Submissions for Four Chambers are currently closed.
Submissions for Four Chambers 05 will open in late summer or early fall of 2016.
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We’re a community literary magazine. We don’t limit or restrict ourselves to certain genres or styles. We don’t have a specific aesthetic or agenda. We want to find something for everybody, we’re trying to give people a space for publication where there might not be, and we want to assemble an eclectic collection of literary work.
We have our own particular tastes and ideas about what makes for good work, sure, but we’re open-minded, we like being surprised by new things, and most of the time we don’t even know what good work looks like until someone waves it in front of our face. (Also, we use a board of editors, rather than individuals, so each piece is determined by consensus rather than specific taste).
So while we could say lots of things about the kind of work we’re looking for–and obviously recommend buying a magazine or reading some of the work we’ve released online–we would just be saying things, we can’t say anything about a piece of work until we actually read it, and at the end of the day we’re simply looking for good work, whatever that means, in all and any of its forms (and we hope it belongs to you).
You may submit up to five (5) poems and/or three (3) prose works per issue for a possible maximum of 8 submissions. Poetry should be under 200 lines, prose should be under 5000 words.
If you could please make sure that your work is:
- double spaced
- in 12pt Times New Roman
- paginated (in the footer, right justified)
- with 1″ margins
- contains no identifying information anywhere within the document
- and saved as an .odt, .docx, or .doc
- with the file name “[Your Last Name]_[Title of Piece]”
that would save us a lot of time formatting and generally be great. Poetry is exempt from the spacing requirement. We would really appreciate it if you used one space after periods, as opposed to two, but when we say that out loud to ourselves we sound insane. Apart from this, format your work as it is intended to be read.
Please also note that, while we know this is terribly annoying, we do not accept packet submissions (in order to more accurately reflect our editorial process). Each work must be submitted individually, in its own file–one piece per file, one file per submission–as its own separate submission. We reserve the right to reject or withdraw any submission received as a packet.
Please also note that Four Chambers only accepts submissions through Submittable (and no other channel).
Simultaneous submissions are okay.
Also: while we’re actively engaged in events and programming and are generally passionate about our city, our communities are larger than our locations, this is just where we live, and you do not have to be from Phoenix to submit.
As Four Chambers takes First North American Serial Rights, submitted work should be previously unpublished. This being said, we have been known to be flexible (and handle everything on a case by case basis). If your work has been previously published and you still wish to submit it, please send us an e-mail to begin the conversation. All other rights revert to the author upon publication.
III. AWARDS & COMPENSATION
Each issue, Four Chambers will present one piece with a $100 prize. We also have an additional $100 prize pool to award at our discretion. We will also select certain pieces to be illustrated by local artists.
There are no submission fees.
Please also note that contributors will receive one copy of the magazine (though, needless to say, we’re working to increase this in the future).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 have editorial meetings on the 4th Sunday of each month and, as such, we should be able to respond to the majority of submissions within 6 to 8 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 04 will be published in Fall 2016.
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