 14-18 years of age to submit to VoiceCatcher. Young Voices is open to writers in the greater Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA areas. 

Submissions are blind and accepted electronically through Submittable. Please read the guidelines carefully before hitting Send.

VoiceCatcher publishes new writing that has not appeared in print or online. If you’ve published a piece on your own website, blog or self-publishing site, please remove it before submitting to us.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

We love to support returning voices, but if your work was published in our most recent issue, we ask you to wait at least one cycle before submitting again. This keeps the journal fresh and allows us to support as many new and emerging voices as possible.

If your work is accepted, you agree to grant us First North American Serial Rights and Electronic Archival Rights. At publication, all rights revert back to you. If your work subsequently appears in print or online, you agree to give credit to VoiceCatcher. We agree to contact you for permission to reprint your work.

The What and How

We accept electronic submission through Submittable. Edit and proof your work before submitting. In the body of the Submittable form, please include:

  1. A short bio – 100 words or less – written in third person.

  2. Your written piece(s) as an attachment, in a single Word document. Use the title(s) of your work as the file name of your document.

  3. Submissions are blind. Please remove all identifying information from your document.

  4. Only submit work one time AND in one genre per cycle. Multiple submissions and/or submissions in more than one genre can NOT be considered.

    Poetry

    In a single Word document, submit up to three poems. Each poem should not exceed 50 lines.

    Keep submissions blind. Use the title of your work as the saved file name on the document, NOT your own name.

    Single space your poems for stanza breaks.

    Insert page breaks between poems.

    Use Times New Roman 12pt font.

    If lines in your poems are indented, please use the SPACE BAR (NOT the TAB Key) to indent. This helps us keep the correct visual format.

    If your poem has a “justified right margin,” we will do our best to preserve the line breaks, but there may be some variance due to font styling on the website.

    Prose (fiction, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, memoir)

    Submit one piece of prose per submission cycle in a single Word document.

    Include the word count of your piece. No more than 3,000 words.

    Double space and indent paragraphs by half an inch.

    Use Times New Roman 12pt font.

    Keep submissions blind. Use the title of your work as the saved file name on the document, NOT your own name. Thank you.


Ends on October 8, 2017$5.00
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Join Our Voices for Social Justice

VoiceCatcher is excited to “Join Our Voices for Social Justice” with our first-ever nationwide writing contest. In a time when Charlottesville is current news, writers have an even stronger obligation to create, resist, and come together in respect and in all our diversity to open more space for dialogue and understanding.

If you identify as female, and your poetry, fiction, or nonfiction grapples with issues of divided communities, privilege, racial inequalities, or disparity, we want to hear from you. Let’s join our voices in tribute to the victims of Charlottesville, and those around the nation, who fight and struggle every day.

The contest runs from September 4th to October 8th, 2017, and it is open to all female-identified writers within the United States. There is a $5.00 submission fee for entry, with half of the proceeds to be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Please submit no more than 2,500 words for prose or no more than five poems for poetry entries. The guest judge will determine the winner, who will receive a $50.00 prize and publication in the fall issue of VoiceCatcher. (Please see the full submission guidelines, below, for more information.)

Please meet Diana Garcia - Contest Guest Judge

A native of California’s San Joaquin Valley, poet and writer Diana Garcia was born in a farm labor camp owned by the California Packing Corporation.  Formerly a single mother on welfare, she earned both her BA and MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University. Until her retirement, she was on the creative writing faculty and co-director of the Creative Writing and Social Action Program at California State University Monterey Bay. Her poetry collection, When Living Was a Labor Camp, won an American Book Award.  She, along with Frances Payne Adler and Debra Busman, co-edited the anthology Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing. 

In 2009 she was invited to be a featured poet for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of History Poetics of Labor “Bittersweet Harvest: Cosecha Amarga, Cosecha Dulce” exhibit in Washington, D.C.   In March 2016 she, along with then-U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Arlene Biala headlined “Poets Unite: UFW 50th Anniversary and Dolores Huerta” at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.  

A former judge for the Connecticut Commission of the Arts’ poetry competition, she taught for California Poets in the School, co-founded the Border Voices Project in San Diego, and founded the Central Connecticut Poetry Project. In spring 2005 she was inducted into the “Latinas: The Spirit of California” exhibit as part of the California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts. She was named Connecticut Poet of the Year in 1998. Her poems, stories and essays appear in numerous anthologies and journals. 


        Submission Guidelines

Submissions are open for VoiceCatcher's first national contest, "Join Our Voices For Social Justice." Send us your prose and poetry from September 4 – October 8, 2017.

Submissions are blind and accepted electronically through Submittable. Please read the guidelines carefully before hitting Send.

VoiceCatcher publishes new writing that has not appeared in print or online. If you’ve published a piece on your own website, blog or self-publishing site, please remove it before submitting to us.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

We only accept submissions from female-identified and non-binary writers and artists.

If your work is accepted, you agree to grant us First North American Serial Rights and Electronic Archival Rights. At publication, all rights revert back to you. If your work subsequently appears in print or online, you agree to give credit to VoiceCatcher. We agree to contact you for permission to reprint your work.

The What and How

We accept electronic submission through Submittable. Edit and proof your work before submitting. In the body of the Submittable form, please include:

  1. A short bio – 100 words or less – written in third person.

  2. Your written piece(s) as an attachment, in a single Word document. Use the title(s) of your work as the file name of your document.

  3. Submissions are blind. Please remove all identifying information from your document.

    Poetry

In a single Word document, submit up to five poems. Each poem should not exceed 50 lines.

Keep submissions blind. Use the title of your work as the saved file name on the document, NOT your own name.

Single space your poems for stanza breaks.

Insert page breaks between poems.

Use Times New Roman 12pt font.

If lines in your poems are indented, please use the SPACE BAR (NOT the TAB Key) to indent. This helps us keep the correct visual format.

If your poem has a “justified right margin,” we will do our best to preserve the line breaks, but there may be some variance due to font styling on the website.

Prose (fiction, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, memoir)

Submit one piece of prose in a single Word document.

Include the word count of your piece. No more than 2,500 words.

Double space and indent paragraphs by half an inch.

Use Times New Roman 12pt font.

Keep submissions blind. Use the title of your work as the saved file name on the document, NOT your own name.

Thank you for considering VoiceCatcher. We publish original work by female-identified writers.

We are seeking blog posts for our community site. Submissions are open for book reviews by or about female and female identified writers, publication announcements from our past contributors, interviews by or about local writers and artists, and essays on craft and creativity. Have an idea you’d like to pitch to us? Contact editors@voicecatcher.org