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Euphemism 12.2 Spring 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 poetry, fiction, and nonfiction work, as well as photography, 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. We do have several editors who are happy to work with writers who would appreciate an extra editorial eye.


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. If you'd like to have a piece removed from our site for any reason, we're happy to oblige. While we can remove links to your work immediately, reference to your work may appear in Google searches for a few months. Unfortunately, we can't control this. Know also that we shut down our office every summer from May through July.


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


We also accept reviews for publication on our website:


Essay Reviews:

  • should not exceed 1000 words
  • should focus on readings, plays, films, concerts and other events relevant to local artistic community
  • should provide necessary description, analysis, and contextulization of event


Yelling About Books!

Yelling About Books! is a positive forum for book recommendations by (and for) people who love reading. We want you to help us introduce some great books to our audience. If you've read a book that you feel the world should know more about, here's a chance to get your voice heard! We encourage recommendations in all genres--from classics to genre fiction to more contemporary work, as well as nonfiction books and books of poetry. Accepted submissions will be posted on our facebook page and website.

  • 150-250-word limit
  • submissions in .doc, .docx, or .rtf formats
  • brief summary including why you recommend it--no spoilers, please!
  • please provide your name as well as publication information for the book you're recommending (author, title of work, publication date, etc.)


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