WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We are looking for serious poetry, literary fiction, and creative non-fiction of a philosophical nature that can dazzle us with its language use.
Poems which evoke an image, and often the quirky ones are preferred. We like word-play a lot. But if there is too much wordplay, do not make it a very long poem. Metaphors bring life to verse, in our opinion. If a poem can create a fabulous image in our mind, and if we can read it till the end, we will choose it. We don’t care about a poem’s form. It just should affect us in a way that others can’t.
Short fiction can be of any genre, but they should not exceed 7,000 words. We are looking for inspiration fables, ghostly fables, fairy fables, and science-fiction. Something which is out of the ordinary. We want to read something dreamy. There are millions of stories out there, and millions of copies of those stories. We would love to harbor more of Science Fiction and Fantasy Fiction from South Asia.
The plot is less important to us than the writing style. NO PLOT IS UNIQUE ANYWAY. You are all writers. Deep inside, you are well aware of that.
As for non-fiction essays, if you can explain a philosophical idea (Aristotle, Nietzsche, Camus), well and good. But examples are important. The length can be anything between 1500 and 5000 words. It need not be a very densely researched article, but it should speak something very concrete. We are not looking for something topical. Something which can be read by a person of any nationality is preferred. Personal reflections on philosophical topics are the best.
The review should not exceed 2500 words. A creative review is preferred. We are always looking to know more about books. Book reviews of classics are most welcome, as much as new books on the market. We are actually looking for commentaries. On great books, on great poems, or art pieces.
HOW TO SUBMIT (VIA Email)
· To submit, email us at submit [dot] litimp [at] gmail [dot] com
· Submissions open all year round.
· We publish four times a year, according to the following schedule:
ISSUE SUB. PERIOD LIVE
WINTER Sep 2 — Nov 15 Dec 1
SPRING Dec 2 — Feb15 Mar 1
SUMMER Mar 2 — May 15 June 1
FALL Jun 2 — Aug 15 Sep 1
· But our submission often close much before that. So do check our TWITTER page to know if the submissions are open.
· We also organize various theme-based issues which can be found in the section “New and Upcoming”.
· Do not copy-paste your submission in the email. We won’t read it.
· Send us a Microsoft Word (Docx) file with specifications of Arial, 12 pt. font, in single-spaced paragraphs with right-aligned text. As an attachment.
· Write Genre — SubmissionTitle in the subject of the email
· Name the attachment as Genre_SubmissionTitle
· Choose one of these genre-words: Poetry, Fiction, Essay, PhotoEssay, ScienceFiction.
· Send only one prose piece or maximum of three poems in one submission.
· An author’s note of two-three lines beneath the poem always helps. Poems are very private emotions. Context enriches the experience.
· Every piece should be a different Docx attachment.
· Simultaneous submissions are accepted. But please let us know if it gets accepted elsewhere as soon as possible.
· In the body of the email, DO NOT write anything about you, your age, your education qualifications, nationality , or the number of awards you have won. We do not want to know your profile. Only your submitted piece.
· Give us at least eight weeks to review and respond. If you do not get a response in eight weeks, it means that we were unable to take up your piece.
· Submitting to “Literary Impulse” means giving us first electronic rights and non-exclusive archival rights. All rights revert to the creator after publication. Please credit us if your work is published again elsewhere.
· We do not pay our writers for now.
HOW TO SUBMIT (VIA Medium)
- We do not seek to publish every day.
- Three pieces are published every alternate Friday.
- If there are not enough entries, we might publish less. If we are affected by more pieces than we can publish, we’ll put them in a wait listing pile, which will be published next Friday.
- Selection for Medium publication is less rigorous than that of the journal. When your piece is selected for Medium, it automatically goes into the consideration list of journal issues.
- If we select your piece, we will ask you to remove your piece from Medium. So, you will have the option of either going for the journal or Medium publication. Minor edits will be suggested before the pieces go LIVE on the journal.
- We do not do listicles, and we are not after self-help articles either. Medium seems to be already full of them. Not that we want to bring about a change in the ecology of Medium. We believe that everything under the sun has its value.
- Remember, if we do not accept your piece, it’s just because we weren’t in that particular frame of mine, in which your piece could dazzle us. If it has grammatical errors, it won’t dazzle us at all. We don’t believe in editing others’ works unless there are avoidable spelling errors. So please, take your time before submitting something. We will also take our sweet time in reviewing it.
- We believe in being slow.
To enroll yourself as a writer on Medium
- Follow the publication,
- And comment on this story with your email id. We will add you.
- And yes, an important point: we don’t care if you are or not enrolled in the Medium Partner program. If you write well, we are more than happy to have you with us.
- After you are added as a contributor, submit your unpublished draft for review. Give us at least 3 days to reply. We will let you know if it is accepted.
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Content rights & responsibilities
(Last updated: 20/05/2020)
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