At Musing Publications we aim to uplift voices of writers and artists from all backgrounds. Our main goal is to publish works from underrepresented communities - writers/artists that are women, people of color, disabled and LGBTQ+ identifying.
Musing Publications currently has three options for submissions: our quarterly magazine, our monthly newsletter and general manuscript submissions. For more information on specific submissions, please see below.
We ask that all contributors include a short bio about themselves and their work. In order to help our publication run and assist artists the best, we do charge a small fee for submissions to the magazine and for manuscripts. This money goes directly into the press and resources for contributors. If the submission fee is a barrier, please email us and we'd love to still work with you. Submissions for our monthly newsletter are free!
We do accept simultaneous submissions and previously published work!
Please submit your work and submissions fees here. You may need to create a Duotrope account, if you don't already have one, and it's free to create an account. If you need help setting up your account or submitting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The theme of our Spring issue is Bloom & Blossom!
About our theme: Spring is a time for the flourish of creativity. A time to breathe new life into the Earth. A time for us to plant our seeds and begin to grow. Through each season of our lives, we blossom; we bloom. The world may shift all around us, tearing up our soil and roots. Yet, through all of it, we grow. We grow upwards - towards the sunlight that nourishes us and gives us the hope of a new Spring. The theme of Bloom & Blossom is all about the resurgence of life, growth, and the creativity we feel as the days start to get longer and our flowers begin to open up again. We want to hear from you what it means to Bloom & Blossom this Spring.
What we're looking for: We want your poetry, short stories, visual art, photography, essays - any medium you choose to express yourself in is welcome! For poetry submissions, please submit up to three poems. For art or photography, please submit up to five pieces. Short stories should be 2000 words or less and essays should be 1000 words or less. Fees for all submissions to the magazine are $3.
Our magazine is released quarterly, with the Spring issue set to release in March 2023. We are accepting submissions for this quarter's magazine from January 15th-February 20th. All contributors accepted to this edition will receive a free copy of the zine once it has been printed.
*Our 2023 manuscript reading window will be open from January 15th - March 30th. We'll be reading for titles to publish in 2024 and intend to pick up 3-4 manuscripts!*
Poetry & Prose - Please submit work that is 80+ pages, along with a description of your collection and a short author bio. The submission fee for poetry manuscripts is $15
Fiction - Please submit the first three chapters of your manuscript, along with a synopsis (250 words or less) and a short author bio. The submission fee for fiction manuscripts is $20.
If you have a manuscript that doesn't fit into these genres, we're still interested! Please send us an email with a short synopsis (250 words or less) and we will work with you to bring your vision to life. The more out-of-the-box the better! You can email us at email@example.com.
Our newsletter is currently on hiatus but we hope to restart it in mid-2023!
Monthly Musings is a monthly newsletter that is sent out to our email subscribers, as well as included on our online blog! This newsletter aims to publish short works from contributors that includes anything they're musing about currently.!
Poetry, Prose, & Art - Please submit up to three pieces for consideration, as well as a short bio and description of your work.
Flash Fiction & Creative Non-Fiction - Please keep the word count under 800 words and include a bio/description of your work with your submission
We want to see your best work, your most out-there work, work that makes us laugh - really anything you want to send us! Submissions for the newsletter are free, but if you feel so inclined please consider donating to the tip jar. This helps the press run with better resources for contributors!