Submission Guidelines

*Submissions will reopen on October 1st for issue 1.2!*

borrowed solace is open to submissions several times a year depending on our current needs.  Submissions will be considered for the next issue after their submission date unless otherwise noted.

We publish one themed issue and one unthemed issue per year.  Our themes are generally vague and can be interpreted many ways, but still, submissions received leading up to the publication of a themed issue must in some way fit with the theme.  If you have questions about a theme or specific issue, please email us at editors@borrowedsolace.com.

We prefer stories that do not include excessive violence or erotica.  If you wish to include such things in your story, it needs to have a purpose – prove to us that it is significant to the story or characters and it won’t be a problem.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please withdraw your submission if it is accepted elsewhere.  Do do this, log into our submissions manager  and click on “Withdraw a Submission.”  If you submitted multiple pieces and wish to withdraw only a certain piece, email us at editors@borrowedsolace.com.

At this time, we are unable to monetarily pay our contributors.  If your submission is chosen for publication in borrowed solace, you will be paid in contributor copies of the journal, and our undying gratitude for allowing us to be a platform for sharing your work!

Please ensure that your submission meets the following requirements before submission and read the requirements in their entirety:

Fiction

For more details on what we look for in fiction, read The 411: Fiction on the blog!

We are looking for fiction that artfully tells a story and reveals truths about humanity. Make us think – but not about how your story is full of typos, mismatched information, or clumsy characters.  We want something unique and refreshing that makes it hard to stop reading!

Please submit only one piece of full length prose or three pieces of flash fiction at a time.  The maximum amount of pages we are able to consider is 30.  Unfortunately, we do not have space in each edition to accept stories any longer.  Standard manuscript formatting applies (see here for more information on what we expect).  Please use Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman font and include your contact information, name, and the word count of the story somewhere on the first page.  Please also submit as a word document.

We are open to submissions regardless of genre, but good genre stories will transcend categorization.  Make us fall in love with your characters and plot, and everything else will fall into place.

Poetry

For more details on what we look for in poetry, read The 411: Poetry on the blog!

We are looking for artful and thought provoking poetry that makes us fall in love with language all over again. We are not partial to form, but prefer our poems to look like poems – no prose poems, please.  We know this makes us old fashioned but we’re okay with that – we’re the grandmother of the poetry world.  We are happy to consider prose poetry if it is submitted as either flash fiction or nonfiction.

Poets can submit up to four poems per submission (if your poems are extraordinarily long, please be mindful of that and only submit one or two poems.)  Please ensure that each poem is complete and each one begins on a new page. Please use Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman font and include your contact information and name somewhere on the first page.  Please also submit as a word document.

Creative Nonfiction

For more details on what we look for in nonfiction, read The 411: Nonfiction on the blog!

We are looking for creative nonfiction that tells a true story in a unique and creative way.  Make us want to keep reading!  We are open to most types of creative nonfiction – memoir, flash nonfiction, literary journalism, etc.  Experimentation is welcome.

Please submit only one piece of full length prose or three pieces of flash nonfiction at a time. The maximum amount of pages we are able to consider is 30. Unfortunately, we do not have space in each edition to accept stories any longer. Standard manuscript formatting applies (see here for more information on what we expect). Please use Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman font and include your contact information, name, and the word count of the story somewhere on the first page.  Please also submit as a word document.

Art & Photography

For more details on what we look for in art, read The 411: Art on the blog!

Unfortunately, we are not able to publish as many pieces of art as we would like to, but we are always looking for art and photography for the cover of each edition and potentially for section headings within the journal.  We prefer to see striking and thought-provoking paintings, drawings, and photography, but are open to other mediums as well.

Please submit up to three pieces as high resolution photographs to our submission manager. Be sure to include your contact information with your cover letter.

We’d appreciate it if artwork and photography was tastefully done – please no nudity.  If you are questioning whether something would be a good fit for the journal, take a look at our last editions.

For being bold enough to release your innermost workings into the world, we thank you.  We hope to be able to give your hours of editing and composing a home, but most of all we look forwarding to seeing what you’ve come up with.

Best of luck,

The editors