[NOTE for submissions received Jan. 1 – June 30, 2018: Due to an incredible response to BA/G‘s open call, the editor is unable to respond to each individual submission–particularly those submitted in May and June. However, all accepted pieces have received notification as of July 16th]
What We Publish
Poetry: send up to six (6) poems, ≤ 35 lines each, as one document; we also accept found poetry, just be sure to include your original source
Very Short Fiction: send up to three (3) selections, each ≤ 400 words (including prose poetry) as one document
Fiction: up to 2,000 words
Creative Nonfiction: up to 2,000 words
Art + Photography: Send up to three (3) pieces (Submit Art + Photography ONLY via email: firstname.lastname@example.org) Please include an Artist Statement
Before After/Godwink also periodically features individual selections of literature, arts, and reviews/blog posts on our website. If you would like your work to be considered as a featured piece, please state so in the cover letter of your submission.
*Do send only .doc or .docx files
* Text submissions (those which are not art or photography) emailed to the above address will NOT be considered, nor will they receive response. Text submissions must be uploaded via website form.
*Response time is one to six weeks, depending on the submission queue. Do feel free to inquire about your submission after that time has lapsed. All submissions should receive a response by the first week of the release month (January/July).
*Submissions in multiple genres are permitted (i.e. you may submit once in poetry, once in fiction, once in CNF, and/or once in “other”), though multiple submissions in the same genre is discouraged (e.g. please do not submit multiple 2,000 words story, or two sets of 6 poems). The first submission per genre will be the only submission in that category to receive consideration. You are welcome to submit again in any category after your current submission receives reply.
*Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please notify BA/G if your work has been accepted elsewhere.
*We accept previously published work, as serial rights allow. If your submission has been published prior, state such in your cover letter.
*We require no rights; they’re all yours, always.
*Should the work we accept later be featured elsewhere, we ask kindly that you attribute BA/G for having first published and believed in it.
While the goal is to provide support for our contributors (actually, the goal is also to, in a few years time, transition into a small press house), we currently lack the means to pay our artists.
How to Submit
Per your convenience, we’ve made submissions possible through our website. Flip over to the “Send Your Work.” tab to learn more.
Upon acceptance, you will be asked to provide a short bio; there is no need to include such items in your initial email. The aim is a blind read.
Submissions for Before After/Godwink are accepted year-round. Submissions received after December 31st will be considered for publication in our Summer issue (released mid-July); submissions received after June 30th will be considered for publication in our Winter issue (released mid-January).