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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Submissions may be sent to us at any time, year-round.

Note: We currently only accept submissions from those enrolled in the Writers' Village MFA & Certificate Programs for the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.

We accept Photography submissions from all sources

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Village Square is interested in a variety of forms; we accept submissions in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and photography and photo essays. We impose no restrictions on category or type of submission for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome. We want writers to have every possible opportunity for success, so we only ask that you alert us if your work is accepted elsewhere. In that case, we’ll be sorry to lose the piece but happy for the writer. You do not have to withdraw your entire submission should you wish for us to consider unpublished pieces. Please send only unpublished work. We cannot consider anything that has been previously published or accepted for publication in any form, (this does not include items posted here in the WVU forums, on blogs, on Facebook, etc.) 

Publication Rights If your work is accepted by Village Square, you agree to grant us First North American Serial Rights, all archival rights, plus the rights to reprint in any future anthologies, should we explore that territory. Upon publication, all rights revert to the author. You agree that if your work subsequently appears elsewhere (in print or online), you will give due credit to Village Square.

If you would like to submit to multiple categories: Each category should be sent as a single Word document. Please include a cover letter with a bio in your document (all bios are subject to editing). You may also include a URL to your blog or website, if applicable.

Though we will usually respond within a few days of submission, please allow up to two weeks for consideration. 

We reserve the right to hold some pieces back each month and place them in the most appropriate upcoming issue.  

 

Cover Letters  

What we want from you

Include a brief bio (50 words or fewer) written in the third person. If you do not include a bio and we accept your work, we will make something up. It will be complimentary, but likely not factual. Include your full cover letter as the first page of the file.

We want you to proofread. We want you to use spellcheck. 

We want your work to make us think AND feel. 

We want to hear about any major publications and awards 

Tell us about any past publication in Village Square   

 

What we do not want from you 

Previously published material. 

Overly religious material. 

Any work that is racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, hateful, etc.

   

Include your full cover letter as the first page of the file. 

 

 The deadline for our July issue is June 25th  

Fiction Submission Form 

Fiction - Village Square is open to all narrative styles and forms, and are always on the lookout for something we haven’t seen before. Send a story we won’t be able to forget.

  • We accept one story or up to three flash fiction pieces per submission.
  • Please format prose double-spaced, preferably in a 12 point Calibri or Times New Roman font.
  • Stories should typically be no less than 500 and no more than 3,000 words. Flash fiction should be between 300 & 1,000 words.*

 

*Note: If you send us a fiction submission that’s over 2,000 words, and we’re interested in publishing it online, we may request to publish it in serial form.

 

 

Nonfiction Submission Form

Nonfiction - Village Square is interested in nonfiction in any form. We welcome memoir, personal essay, lyric and experimental work, hybrid forms, new journalism and non-academic cultural criticism. And while we are open to all aesthetic and stylistic approaches, we especially value writing that is fresh, honest, self-aware, and well expressed.

  • We accept one essay or up to three vignettes/brevities per submission.
  • Please format prose double-spaced, preferably in a 12 point Calibri or Times New Roman font.
  • Essays should typically be no longer than 3,000 words. Vignettes and brevities may be up to 750 words.*

 

*Note: If you send us a nonfiction submission that’s over 2,000 words, and we’re interested in publishing it online, we may request to publish it in serial form.

 

 

Poetry Submission Form

Poetry - There are true things in the world only observed by a single set of eyes, perceived by a unique touch, borne on the beat of a lone heart. Poetry is the heart singing those truths. We are looking for work that moves beyond the ordinary, that uncovers what’s hidden, that reaches into the depths of our hearts and reveals what’s true in all of us.  

 

  • We accept up to five poems per submission.
  • Please submit poems formatted as you would like to see them in print, preferably in a 12 point Calibri or Times New Roman font.
  • Individual Poems should typically be no more than three pages long. Each poem should start on a new page. Your submission should give a strong sense of your style and range. We accept submissions of all poetic forms and genres but do not accept translations. 

 

Photography Submission Form

Photo EssaysVillage Square publishes photo essays in our online issues.

  • Please send a collection of photos that shows curatorial intent and direction along with an introduction of up to 250 words contextualizing the work.

Visual Arts Submissions - Village Square would like to see photography on a variety of subjects.

  • Up to six visual arts submissions are accepted at once and can either be thumbnails or full-size images.
    • You can also include a document (in .doc or .rtf format) with a write-up of your work.