Journal Submission Information 2018
KRCC is pleased to announce the second issue of Voices, a literary journal recognizing and presenting creative talent from the Kentucky River region and beyond. KRCC staff and clients, as well as writers from throughout the region, are invited to submit their best prose, poetry, photography, and artwork by May 15th.All submissions of photography and artwork will be automatically entered into a competition for our second issue’s cover art!
*For Artwork/Photography: Submissions must be solely the work of the artist. Reproductions or alterations of other artists’ works are not permitted. Images submitted should be digital files and should follow these guidelines:
Up to 3 entries in total may be submitted. Submissions may be any art medium such as photography, painting, drawing, or collage. Along with the submission, please include:
- Name of piece
- Physical description of piece (ex. "ink on paper," "charcoal," etc.)
- Name of artist
- Artistic summary of the work submitted (optional)
- Contact info (phone, cell or home phone, physical address, email address)
Note: If you have questions about how to submit artwork, please contact us. For all digital images: Color or Black & White entries accepted. All digital submissions must be at least 300 dpi and 6″ minimum on its largest side (if the file is under 300 dpi, then the image must be at least 12” minimum on its largest side). Acceptable file formats include: .jpg, .tif, .pdf, and .psd Cell phone images are not high resolution and will not be considered if submitted. Selected images will be automatically entered into a competition for the issue’s cover art! All submissions will be considered for publication in our journal.
What we're looking for:
Poetry: up to 5 poems per submission
Fiction: manuscripts up to 16 double-spaced pages (or 4,000 words)
Flash Fiction: manuscripts up to 4 double-spaced pages (or 1,000 words)
Creative Nonfiction: manuscripts up to 20 double-spaced pages (or 5,000 words)
First-Person Accounts: true stories about living with, surviving, or overcoming a mental illness or substance use disorder; manuscripts up to 6 pages (1,000 to 3,000 words)
Novel Excerpts: manuscripts from 1,500 to 6,500 words (up to 25 double-spaced pages)
Note: We prefer to receive unpublished material; however, we will consider previously published pieces so long as the writer has either retained or has had the rights revert to them. If you do submit previously published work, alert us to that fact in your cover letter or email.
Deadline for submissions: May 15th
For poetry, flash fiction, and artwork, send no more than 3 submissions per genre at any one time. (In other words, submitting three poems at the same time is fine, but please don’t submit flash fiction stories along with those three poems. We’d prefer you send us the three poems in a separate submission.)
For fiction, creative nonfiction, first-person accounts, and novel excerpts, please keep your submission to one per genre.
We’d prefer all submissions to be typed and all prose double-spaced, pages numbered, and with 1-inch margins. Please make sure your name is on each piece you submit.
For typed submissions, please use a normal, easily readable font (e.g., Times New Roman, Calibri, etc.). If we can’t read it, we won’t read it. Also, please use a 10 to 12-point font. Our eyes will thank you! Exceptions will only be permitted for submissions originating from clinicians or KRCC program directors submitting on behalf of clients.
Upload each entry as one document. We accept doc, docx, pdf, and rtf files. We will also accept Pages documents. Please do not send originals or the only copy you have of your written work. Submissions will not be returned. While we encourage self-expression, we will not accept pieces with excessive sexuality, vulgarity, or profanity.
With your submission, please send:
1. Cover Letter: Please note the names/titles of your submissions in your letter, word count, and genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc.).
2. A Brief Bio: In addition to providing details about yourself, indicate your status as a person who lives with a mental illness or substance use disorder, family member/friend of a person who lives with a mental illness or substance use disorder, KRCC staff, or, if applicable, a writer from the region who has produced a submission in keeping with our theme.
3. Contact Information: Please include your name, complete mailing address, phone number, and email address so that we may contact you about the status of your submission. We will notify you after the May 15 deadline about whether or not your submission has been accepted.
Friends & Family
At KRCC, we know and understand that mental illnesses and substance use disorders affect not only the client or addict, but also the friends and family of the client or addict. That’s why we encourage submissions from those living with these issues whether directly or by association. If you’re a friend or family member who’d like to send a submission to Voices, your submission should be related to your experience with mental illness or a substance use disorder as the friend or family member. Example: You write a poem or first-person account about your feelings and/or experiences supporting a friend who’s struggling with alcoholism.
We will accept submissions through May 15th. Our editors will review each piece as it is received and determine whether it will be featured in our publication. After May 15th, we will go through one final round of review and selection during which time the chief editor’s decision is final. At that time, we will begin notifying all those who have submitted as to whether their submission has been accepted for publication or not. Note: All submissions are subject to editorial correction.
A release date for the second issue of Voices will be announced in the summer of 2018. If your submission is selected for publication, you will receive two complimentary contributor’s copies. You will retain your copyright.
Ready to Send in Your Submission?
Once again, please send all submissions – following the above guidelines – to email@example.com. All questions and inquiries can be directed to Ms. Miller by emailing her or calling 606-666-4351, ext. 1957.