Open Call: Future/Tense
Nice Cage is open to submissions for Issue 3: Future/Tense.
On November 8th, the next President of the United States was selected by the electoral college. This choice has sparked uncertainty in many of us. We are future/tense.
And Nice Cage wants to hear about that. We’re announcing issue three, which will be published on January 20, 2017 - Inauguration Day. The theme: Future/Tense.
We are taking unsolicited submissions for this topic through January 2, 2017. Submit early and often. Please note we do accept previously published pieces as long as you have permission from the previous publisher. Please see our submission guidelines for all the additional details.
Deadline: January 2, 2017
In the spirit of the Nice Cage mission statement, we ask that you don't limit yourself to the literal interpretation of the theme. We want to see how you develop these concepts into an interesting and complex piece.
Nice Cage publishes poetry and short fiction and believes writing should be willing to experiment and evolve. We hold these truths to be self-evident: substance is as important as style, thinking about things is important, and writing should have emotional impact (because feelings are important).
Before submitting, read our mission statement to get a feel for what we're looking for. We look forward to reading your work.
Nice Cage isn’t interested in:
- creative nonfiction, essays, reviews, or interviews
- young adult fiction
- mysteries/crime fiction
- observational poetry
Nice Cage looks for work that:
- says something
- approaches unconventional subjects
- has a narrative or tells a story
- explores genre without cliches
- experiments with language and form
- evolves and presents dilemmas without easy answers
- embraces tension and conflict
Send Us Your Work
Simultaneous submissions are accepted.
We're especially interested in work freshly written to fit the theme, but we'll publish work that has appeared on personal blogs/social media/forums/your mom's holiday newsletter. As long as it's quality work, we want to read it. Send us your best.
We accept email submissions only.
When you're ready to submit your work, send us an email which includes:
- your name
- contact information (including your phone number)
- the theme you're submitting for
Your work should be sent to us as an attachment (rtf, word, or pdf). Include your contact information on the first page of your manuscript. Do not put your submissions in the body of the email.
For poetry: Send 1-5 poems as one file. Include the phrase "POETRY SUBMISSION" in your subject line.
For prose: Send one story (5000 words maximum). Include the phrase "PROSE SUBMISSION" in your subject line.
Send all submissions to: email@example.com.
We try respond to all submissions in a timely manner. Please give us at least 3 months to respond to your submission. If you haven't heard from us after three months, feel free to contact us.
Payment and Rights
You retain all rights to your work. We do ask that you refrain from posting or publishing the piece you send us elsewhere (zines, blogs, forums) for one month after publication. After that month, you can distribute your work as you wish. We will archive a copy of the issue your work appears in on our site. If you would like us to remove your piece, let us know and we will remove it promptly.
Currently, Nice Cage is unable to pay contributors.