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Submissions

Current Cycle

Submissions are currently closed.

When open, submissions are only accepted electronically through our submission manager at Submittable.

Please read our guidelines below. Some have changed recently to clarify requirements.

Submission Guidelines

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

We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask you to notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. And we’ll applaud you for that acceptance!

We only accept submissions from women who consider themselves greater Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA writers and artists. You may consider yourselves “local” for many reasons. We empower you to decide if you fall into this category.

If your work is accepted, you agree to grant us First North American Serial Rights and Electronic Archival Rights. Upon publication, all rights revert back to you. You agree that if your work subsequently appears elsewhere (in print or online), you will give credit to VoiceCatcher. When we publish an ebook or print version of the “best” of VoiceCatcher, we will contact you for permission to reprint your work.

We take pride in offering respectful suggestions for revisions for submissions we think deserve that “extra push” toward publication. We may contact you to suggest possible changes that you can always decline.

New to submitting your written work for publication? See “Writers’ Craft: Tips for Submitting to VoiceCatcher’s Publications” for helpful hints and advice.

We use the current Associated Press Stylebook for punctuation so, if you’re not familiar with it, please review its rules for usage. You’ll find the major rules in our “Tips” article.

Editing and proofing your work before submitting it will impress us and save us time. It may also make the difference between an enthusiastic, “Congratulations! We proudly accept your work” or “This piece needs careful editing and proofing before we can publish it.”

What to send us

We only accept electronic submissions via Submittable.

In the body of the Submittable form, include:

  • A short bio – 100 words or fewer – written in the third person. You may include a link to your website, but be sure it works!
  • Send your written piece(s) as an attachment in a single Word document. Use the title(s) of your work to identify the document.
  • Since submissions are read blind, do not put any identifying information in your document.
  • Only submit work one time AND in one genre per reading cycle. Multiple submissions and/or submissions in more than one genre will not be considered.

Poetry

  • In one Word document, submit up to three poems. Each poem should not exceed 50 lines.
  • Single space your poems except for stanza breaks.
  • Insert page breaks between poems.
  • Use Times Roman 12pt type.

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

  • Submit one piece of prose per submission period in a Word Document.
  • Limit your piece to no more than 3000 words.
  • Double space your work and indent paragraphs by half an inch.
  • Use Times Roman 12pt type.

Visual Art

  • Take a look at the images in our previous editions. We prefer vibrant work with sharp and artistic imagery and lean toward fine art rather than journalism.
  • Please have electronic images cropped and colors adjusted to best represent your artwork. If it is accepted for publication, our editors may scale your artwork to best fit the journal.
  • Send up to five pieces that have not already appeared in other print or online publications.
  • Use at least 300 dpi, no more than 600 dpi. Do not send images that are too small. 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. Example: Racehorse at Rest.jpg.
  • Send in RGB color format.
  • 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.