Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

SEND ALL SUBMISSIONS TO SUBMISSIONS@THEPARAGONJOURNAL.COM
WE READ ALL SUBMISSIONS BLIND, AND THAT MEANS THAT ALL IDENTIFYING FACTORS NEED TO BE LEFT OFF THE WORK. THIS INCLUDES THE FILE NAME.

POETRY

Send up to 8 poems in a standard font. We read blind, so keep your name off the work itself and the file name. Again, submit all of your poems in a single file, and clearly identify each title in the body of the email. (Title A/Title B/Title C.). We just want to know the names of what you submit so when we go back to send you a decision letter we know who wrote what wonderful piece.

Make sure to check your work for errors. This is even more important with poetry. We want your work to look exactly like you mean it to look.

FICTION

We want to read these stories blind, too, so don’t put your name on the work itself or in the file name.

We’re not going to reject your story if it has an error or two in it, but do your best to proofread your piece before sending. Please make sure that you read your work out loud. We are might get tired of reading and that would be a shame to everyone.

If you’re sending multiple pieces, that’s fine. Please clearly indicate each story in a single file, and create a title in the body of your email using the following format: Title A/Title B/Title C.

CREATIVE NON-FICTION

Send up to 3 pieces of non-fiction, no more than 2,500 words each. Please put them both in one document. These are personal essays or memoir-style essays that follow the literary qualities of creative nonfiction, such as using a first-person point of view to reflect on your past, or incorporating creative research or immersive journalism in order to show insight into a topic. Again, submit all of your non-fiction pieces in a single file, and clearly identify each title in the body of the email. (Title A/Title B/Title C.)

VISUAL ARTS

Now this is the only category that has the least requirements. We would like to pair our stories and poetry with a strong visual, and we would like those to come from you. Our only requirement is that the work belongs to you and that it comes to us in at least 970×970.

*PLAYWRITING*

We want to read your play blind, so make sure that you do not include your name on the work or file name, but please make sure to include the title of your play on the first page.

We are not going to reject your play over a few spelling mistakes, but we want you to be sure of what you are writing. If you have any questions on whether or not something will work in your play, please feel free to contact us.

We would only like one play or play excerpt submission per submitter. All manuscripts sent to us should be no longer than 15 pages. If your play is longer than 15 pages that is no problem. Just send us the best 15 pages from your play.

We also ask for this category that you include a brief synopsis (100-150) words that includes a character breakdown in your email.

GRAPHIC NOVELS/COMICS/CARTOON STRIPS

We want to enjoy your graphic novels/comic/cartoon strips blind, so make sure that you do not include your name on the work or file name, but please make sure to include your name in the email.

We want to see the best that you have and therefore, do not have any strict guideline for this category. We are searching for work that is remarkable and pressing boundaries but is not homophobic or racist in any way.

As it comes to a page limit, we recommend that you as an artist should be able to say and illustrate what you want in the amount of space that you need. Therefore, there are no page limits.

OTHER

If your piece does not fit in any of our designated categories, feel free to submit them anyway. And if you have any questions please feel free to contact us at submissions@theparagonjournal.com

PUBLICATION DETAILS

By accepting publication, you grant The Paragon Journal one-time electronic rights. The rights revert back to you after the piece is published, and you are welcome to publish it elsewhere.

By accepting publication, you give us the right to publish the work on theparagonjournal.com. We archive our past issues, so it will appear there, as well. We may run a special edition anthology of our favorite pieces, and will ask for permission if we do so.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your piece is accepted elsewhere, so we can withdraw your piece from The Paragon Journal reading board and congratulation you on a good well done.