Exposition Review is an independent, multi-genre literary journal that publishes narratives by new, emerging, and established writers in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, stage & screen, experimental narratives, art & photography, and comics (see guidelines below).
Wondering what to submit to us? We like to be surprised; we like writing that transports us with strong voices and a sense of place. We like work that’s thoughtful and cathartic, work that embraces conflict and isn’t afraid to take risks. We love pieces that blur the boundaries of genre. To get a better idea of what we look for in submissions, please read our previous issues. You can also follow the Expo blog to get news about latest submission and contest openings.
ANNUAL ISSUE SUBMISSIONS:
Every issue has a theme from which writers and artists can draw inspiration. We encourage those who submit to think outside the box; we look for stories that fit the theme yet make us think about it in different ways; we want work that satisfies and challenges traditional forms of storytelling.
The theme for our 2018 annual issue is "Orbit."
To be in orbit is to be in motion, set on a constant, circuitous course of action. It brings to mind celestial bodies and the forces of nature, but we can see smaller orbits in our daily lives: the spheres we inhabit and the grooves we wear in the world around us. An orbit is the familiar: that which we seek to find and escape from.
There’s also an inherent tension in the idea that our path can be dictated by the gravitational pull of an Other, whether that’s a planet, a person, or even an idea. It’s a force that draws you in and also keeps you at arm’s length: two entities circling each other with no end in sight.
And yet, an orbit holds the promise of being a part of something bigger than yourself, or of finding a new road to follow. There’s a sense of excitement and adventure—and that’s exactly what we want to see in your work.
We’re looking for stories about the distances we travel, even when we’re standing still. We want to read about the relationships and revolutions of the world and the people in it. Ultimately, we want narratives that are fully realized, pulling us deep into the universe you’ve created with your words and art.
Submissions for Vol. III: "Orbit" will be open from Sept 15–Dec 15, 2017.
All work is read and given fair consideration by our editorial staff. Guidelines for individual genres are as follows:
- Fiction. Short stories and stand-alone novel excerpts up to 5,000 words, or up to three pieces of flash fiction, 750 words or fewer.
- Nonfiction. Memoir, personal essays, and creative nonfiction up to 5,000 words.
- Poetry. Up to three poems of any form and in traditional or experimental styles.
- Stage & Screen. One-act plays, scenes, or short film and screenplay excerpts up to 15 pages.
- Experimental Narratives. We love narratives in all forms. Whether it's digital poetics, a video, or a transmedia, genre-bending piece, if it tells a good story, creates compelling characters, and/or tickles our literary senses, we want it. Consider the limits in our other categories and our online platform for length guidelines.
- Visual Art & Comics. Five pieces of art and/or photography per submission with appropriate credit lines. Comics should be self-contained, up to three pages per piece, with no more than three pieces per submission.
FLASH 405 WRITING CONTESTS:
Our Flash 405 competitions accept short from work in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and stage & screen. Contests are judged by members of Expo's editorial team as well as guest judges. Each contest has a theme and winners are awarded cash prizes and online publication. For more information visit the Flash 405 page on our website.
Our next round is open from February 4–March 5, 2018 and judged by Expo editor Rebecca Luxton. The theme is "Greed."
NOTE: AS OF 2017, ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE JUDGED BLIND. (SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS.)
About Rebecca: Rebecca Luxton is the Fiction Editor of Exposition Review and worked on the Southern California Review while completing her Master of Professional Writing at USC. Now she’s a marketing professional with a love for all things fiction. Favorite authors: a rotating cast who currently include Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mary Gaitskill, Stephen King and the late Joe Frank for his exceptional radio storytelling work. Follow her on Instagram @therebeccamarielle.
A note on "Greed" from Rebecca: Greed is the beginning of so many great narratives. Whether our hero is thrown into a hellish situation by another’s avarice, or if our narrator herself is delightfully (or horrifically) selfish, there are so many ways in which we can be greedy. Show me all of them, and don’t be shy.
- Fiction. A complete story, no more than 405 words (Get it?).
- Nonfiction. A complete story, no more than 405 words.
- Poetry. One poem, no longer than 5 lines.
- Stage & Screen. A complete scene, no longer than 4 pages. Please format according to the standard unpublished playwriting or screenwriting format.
- Experimental. A complete short form narrative utilizing innovative techniques and/or hybrid forms. Consider the spirit of flash as well as the limits of other categories for length guidelines.
Include a short, third-person bio in the cover letter.
The judge will choose a 1st and 2nd place winner, along with up to 3 Honorable Mentions. All will receive publication on the website. 1st and 2nd place will also receive a cash prize--and here's the fun part. There's no limit to how much you could win! Here's a breakdown:
- 1st prize: Online publication + 40% of all entry fees.
- 2nd prize: Online publication + 20% of all entry fees.
- Honorable Mention: Online publication.
All submissions are judged blind. Please save and submit your work as [TITLE]_[GENRE] and remove all identifying qualities from the final document. Note, we still require your name and a brief bio with your Submittable submission form/cover letter.