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The Muscaliet is a hybrid animal and, true to our name, we are looking for creative writing which crosses boundaries, working across different disciplines, genres, forms, subject matter, and imagery. Submitted work should align at least to some extent with these principles.
If your work is accepted, you will belong to a vibrant, growing network of writers producing innovative and nuanced creative writing.
Our editorial panel will review all submissions and we will respond to you, usually after the close of the submissions window. We are looking for finished work which has not been published before in its entirety, but we will consider submissions from which exerpts have appeared in a magazine or journal. Please do not send us work which is being considered simultaneously elsewhere. We are not able to accept any submissions outside the stated period. All decisions taken by the Editor are final.
To find out if your work is likely to be what we are looking for, and for directions on how to submit it, please read the guidelines below:
We will consider short collections/pamphlets of 25-40 A4 pages, an equivalent length long poem or poem sequence. These guidelines apply equally to prose poetry and to collections which include a mix of genres.
The work can be by more than one author, provided it is a demonstrable partnership. We will look for a clear, coherent vision that becomes evident through the body of the work as a whole. Pieces should have some relation to one another, however oblique, or even negative, and be in keeping with the thematic trajectory of the collection.
Submissions of short fiction – including collections of very short pieces – should total no more than 15,000 words in length. Only in very specific cases will we consider manuscripts of greater length. We are looking for writing which is innovative, tending towards the experimental. This might mean, for example, a movement across or between forms, or a treatment of interrelated themes.
We will consider essays, memoir, travelogues, nature writing and other writing that is not necessarily classed as fiction.
Submissions of creative nonfiction – including collections of essays or other short pieces – should total no more than 15,000 words in length. Only in very specific cases will we consider manuscripts of greater length. As with other submissions, we are looking for writing which is innovative, tending towards the experimental. This might mean, for instance, that your discussion moves beyond academic discourse into a more fluid narrative approach, or that it takes on various but interrelated themes.
We will not consider writing which is deliberately antagonistic, or controversial writing that might be considered offensive to others.
Please ensure that your work is properly cited using MHRA (preferable) or another established system of citation, and includes a bibliography.
We welcome translations in any of the above modes of writing, but it will be the responsibility of the translator to obtain the necessary permissions from the publisher of the original work, and to pay any fees.
How to Submit
Please send submissions by email; we are not able to accept postal submissions. Our submissions email address is:
Manuscripts should be submitted as Word documents, double-spaced and in 12pt Times New Roman font (unless different fonts are used for a specific purpose which should be made evident). They should be paginated, with your name and email address in the header or footer. Please also attach a cover sheet that contains your name, email address, a list of contents, a short biography of no more than 50 words and a 150-300 word description of the vision and methodology of your work. If excerpts of your work have been published elsewhere (in a reputable journal or magazine) please include the full citation of the publication and any other details relating to this.