How to Submit

We carefully consider individual and collaborative work from all authors and artists, and those who submit do not need an affiliation with Illinois State University to be considered for publication.

To submit your work to Euphemism, please email your submission to euphemism@ilstu.edu using the following guidelines:

  • Subject line: submission, month, year (e.g. Submission September 2018).
  • Attach your work in .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .png, .jpg, .gif, .mp3, .wmv, and .mov formats. Please do not paste your submission in the body of the email. We prefer all written submissions to be in Microsoft Word.
  • Title each attachment according to genre (e.g. Poetry 1, Poetry 2, Fiction 1, Nonfiction 1, Art 1).
  • Make sure your name and e-mail address are clearly indicated in the body of your e-mail.
  • Please list titles for your work in the body of your email (e.g. Poetry 1 "The Road Not Taken").
*Because we follow a blind review process, please remove your name and contact information from all attachments.

Euphemism publishes two issues per academic year (Fall/Spring) and has two reading periods (typically from August to mid-October and from January to mid-March). We accept submissions year-round, but summer submissions may not receive a receipt confirmation until August.

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 typographical errors.

Publication Rights: As a small journal, we don't claim first publication rights on work we publish. However, other journals may refuse to publish your work if it has been previously published.

Poetry:

  • poems that utilize non-standard white space (concrete poetry for example) can be sent in .pdf

Short Fiction:

  • up to 6,000 words, double spaced

Nonfiction:

  • includes essays and creative nonfiction
  • up to 6,000 words, double spaced

Visual Art:

  • prefer .png, but will accept .jpg and .gif formats
  • visual must be at least 500 pixels wide

Spoken Word/Sound Installation:

  • send submissions as .mp3 files

Original Music:

  • send submissions as .mp3 files
  • original (non copyrighted) songs only
  • 12-minute limit per submission

Video:

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

Comics/Sequential Art/Graphic Narrative:

  • submissions in .jpg or .pdf format are preferred