We accept submissions here for White Knuckle, our series of prose poetry chapbooks; Unbroken Journal, a quarterly journal of prose poetry; and Unlost, a quarterly journal of found poetry and art. Select which publication to which you are submitting below. Thanks!
Unbroken Journal became part of White Knuckle Press/Right Hand Pointing in 2018. It was founded by R.L. Black.
Unbroken is a quarterly online journal that seeks to showcase prose poems, poetic prose and haibun, both from established and emerging voices. We desire to give the block, the paragraph, the unlineated prose, a new place to play.
WHAT TO SUBMIT:
We seek prose poems and poetic prose. (We do not publish lined poetry.) Both traditional and innovative works are welcome. We want dark and disquieting, we want fanciful and funny, we want surreal and surprising. We want stunning and unusual imagery, and language that compels.
The editors of Unbroken seek poetic prose and prose poems that transcend the boundaries of conventional story-telling. Of course, we believe that submissions should be coherent and intelligible, but also that coherence can be achieved through style, tone, imagery, and even transgressive methods. Linear narratives with predictable situations and language will be discounted. We want prose that smolders in the ditch.
To get some idea of the kind of content we like, check out current and past issues or read our interview with Jim Harrington.
Please read these carefully even if you submitted to us before.
We do not accept previously published works (including self-publishing and blogs), or multiple submissions. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
We do not have a rigid word limit, but we tend to favor shorter, punchier pieces. If you send us something that’s more than 500 words, it really needs to knock our socks off.
Cover letters are not essential, but please provide a brief (around 35 words) third-person bio in your email. We reserve the right to edit bios.
NO ATTACHMENTS / FORMATTING:.
Any work sent to us with crazy formatting is likely to be rejected without being read. Browse some of the published pieces in the journal to get an idea of our house style, and then format your submission in a similar manner. Do not supply line breaks. We are looking for blocks of text. No necessarily opposed to paragraph breaks, but will almost always prefer the single block of text.
If your work is accepted, we may fix at our discretion minor grammatical problems. For anything more involved, you will be contacted for clarification. We are unable to provide feedback on work we do not accept.
If your work is accepted, you agree to give Unbroken Journal first serial electronic rights to your work and nonexclusive electronic and print rights in perpetuity. This means we can archive your work on our website indefinitely and include it in potential future publications and anthologies. Otherwise, all rights revert to the author upon publication.
If you publish the work elsewhere in the future, we ask that credit be given to Unbroken Journal for first publication.
We cannot pay our contributors at this time. We do, however, promote our authors on social media and we usually nominate for The Pushcart and the Best of the Net anthology.
Follow us on Twitter for updates @unbrokenjournal
Unlost Journal became part of White Knuckle Press/Right Hand Pointing in 2018. It was founded by R.L. Black.
What We Want
We’re looking for found writing that first of all adheres to The Center for Media and Social Impact’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry. This means you’ve found something within a source text that is a new work, not just borrowed the existing copyrighted material. Think of it like this: remember how when you were a kid you would look up at the sky and pick animals and characters and objects out of the clouds? You didn’t just see the cloud, you saw something new, something no one else had ever seen. That’s what we want. Your found writing should not look like its source text. Beyond that, we want work that shocks us, surprises us, moves us, makes us sigh. We also like it when your work comes from interesting or intriguing sources. And we’re not really into poems that rhyme. We also love visual art pieces. If you can incorporate found writing and art, we would love to see it.
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet wields his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different from that from which it was torn.~ T. S. Eliot
We do not publish writing that is not found writing.
We prefer previously unpublished work, but will consider reprints. Be sure to mention when you submit if your work is previously published.
We do accept simultaneous submissions, just please let us know ASAP if the work is accepted elsewhere.
Since found poems are the literary version of a collage, we are also interested in showcasing collage art pieces on our website. If you have anything you’d like us to consider, please send it to Dale at email@example.com, with UNLOST ART in the subject line.
How to Submit
If you are able, cut and paste the content of your submission (up to 4 pieces) in the box provided. If not, send up to four pieces in one document, with the author name in the document, as well as a title above each piece.
Double check to make sure you cite your source text. Work that has no source text cited will not be considered. We’d also like to know your method for crafting your found writing. We consider your method a part of your work, so drop us a note about that, as well. This will be published along with your work.
Please include a brief (35 words or so), third person bio that will accompany your work. Please do not include live links in your bio.
Payment and Rights
We cannot offer payment to our poets at this time, but we will do our best to promote your work.
UnLost acquires worldwide First Serial Electronic Rights and Nonexclusive Archival Electronic Rights, so that we may continue to archive your work. All submissions remain foremost the intellectual property of the author and rights revert to the author upon publication in UnLost. Any future publishers of works that first appear in this venue must credit UnLost for first publication.
We aim to respond to submissions within one month. If it has been longer than two months, shoot us an email with “Query” in the subject line.
In July 2018, Howie Good and Dale Wisely became editors of Unbroken (www.unbrokenjournal.com), a quarterly journal of prose poetry along with its sister publication, Unlost (found poetry.) As a result, we have decided to make the White Knuckle chapbook series invitation-only.
We encourage you to submit your work to Unbroken. We'll be on the look-out for authors whose work we want to solicit for a WKP chapbook. Also, if your work is accepted into at least two issues of Unbroken, you will be welcome to inquire about a possible chapbook submission. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital chapbooks of prose poems. White Knuckle is our series of digital chapbooks, brought to you by some of the people behind Right Hand Pointing.
We seek chapbook manuscripts of 10-12 prose poems, typically no longer than 101 words each, for digital publication.
Manuscripts should be submitted as either a Word (.doc) file or a rich text file (.rtf) attached to an e-mail that serves as your cover letter. Do not send a .pdf file. Be sure to provide contact information.
The manuscript should contain a title page, a table of contents, and a brief author's bio. It should also include a statement of artistic or writing philosophy. If your manuscript is accepted for publication, this will serve as the introduction. Each prose poem should be on its own separate page. It isn't necessary for the prose poems to form a series or sequence, but a common theme or style or structure would be a plus. We would prefer prose poems that are previously unpublished. If any of the poems have been published, include an acknowledgment page with the manuscript. Please don't send manuscripts unless most of the poems are unpublished. Our definition of prose poem leans more toward poetry than prose. We appreciate energy, daring, humor (particularly of the black or ironic kind), and freshness. We admire the prose poems of Rimbaud, Elke Erb, Russell Edson, and Charles Simic.
For us, prose poems do not include line breaks. We say that because we get a number of submissions of poems with line breaks. We don't consider those for this publication.
NOTE: We have received a number of submissions of poems which aren't prose poems. We're only looking for prose poems.
We gotta fever, and the only cure is prose poems.
If we offer to publish your work, we reserve the right to set some conditions. For example, we occasionally suggest new titles. We will consult and collaborate with the author on the title and the design, but we reserve the right to make the final decision regarding these. In the event that an author finds the title and design unacceptable, he or she may withdraw his or her work at any time. That said, our goal is always to end up with a presentation of your work that makes you proud.
We announce digital chapbooks via the Right Hand Pointing/White Knuckle email list. Subscribe here. We'll also post it on our Facebook pages.