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  inside. Submission Guidelines  
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PLEASE NOTE: Due to a backlog submissions will be closed for a while. We'll start accepting them again as soon as we can so please check back.

We seek to publish a broad range of writers, from the new and emerging to the well seasoned. We accept simultaneous submissions with the promise that you will let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Ink & Ashes editors strongly prefer previously unpublished work, however, if you feel your previously published piece warrants our attention, send it to us but let us know where and when it’s been published before. Ink & Ashes does not currently pay contributors. Upon acceptance, Ink & Ashes holds first publication rights to your work with all rights reverting to the author upon publication Please be aware that we keep all published work under consideration for any “best-of” issues.

Life is a multi-sensory experience and we want work that represents that. We seek engaging work that evokes the senses and/or work that has deep or sweeping meaning. Ink & Ashes features poetry, creative non-fiction, personal essays and visual art that details, records, questions, explains, and otherwise beautifully documents and explores the human experience. We understand that’s a wide field to cover so in short if you think your work elicits the senses, please send it. With all submissions, please send a short bio and all your appropriate contact information.

To be considered for publication:

Send work to submissions@inkandashes.com at any time as our submission period is now year round. Expect to hear from us in about 90 days after you submit. Your work will then be slotted into one of our two yearly issues. We publish in April and September. We are currently an online journal with plans to publish a print edition soon.

Send the following as A SINGLE MS WORD ATTACHMENT:
  • Three to five poems
  • One to three essays/non-fiction pieces
  • Your published book for review (no unpublished manuscripts, please email info@inkandashes.com for mailing address)
  • Three to five photos, paintings, drawings, etc. as a jpg. formatted attachment, no larger than 500 x 500 pixels
Please indicate the GENRE of your submission in the subject line of your email.

To be immediately rejected:

Do not follow the above listed guidelines. Also, we do not want and will reject churchy/religious writing or long winded descriptions of your garden or your vacation. We don’t want your DaDa experiment. We simply will not publish it. We also do not publish fiction. Please be familiar with the journal before sending submissions.