Submission Guidelines


Submissions to the journal are currently closed; please check back for information on when they will reopen for the Spring 2018 issue. Submissions are always open, however, 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. When VoiceCatcher is accepting submissions of poetry, prose, or art for the journal, it is according to the guidelines laid out below. 

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.


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. Please see below for specific guidelines on submission. Have an idea you’d like to pitch to us? Contact editors@voicecatcher.org  

Submission Guidelines

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. Up to three photographs in .jpg, .jpeg, or .png format only. This may include author photo, book cover, event poster, and/or event venue. PDFs will not be accepted.


Announcements

VoiceCatcher would love to announce our authors’ events. This includes, but is not limited to, book releases, readings, classes, and workshops.

Due to the time-sensitive nature of event announcements, please submit at least ten days in advance for inclusion in our emailed newsletter. If you submit within a shorter window to your event, it will be published on our website and distributed via social media, but it may or may not be included with our newsletter.

Event announcements should include a short write-up of the event with dates/times, venue name, and address, and they should be written in third person.

Submit one announcement per submission in a single Word document.

In-Design files and PDFs will not be accepted.

Double space and indent paragraphs by half an inch.

Use tabs, not spaces, for indents.

Use Times New Roman 12pt font.

If venue has a website, please include a link.


Book Reviews and Craft Essays

Double space and indent paragraphs by half an inch.

Use tabs, not spaces, for indents.

Use Times New Roman 12pt font.

Quotes of five or more lines must be a block quote.

Please do not use more than one block quote.

Do not italicize block quotes.

When referencing another author’s work, please include a link to that author’s website and/or the author’s work.

Links included will be embedded within the text of your piece. Please select and make bold the text you would like linked. Example: I think VoiceCatcher (http://voicecatcher.org) is a pretty great place to submit my work.