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Euphemism 13.1 Fall 2017

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Submission Guidelines:

We publish two issues per academic year (November/April) and have two reading periods (typically from August to mid-October and from January to mid-March).


We carefully consider individual and collaborative work from all writers who send submissions.


We accept virtually all forms of creative arts including:

  • poetry
  • fiction
  • nonfiction
  • photograph
  • spoken word poetry
  • music
  • sound installations
  • video submissions
  • comics


and many other artistic genres.


Please proofread any work you submit. Although we do our best to maintain the integrity of experimental work, Euphemism reserves the right to fix any obvious typos.


In order to be considered for publication, please send your work to

  • Subject line: submission, month, year (e.g. Submission September 2017).
  • Attach your work in .rtf, .jpg .mp3, .png, .gif, .wmv, .pdf and .mov formats. Please do not paste your submission in the body of the email.
  • Because we follow a blind review process, please remove your name from all attachments.
  • Title each attachment according to genre (e.g. Poetry 1, Poetry 2, Fiction 1, Nonfiction 1).
  • Make sure your name and e-mail address are clearly indicated in the body of your e-mail.
  • Please provide titles for your work.
  • If your work is accepted, we will contact you via e-mail and request an author's statement.


Publication Rights: As a small journal, we don't claim any sort of first publication rights on work we publish. However, other journals may refuse to publish your work if they know you've already had it published in Euphemism.


Note: If you are an ISU student who is having difficulty sending from your campus ilstu account, please resend from a gmail, yahoo or other account.



  • 3 poem maximum
  • poems that utilize non-standard white space (concrete poetry for example) can be sent in .pdf
  • we do accept original translations


Short Fiction:

  • up to 5,000 words, double spaced
  • 2 submission limit
  • we do accept original translations



  • includes essays and creative nonfiction
  • Up to 5,000 words, double spaced
  • 2 submission limit
  • we do accept original translations


Visual Art:

  • send in .jpeg, .gif or .png format
  • visual must be 500 pixels wide
  • picture quality must be medium
  • must have descriptive file name
  • 5 image maximum


Spoken Word/Sound Installation:

  • send submissions in .mp3 files
  • 2 submission limit


Original Music:

  • send submissions in .mp3 files
  • original (non copyrighted) songs only
  • 5 minute limit on each submission
  • 3 submission limit
  • will also accept scores for original compositions in addition to .mp3 files.



  • includes video poems, flash poetry, cinepoems, experimental video, short documentaries and other films
  • submissions in .wmv or .mov formats
  • no copyrighted material (songs, images)
  • 5 minute limit on each submission
  • must be exportable for web viewing
  • 3 submission limit


Comics/Sequential Art/Graphic Narrative:

  • submissions in .jpg or .pdf format are preferred
  • 3 submission limit


Euphemism Campus Box 4240 Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-4240