Guidelines

  • We only accept original material;
  • We only accept full pieces — no pitches, please;
  • We accept simultaneous subs; please withdraw your piece if it has been accepted elsewhere;
  • Please submit pieces in the corresponding form; if a current section is closed for subs and you submit in another section your piece will be rejected without reading it;
  • Please note our house style (capitalisation, use of expression marks, lack of indent for paras, etc) –– if accepted, your piece will be edited according to our house style without further consultation.
  • Use the allocated space in the form to add a short bio . Please follow this format (in 3rd person): name, relevant work, place of residence, form of contact, if desired — Twitter handle preferred.


FAQs

  • How long do you take to answer? — Please allow 4-12 weeks for an answer (times vary according to the section, and time of the year).
  • Do you pay? — We don't. We are a collaborative and not-for-profit project funded solely by the editors, who also volunteer their time for free. We don’t charge for submissions, receive funding or donations, or run ads. In other words: we have no money. And we want to keep it like this: cooperative, voluntary, independent, and outside of the logic of the market / industry. 
  • What happens with the rights of my piece? — For anything published on our website © remains solely with you — we just host your piece. You are free to publish your piece anywhere you want after publishing with us, whether it is for commercial reasons or not. We ask that if you publish your piece elsewhere you consider attributing our first publication. You can withdraw your piece from our magazine for whatever reason you want to as well; we would prefer to have it for ever but as it is your piece, this is your call; no need to explain why.
  • Do you provide feedback for rejected pieces? — Due to the amount of submissions we receive we aren't in a position to give feedback. And if we were we wouldn't find ourselves comfortable telling you how to write.  
  • What should I expect of the publishing process? How will the editors contact me and how can I contact the editors once my piece is accepted? — Once a piece is accepted an editor will contact you and take your piece to publication, working edits with you, if these are required.  Note: In order to provide a comfortable, safe, and transparent working environment, all magazine-related communication between editors and authors is carried out over email only.
  • I want to reproduce one of your pieces. What should I do? — contact the author directly as © remains with the author. If the author wants to be contacted they will have included details in their bio. If these details aren't there we can't provide them for you, in order to respect the author's wishes. 

Thank you for your interest in submitting to the Essays & Features section of minor literature[s].

We welcome all forms of critical writing, including creative nonfiction and reportage. Work that incorporates photography, music, video, and other multimedia components while still focusing on literature[s] are appreciated.

Literature[s] should be understood  e x p a n s i v e l y ,  encompassing, among other things, architecture, biography, film, historiography, music, painting, performance, philosophy, photography, sculpture, theater, translation, and video; though we are particularly interested in work that critically engages with independent presses, writers, and writing that exist beyond the mainstream. Send us essays that help to contextualize, analyze, and evaluate the art and culture of today. Draw connections among seemingly disparate lines of descent. Lay bare the practices that meaningfully bring our world into question.

Get to know us and the types of essays we publish before submitting your unpublished work for consideration. Rarely will we publish something less than 500 words or more than 1500 words.


More Guidance

Heed the minor by avoiding ableist, biased, classist, cliched, heternormative, homophobic, misogynistic, racist, sexist, theory-laden, transphobic, unnecessarily gendered, violent language.

Heed literature by not conflating it with the publishing industry, belletrism, or marketing.

Heed the [s].

Disclaimer: The author is fully responsible for clearing © for all material submitted. The editors reserve the right to take down any piece that for whatever reason they feel is detrimental to the project.

Have you read our general guidelines

Please acquaint yourself with Minor Literature[s] as a whole before submitting. 

We especially welcome reviews that deal with books that haven't received proper attention in mainstream media, particularly work in translation, regardless of when they have been published. If a book has receive a lot of coverage already, please assume a review of it is not for us, regardless of your unique point of view,.

Reviews for the UNTRANSLATED section can be of books published any time, as long as a version is not available in English. 

Please note we would prefer titles from smaller/independent presses and new authors and that we are not currently accepting reviews of self-published books. We have no interest in online book discourse — we are mainly interested in essayistic reviews that can connect a book with wider themes. 

IMPORTANT: Please do not use this form to submit review copies or unpublished manuscripts. 

Disclaimer: The author is fully responsible for clearing © for all material submitted. The editors reserve the right to taken down any piece that for whatever reason they feel is detrimental to the project.  
Have you read our general guidelines?

We are particularly keen in conversations that bring visibility to topics, people, and practices that may not receive attention in the mainstream arts and culture media. We welcome interviews with writers, artists, filmmakers, poets, outsiders, freaks, and anybody you think might be relevant to minor literature[s].


PLEASE NOTE: do not use the interviews section to propose we interview you. It is frankly — how to say this — weird. 


Disclaimer: The author is fully responsible for clearing © for all material submitted. The editors reserve the right to take down any piece that for whatever reason they feel is detrimental to the project.  

Have you read our general guidelines?

We welcome genre-shattering prose exploring all aspects of experimentation. Have a look through our section to get an idea of what we like to publish. 


IMPORTANT: Please note that as we are an online publication — in order to guarantee readability across devices — we are limited by what we can do with our layout; a piece with complicated form or long lines, for example, might not look the same way on mobile, tablet or a desktop computer. We prefer work that is conceived with this in mind. 


That said, we do accept experimental that explores form but we reserve the right to publish this type of piece as a PDF file, without further consultation. 


Disclaimer: The author is fully responsible for clearing © for all material submitted.  The editors reserve the right to take down any piece that for whatever reason they feel is detrimental to the project.  

Have you read our general guidelines?

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