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Praxis Magazine Online – Submission Guidelines

Praxis Magazine Online is currently inviting submissions in two genres: POETRY and FICTION. Specific guidelines for each area appear below, along with the email address for submissions in each genre. We encourage new and existing contributors to review the guidelines carefully; submissions that do not adhere to the guidelines will be returned unread.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do NOT send submissions to the personal email addresses of any members of the editorial team unless you have been specifically requested to do so. Uninvited emails to personal accounts will be deleted without acknowledgment.

POETRY

Poetry must be the original, unpublished work of the author. We will consider poems that have appeared on personal social media accounts, but not ones that have previously appeared in print or online journals, anthologies, or collections.

We will consider simultaneous submissions, but do email us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere so we can remove it from consideration.

Each submission should include one to five poems.

All poems should be in a single Word document attached to your submission email. Please start each poem in the document on a new page, and use a standard, 12-point font (e.g. Times New Roman 12-point).

All lines of the poem should begin on the left margin, and poems should not have tabs or extra spacing within the lines. (We are open to these kind of formats in our chapbooks, but are unable to present them properly in our online magazine posts.) Epigrams should be in italics below the title. If needed, glossary of non-English words should appear below the poem in which they are used.

We are open to traditional and experimental styles, including prose poems, as long as the poem as a whole is aligned to the left margin. We would be delighted to consider poems in indigenous African languages (Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Swahili, etc., including Naija Languej) if they are accompanied by an English translation.

We accept less than five percent of the poetry we receive for publication. For love / romance poems, the percentage accepted is significantly lower. (This doesn’t mean we are not willing to consider such poems; it means we receive a high volume of them, and only accept the ones that our editors find most unusual and intriguing.)

Please do not send poetry that is racist, tribalist, sexist, or derogatory to any other person or group of people. Please also do not send poetry that makes fun of mental health issues, or discourages those in need from seeking professional assistance and support for mental health issues.

A bio statement of no more than 150 words should appear at the end of the Word document, and should include, at minimum, where you are writing from (e.g. Lagos or New York).

We will consider collaborative submissions by two or more poets, or mixed-genre submissions (poetry + photography or poetry + art). For collaborative submissions, please submit no more than two pieces at a time. Do include the bio statements for each contributor at the end of the Word document, and the email addresses of all contributors should be in the CC: field of your submission email.

The subject line of your email should be your name as you would want it to appear with your poem(s) if your work is accepted for publication. In the body of your email, please include the following information: title(s) of the poems in your submission document, whether your work has been published at Praxis previously, and a copy of the bio statement in your submission document.

Poetry submissions should be sent to poetry@praxismagonline.com

After submitting poetry, please wait until you have received a decision from us before submitting additional work. (You are free to submit work in other genres while you wait for our response on your poetry submission, but please do not send additional poems.)

FICTION

Fiction must be the original, unpublished work of the author. We will consider stories that have appeared on personal social media accounts, but not ones that have previously appeared in print or online journals, anthologies, or collections. (Our fiction team may, from time to time, solicit reprints directly from the original author and publisher, but please do not submit unsolicited work that has been previously published.)

We will consider simultaneous submissions, but do email us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere so we can remove it from consideration.

Each submission should include one to three stories. We prefer stories 500 to 3000 words; if your story is less than 500 or more than 3000 words, please note the word count exception in your email.

Each story should be in a separate Word document attached to your submission email. Please use a standard, 12-point font (e.g. Times New Roman 12-point). If needed, glossary of non-English words should appear at the end of the story.

A bio statement of no more than 150 words should appear at the end of each attached Word document, and should include, at minimum, where you are writing from (e.g. Lagos or New York).

The subject line of your email should be your name as you would want it to appear with your piece(s) if your work is accepted for publication. In the body of your email, please include the following information: title(s) of the stories in attached Word document(s), whether your work has been published at Praxis previously, and a copy of your bio statement.

Fiction submissions should be sent to fiction@praxismagonline.com

After submitting fiction, please wait until you have received a decision from us before submitting additional work. (You are free to submit work in other genres while you wait for our response on your fiction submission, but please do not send additional fiction.)



If you are interested in submitting in other genres (photography chapbooks, artwork, nonfiction, reviews, poetry chapbooks, etc.), please send a query email with information about your proposed submission to halima@praxismagonline.com, and we’ll let you know whether or not we have staff available to review it. (Please send the query only, not the actual submission.)