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Submissions Call: Redivider Literary Journal

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Launched in 1986, Redivider is a literary journal produced by the graduate students in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing program at Emerson College in the vibrant literary hub of Boston. Published digitally in the Autumn and Spring, we welcome fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and graphic narrative submissions from emerging and established writers. And if you’re wondering about the name—it’s a palindrome!

Redivider seeks previously unpublished works from emerging and established writers. We welcome general submissions year-round. We are proud to offer free submission, with the exception of the summer months, when much of our campus and staff are away and which goes towards maintaining the journal.

Recently, Redivider shifted to a digital platform. This change is sparked by the urgency we―as with much of the publishing industry―feel towards the overall accessibility and diversity of our publication. Publishing our issues online will allow the voices of our contributors to reach more readers as our web content will be free for all.

Terms and Conditions

All submissions must go through Submittable. No mailed or emailed submissions, please! We welcome simultaneous submissions as long as you withdraw your piece via Submittable as soon as it gets accepted elsewhere (For poetry, leave a note). For policies regarding our contest submissions, please visit our contest page. Please submit no more than once per six-month period and only submit to one genre at a time. Emerson College students, faculty, and staff–current or within the previous three years–may not submit.

We will not consider submissions that include prejudice, racism, xenophobia, classism, sexism, ableism, fat-shaming, homophobia, gratuitous violence, etc. We reserve the right to reject such submissions outright and no longer read submissions from that author. We also reserve the right to remove content from our journal if an author is known to be harassing or abusive.

Fiction:
We seek fiction submissions up to 8,000 words that is at once engaging, idiosyncratic, and humane. While our stories can range from the comically absurd to the understated and contemplative, we especially have a fondness for sharply drawn characters, alien but fully realized settings, and concentrated efforts to transgress the trappings of what has come to be known as “literary fiction.” Ultimately, we’re looking for stories that remind us exactly why we got wrapped up in literature in the first place.

Graphic Narrative:
We seek drawn media coupled with words in a provocative form that tells a story or expresses an idea. These pieces may range from the brightly humorous to the darkly serious and may span any number of topics but above all should maintain a literary focus. Our goal is to publish drawn panels that enhance, challenge, and reveal the texts they accompany. Each piece should total 15 pages max. All graphic narratives and illustrated poetry must incorporate title and author’s name into the first page of the submission.

Nonfiction:
Ware looking for nonfiction submissions up to 8,000 words that feature authentic voices speaking to cultural concerns. We want fresh work: essays that play with form and exhibit creativity in their craft. Give us something we haven’t read in a workshop or other lit mags and journals. We want work that challenges our readers to think, that raises awareness, and that offers fresh perspectives.

Poetry:
We ask that poets send no more than five poems, combined into a single document and submission, with each poem beginning on a new page. Submit what you’re worried to send elsewhere. We want poems with teeth.

Further information available here.