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Submissions Call: Channel Magazine

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Submissions Deadline: 31st July 2020

Channel is Ireland’s new environmentalist literary magazine, publishing poetry and prose that fosters connection with the natural world.

We believe that humanity’s disengagement from the natural world is one of the great losses of our time, and in the onslaught of climate change we see that disengagement reaching its inevitable conclusion. If Ireland’s history of myths and stories woven from the landscape shows anything, though, it’s that the literary arts have a part to play in rebuilding our relationship with nature.

Our goal at Channel is to provide a space for literary work that fosters re-connection with the natural world. We publish work from Ireland and abroad that displays and celebrates the relationships between plant and animal life, landscape and humanity.

We want words that act as a path, a safe passage wide enough for ideas to flow through. We want words that join human beings and our habitats together.

We are now inviting submissions across all forms for Issue 3, and will be accepting fiction and poetry until 31 July. Essay submissions, which will be considered for online publication as well as for future print issues, are accepted ongoingly.

What We Publish
We publish new, previously unpublished work that engages with the natural world. We have a particular interest in work which encourages reflection on human interaction with plant and animal life, landscape and the self. Each issue includes a mix of poetry and fiction, alongside a selection of essays which may include creative non-fiction, criticism, and the occasional review of new creative work or of community-based environmental projects. We also welcome submissions in translation.

Essay – essay@channelmag.org
We accept both completed essay submissions and proposals. Completed essays (including creative non-fiction, reportage, commentary, and criticism) should generally not exceed 6000 words. We ask that you send your essay as a Word document attachment to the above-listed email. If you have a proposal for an essay or an interview, please contact us directly with a brief description of same.

Essay submissions exclusively will be accepted on a rolling basis, regardless of the dates of submissions windows.

As well as accepting essay submissions for print, we welcome submissions for online publication on the Channel blog. Pieces of 1500 words or fewer which explore a particular issue in current events or explicate upon a community-based environmental project are particularly encouraged for blog publication. If we feel that a piece submitted for the magazine would do well online, we may also offer blog publication as well as, or as an alternative to, a place in the upcoming print issue.

Short Stories – fiction@channelmag.org
We believe that stories should be free to occupy the space their development requires, and so do not place a strict limit on word count. However, taking into account economy of space within the magazine, as a general rule we encourage stories to not exceed 6000 words. Please send no more than one story per submission window as a Word document attachment.

Poetry – poetry@channelmag.org
You may submit up to 4 poems, regardless of length, per submission window. Please include all poems in one Word document, with each new poem starting on a new page. Channel has no limitations on form or style.

Please email all submissions directly to the relevant address, clearly stating your name within the body of your email. Please do not include any identifying information within the attached Word document submission.

Although based in Ireland, Channel welcomes submissions from all writers regardless of origin.

We believe in paying writers, and can offer a fee at this time of €15 per poem and €15 per page of prose up to a total maximum fee of €60. Contributors will also receive a copy of whichever issue their work appears within.

When a piece is accepted for publication, Channel buys first publication rights. All other rights remain with you and you are welcome to republish your work following the launch of the issue in which it appears. We would be grateful if you mention Channel as the place of first publication.

See here for further information.

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