October 19, 2014

Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

The Mondegreen will publish poetry, fiction, and essays about literature, art, film, and probably the Food Network and college football alongside interviews, reviews, and you know what, whatever else we want. We’re always searching for work by writers whose voices are underrepresented in the literary community including POC, immigrants, writers of any/all sexual orientations and from across the gender spectrum, and people with disabilities.

The Mondegreen takes first North American serial rights; copyright reverts back to author upon publication. We don’t accept previously published works, nor do we accept multiple submissions, but simultaneous submissions are encouraged. Please don’t submit work through email; all submissions should be sent through our submission manager.


POETRY (Issue)

Send us your newest, weirdest, I’m-not-sure-where-this-belongs, I’ve-been-working-on-a-thing pieces. We want to see the kind of work that makes your stomach flutter when you submit it because you’re so excited to see it born into the universe. We love poems that are interconnected conceptually, poems that you can’t stop thinking about, and poems that do their best to change the culture.

That all being said, send 3-5 poems, not exceeding 15 pages.


We want to see fiction that stretches the meaning of the word. Send us your fragmented, genre-bending, essayistic, poetic, multi-layered, challenging fiction. We don’t want weird for the sake of weird; we do want work that creates its own rules, and follows them. We want the thing you’ve been hiding in your basement because it’s too strange to see the light of day. You be Frankenstein; send us your monsters.

A couple of important details:

No formal length requirements, but we’d have to fall deeply in love to publish work much longer than 5,000 words.

If you’re submitting short fiction < 1000 words, you can include up to 3 pieces, each with its own title, in one document.

I offer the following to help our beloved submitters know what I’d love to see in our virtual queue:

  • Stories that are stylistically and/or formally innovative, but not in a forced or contrived manner. In other words–the form works in harmony with the content.
  • Stories whose subject matter is unusual, peculiar, fresh (i.e. stories about fascinating things that are not breakups, death, or bereaved owners of deceased pets).
  • Stories that tackle familiar subject matter in new and surprising ways.
  • Well-crafted sentences. Beautiful sentences. Like these.

NONFICTION (Issue and Website)

Lyric essay, creative nonfiction, memoir. We want your prose about reality as you experience it. We want to be blown away by your language, but that won’t be enough if you don’t have anything to say. Pop cultural, political, workaday, we want work that expands our definition of what non-fiction is and can be.

No formal length requirements, but we’re unlikely to publish anything above 5,000 words that doesn’t earn every word of its length.

If you are submitting flash CNF (under 1,000 words), you may submit up to 3 pieces at once, each with their own title, in a single document.


We do look first for book reviews and author interviews, but are interested in more than just that.

We’ll accept reviews of books, films, albums, art exhibits, Real Housewives franchises, left versus right ears of childhood pets, fast food breakfast menus, online fetish communities, and so on, forever.

We’ll accept interviews with poets, fiction writers, actors, musicians, artists, nieces upon completion of their first day of pre-school, NFL referees (preferred: Ed Hochuli), handsome/beautiful strangers you need an excuse to speak to, interrogations of the self, and so on, also forever.

Reviews should be no more than 1,500 words in length.


We don’t know precisely what we want here, only that we want a lot of it. Found items, non-artistic words repurposed as art. A letter you wrote as a child that embarrasses you now. A cryptic shopping list that you found outside on the sidewalk. Drawings of spaceships that you made while under the influence of [REDACTED].

Submit a scan or transcription of the work and a brief explanation of what it is.


Though our “issues” will update on a schedule, we’re always looking for stuff to put on the blog. Send us whatever you want to send us. Literally, whatever you want to send us. So, for example, if you want to submit something for an installment of #FanFicFriday, please please do that, we want so badly for you to do that, and for you to do it in this category.

If you have thoughts about a topical news story, or an argument for your cat being the softest of all cats. If you can’t hold silent anymore about the failed experiment of 90 Day Fiance, or if you won’t hear it slandered, not once more. If you have an annotated timelines of a comment thread meltdown.

If you wrote a song, made a video, drew or designed something transcendent or grotesque or funny — this right here is your spot.

No limits on anything — genre, format, length. If we like it and can figure out how to get it online, we want it.


We stole this idea wholesale from NANO Fiction. We want to be clear that submitting through the Tip Jar category will not increase your chances of being published here. 

Reading fees suck. You’re just getting by, and so are we, and we get it. But if you want to give a little bit to support some folks spending time in the service of publishing good work, this is the place. And if you’re broke or you just don’t want to participate in a reading fee system on principle, then SOLIDARITY, BROTHER/SISTER.

Submit work for any category in the Tip Jar; follow the guidelines for the specific category.

TO REITERATE: We do not accept emailed submissions. All work should be sent via our submission manager.