Submissions for Four Chambers are open!
Four Chambers 05
Open Monday, September 19th, 2016 through Sunday, April 30th, 2017
To access our submissions portal, click here.
Four Chambers is an independent community literary magazine based in Phoenix, AZ that is looking to publish contemporary literature. While this can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, one of the things we take this to mean that your work is personally, socially, and culturally engaged with the world around you (and particularly the thoughts and literature produced thereby).
One of the other things we take this to mean is that we are not interested in traditional forms, nor are we interested in pure experimentation. For us, a work needs to be more than something formal. We’re looking for rich, dynamic, multi-layered work, with a broad range of emotion, strong voice, originality, clear intentionality, inventive language, complexity, and a solid grasp of mechanics and craft. For us, the most important things are honesty, thoughtfulness, content and meaning. We want it to contribute to some kind of larger discourse; we want it to get to something human and deep.
All of these things being said, we’re not trying to hem ourselves in to a particular aesthetic, style or agenda. We might ask you to take a look at some of the work we’ve published and see if your work fits in with us. Then again, we might also ask you to send us something completely different. We have to actually read something before we can make a decision about it. What we’re really trying to say, we guess, is that we’re interested in you.
Sometimes we find ourselves quite impressed with people’s resumes—you should see some of these people’s resumes, they’re quite impressive—but ultimately it doesn’t matter to us where or when you’ve been published before, if even at all. Four Chambers loves discovering people—we love being people’s firsts—and we love when those people go on to achieve great things. (Even better, when they already have.) We are serious about what we do. Sometimes some of us wear button-down shirts. But we are a grassroots, community organization. We are not a formal journal.
At the end of the day, we don’t want Four Chambers to be just another notch on your belt, another place you’ve published work. We want Four Chambers to be a place of exchange, a place of celebration, a place where people can get a chance to share what they’ve been working on with their friends, their families, the public, and their peers. We want to feel something with you, even if it’s just for a moment, even if it’s transitory and fleeting. Think about it. We’re Four Chambers. We’re a heart. We love literature. We love community. We’re trying to build something. Send us your work.
One last thing. Four Chambers loves local authors. It’s true. When you publish local, we believe that you receive the added value of developing additional relationships with people who live around you. We’re passionate about our city. It’s a beautiful thing. But our loves knows no borders. We come from everywhere. We’re citizens of the world. And whoever you are, wherever you may be, we want you to submit.
Four Chambers accepts submissions through Submittable (and no other channel).
To have your work considered for publication in Four Chambers, we ask that you submit up to three (3) poems and/or 5000 words of prose. While we ask that you make no more than one submission in each category during each submissions period, you may submit work in both categories if you so desire (for a grand total of up to two submissions each submissions period)
Please send your work in a single file (as a packet submission). As we try to read blind, no identifying information should be contained in the document. In addition, please make sure that each individual work is separated by a page break, and clearly identifiable with a title / as a new work. Save your doument as an .odt, .docx or .doc with the file name “FC 05 [Your Last Name]”, e.g. “FC 05 Smith”.
As far as formatting is concerned, work should follow the generally established habits of formatting—double spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman, paginated in the footer (right justified), with 1” margins. Beyond this, format your work as it is intended to be read. If you are submitting poems, do not worry about the spacing.
We would also ask that you use one space after periods instead of two—and, futhermore, that you do not manually indent new paragraphs, instead using the appropriate function in the paragraph menu—but doing so makes us sound a little insane.
Please note that simultaneous submissions are okay. Please note that Four Chambers does not accept previously published work (though we have been known to be flexible depending on the case).
Four Chambers takes what are known as limited first North American Serial Rights, which effectively grants us the right to publish your work (a) in our issue and (b) online if we so choose. All other rights revert to the author upon publication.
III. AWARDS & COMPENSATION
Four Chambers publishes out of love, not money, and while we absolutely believe that artists should be compensated for their work and are doing everything we can to figure out how to get to a place where this can be the case in regards to our journal, right now we do not have any, we are still getting there, and there is no payment or prizes for work in Four Chambers at this point in time. Contributors will receive one copy of the magazine.
There are no submission fees.
CONFIRMATION: Successfully submitted work will receive a short confirmation e-mail (which, while admittedly generic, is from our heart). If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, try again. And again. And again. If you are still having problems, send us an e-mail (email@example.com).
PROCESS: All submissions are screened before being passed on to our associate editors (each of whom reads the entire piece, votes yes or no, scores it, and leaves a note). Work that receives two votes no is reviewed by the managing editor. Work that receives two votes yes is passed up to the editorial board who–through a relatively uninteresting process of scoring, distribution, and discussion–collaboratively decide what can be published within the given issue of the magazine.
RESPONSE TIME: While individual response times will necessarily vary, we should be able to respond to the majority of submissions within 8 to 12 weeks.
While we will let you know if/when your work has completed the submissions process and entered the editorial process, if you have any questions about your work please send us an e-mail and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
PUBLICATION DATE: Four Chambers 05 will be published in Fall 2017.
V. THANK YOU SO MUCH
Seriously. We deeply appreciate the fact that you are considering our humble publication as a home for your work (let alone that you have taken the time to write something), the only reason we started doing this was to read more of each other’s work, and we look forward to reading yours. Clicking the following link will take you to our Submissions Manager. Again, thank you so much.
-Four Chambers Press