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Antithesis Common is not a genre-specific literary magazine, and our submissions system is open to all forms of writing and artwork.

We are amiable people, but please be aware that failing to follow submission guidelines (or, at least, failing to politely break them) makes a poor first impression.

If you wish to send something that is outside the scope of this list, please contact us using the link at the top of the page. We are open to new ideas, and if you have any questions, please ask!

Submissions are temporarily CLOSED as we prepare the Antithesis Common print anthology. Please see the "News" section of our site for more details.

 

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General Guidelines

  • Open to ALL writers and artists, regardless of age, location, or experience
  • Submissions are accepted on an open, rolling basis.
  • Writers and artists will have the option to receive personal feedback on their pieces, regardless of whether or not we decide to publish their work(s).
  • Submissions should be publishing-ready - Please only send works that are complete, error-free and that you want to have published. If you have a work in progress or simply want feedback, we can recommend several online writing communities for this purpose.
  • We respond to all submissions within 90 days.

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Please review the guidelines below and include the following information with your submission(s):

  • Full name (as you wish to be credited in the magazine)
  • Biography written in 3rd person (approximately 50-75 words)
  • Review request: Please specify whether you wish to receive editorial comments about your work(s)
    • Yes
    • No
    • Yes, but only if revisions are needed for publication

IMPORTANT NOTICE: By sending your writing or artwork to Antithesis Common, you guarantee that this work is exclusively your own and that you have the right to grant us the use of it.

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Fiction/Non-Fiction
Including (but not limited to) short fiction, flash fiction, commentary, essays, and experimental works

  • Maximum length: 3,500 words
    • Longer pieces will be accepted based on merit, but please query first
  • Manuscripts should be in block form
    • This means: no paragraph indents, single-spaced with double-spacing between paragraphs
  • Proofread and spell check before submitting
  • Acceptable file formats: .doc, .rtf, .txt
    • We will also accept submissions copied into the body of an email message, but this is not preferred for longer works, and formatting may be lost
  • Preferred file format: .rtf

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Poetry
Including (but not limited to) free verse, haiku, lyric, concrete, narrative, and experimental works

  • Maximum length: 2 single-spaced pages
    • Longer pieces will be accepted based on merit, but please query first
  • Acceptable file formats: .doc, .rtf, .txt
    • We will also accept submissions copied into the body of an email message, but this is not preferred for longer works, and formatting may be lost
    • If your submission includes formatting (such as italics or bold), please send as a .rtf file.
  • Preferred file format: .rtf

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Artwork/Visual Arts
Including (but not limited to) photography, paintings, mixed media, comics, drawings, digital art, and sculpture

  • Send the largest, clearest copy available
  • Do not watermark your work
  • Acceptable file formats: .jpg, .gif, .bmp, .png
    • We will also accept submissions via web link, where you upload your art to a personal homepage or a site like Imageshack and send us the link.
    • If you are sending us a link to a gallery where many images are stored, please clearly specify which works you are submitting for review. We will not review entire online galleries/websites.
  • Preferred file format: .jpg

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Reprints

  • Acceptable under the following conditions:
    • You must inform us that your submission was previously published elsewhere (and where/when, if possible).
    • All rights to the work must have reverted back to you.

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Simultaneous submissions

  • Acceptable under the following conditions:
    • You must inform us that your work is a simultaneous submission.
    • You must inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere, even if you think the rights are still clear for our publication schedule.
  • Most publications do not accept simultaneous submissions; Antithesis Common's open policy is an increasing rarity. Because of this, we ask that you please be courteous in informing us (and updating us) of the status of your work. Failure to do so is disrespectful, and may result in our refusal to consider subsequent submissions by the contributor in question.

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Multiple submissions

  • Acceptable under the following conditions:
    • For stories and essays, please send no more than three works or 4,500 total words, whichever comes first.
    • For poetry, please send 1-5 poems.
    • For art there is no official limit, but we do not consider entire websites or galleries as submissions; you must send copies of (or links to) the specific works you want us to consider.

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Rights, Terms and Conditions

  • Submissions to Antithesis Common are voluntary and unsolicited. Please do not send us your work if you do not agree to the Terms & Conditions, will not abide by the submission guidelines, or do not want your work published.
  • By sending your writing or artwork to Antithesis Common, you guarantee that the work is exclusively your own and that you have the right to grant us the use of it.
  • Antithesis Common asks for one-time publication and anthology rights. This means we may publish your work(s) in one print and/or online issue of the magazine and also in a future "Best of" issue at the editors' discretion. We also reserve the right to archive your work on our website for an indefinite period of time.
  • We do not negotiate rights under most circumstances.
  • For more information, please read our Terms and Conditions.

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Content, Revisions and Compensation

  • Antithesis Common embraces diversity, and we welcome all subjects, opinions, and ideas. However, hateful or inflammatory submissions (known colloquially as "flames") will not be published and may be returned unread.
  • Please keep in mind that we are a magazine for creative writing and art; thus, traditional "articles" about a subject (i.e. fact-based retellings of an event) are not encouraged. For this reason, we also do not publish interviews or reviews.
  • At this time we do not pay for submissions to the magazine; however, we hope to do so in the future.
  • If your piece is chosen as our feature work, we may publish a full-page biography within the magazine.
  • At our discretion, contributors may be given the option to revise their work(s). Due to the amount of submissions we receive, sometimes we do not think revisions would suitably improve a work for publication. In this case, we do not offer the option to revise and do not wish to see additional revisions. We will notify contributors individually if either situation is applicable.

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Submissions are temporarily CLOSED as we prepare the Antithesis Common print anthology. Please see the "News" section of our site for more details.

Publishing schedule
September 15, 2007
December 15, 2007
March 15, 2008
June 15, 2008

Antithesis Common print anthology coming Summer 2007!

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