Thursday, April 7, 2016

Emanations VI: Call for Submissions

International Authors and the editors of Emanations are happy to announce a Call for Submissions:

Emanations: VI

Emanations is an anthology series featuring fiction, poetry, essays, manifestos and reviews. The emphasis is on alternative narrative structures, new epistemologies, peculiar settings, esoteric themes, sharp breaks from reality, ecstatic revelations, and vivid and abundant hallucinations.

The editors are interested in literary writing. The special emphasis in Emanations VI is fiction and poetry with a strong sense of "other place", and "unworldly" ways of seeing, feeling, and describing. Recognizable genres—science fiction, fantasy, horror, political dystopia, satire, mystery, local color, romance, realism, surrealism, postmodernism--are fine, but the chief idea is to make something new, and along these lines the illusion of something new can be just as important. 

If a story or poem makes someone say, "Yes, it is good. But what is it?" then it is right for Emanations.

Essays should be exuberant, daring, and free of pedantry. Accounts of unusual travels will fit well into Emanations VI.  Length is a consideration in making publication decisions, but in keeping with the spirit of the project contributors should consider length to be “open.”

Our editorial vision is evolving. Contributors should see themselves as actively shaping the "vision" of Emanations.

Send files with brief cover note to:

Review of Submissions begins September 1, 2016

Contributors should place their name in the subject heading, and they should include their name and contact information in the submitted file. 

Emanations is a not-for-profit literary project and contributors cannot be compensated at
this time. All proceeds from the sale of Emanations will support the efforts of International Authors to publish new voices from around the world. Contributors receive a copy upon publication.

Please post questions, suggestions and ideas. The project is a collaborative effort, and as we share ideas the "vision" transforms, evolves, and grows. When we write stories and poems we hope to bring to bear the entire battery of modern and postmodern literary devices. More simply: we like good, strong writing. Our essays are incisive, precise, keen, challenging, and driven by the writer's desire to advance an intelligent audience's understanding of important subjects.

The Fine Print:

1) Submit files as follows: double space, Microsoft Word, Times New Roman size #11.  Set Tabs for .2" and set spacing at 15. Use smart quotes. This will help reduce the workload as the editors format book for publication.

2) No simultaneous submissions (contributors should get fairly quick feedback anyway, especially if their submission meets our needs). Material that is obviously pulled from a file and has nothing to do with the goals of the anthology won't get any feedback beyond the initial acknowledgement.

3) Word count/line count? See details above. We're flexible, but contributors should be sensible when considering what they send in. A novella? Well, maybe, and so on.... Rules of thumb: a) Stories: very short to 20-30 pages. b) Poems: send in 5-10 pages. c) Essays: 5-10-30 pages.

4) Published as hard copy only—Emanations will be available on Amazon. Participants who make a substantial contribution of material, editorial work, or art will get a copy. It can take some time to get copies to contributors outside of North America. In the case of our first anthology, for example, it took forty-five days to get a copy to a contributor in to Nepal.

5) In the past, International Authors has made it possible for contributors to purchases copies “at cost” using coupon codes, and so on. International Authors is a consortium, and as such every contributor is a “member” or our community, and contributors are encouraged to help promote the anthology by sending review copies to newspapers, journals and relevant Web sites.

6) Copyright "reverts" to contributors upon publication. That is, after a piece appears in Emanations, the contributor can seek to publish their piece elsewhere. Contributors should understand that Emanations will remain for sale on Amazon indefinitely. All materials appearing in Emanations are under the exclusive copyright of the contributing writers and artists.

7) Note to poets: Please do not send poems as individual files. All poetry submissions should be sent as a SINGLE MircosoftWord file formatted in Times New Roman, size 11.  Please submit three to ten pages.

Published By International Authors
Board of Editorial Advisors

Ruud Antonius, Netherlands/UK/Spain
Steve Aylett, UK
Joolz Barry, UK
Holly Baumgartner, US
Cedric Cester, Spain
Sushma Joshi, Nepal
Devashish Makhija, India
C. E. Matthews, N. Ireland
Aziz Mustafa, Kosovo
Michael Moorcock, US/UK
Elkie Riches, UK
Dario Rivarossa, Italy
Stephen Sylvester, US
Don Tinsley, US
Hayden Westfield-Bell, UK


  1. 1. hi..can I post a series of poems with accompanying sketches that replace image, symbols or metaphors?

    2. may I submit poems as well as fictions?

    3. would you consider a radio or
    stage play?

  2. 1. "Post" here? Erm... This page is not an art gallery... ? Sorry.

    2. Yes.

    3. Maybe.

  3. brain engaged...congrats on this continuing project

  4. A brain engaged is a good thing!

    Emphasis on the following:

    The editors are interested in literary writing. The special emphasis in Emanations VI is fiction and poetry with a strong sense of "other place", and "unworldly" ways of seeing, feeling, and describing.

    If a story or poem makes someone say, "Yes, it is good. But what is it?" then it is right for Emanations.

  5. Hello,

    Yesterday I submitted work to other publications that I truly feel would serve as a much better fit for yours, so I'm wondering more about your reasons for disallowing simultaneous submissions. Might you accept simultaneous (or near-simultaneous) submitting in this case?

    That said, I harbor the utmost respect for your editorial judgment and only ask because your call for submissions resonates with me.