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 is razor sharp, immediately transporting us with a strong voice and 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.
Call for Submissions for Volume VI: "Hunger"
Hunger, at its core, is a need driven by a deep and unrelenting desire. It requires an ache to satiate or itch to scratch — something that we often give ourselves to. In our day-to-day, hunger can be the simple act of needing to eat or the more complex drive towards success, change, or power. It fuels both the prey and predator.
Let’s be clear though: hunger is a suffering often not chosen and the value of which could be interpreted in many ways. From spiritual fasts to hunger strikes to systemic global crises or even the work it takes to become a champion, it is an unconscious force that defines our narratives.
For Vol VI, we are hungering for work that explores this theme and all of the conflicts that arise when need opposes the status quo. What are we as people — or our characters — willing to do to get what we need? What happens when you have always lived with the absence of a basic necessity — when hunger is unavoidable and imposed upon you? Alternatively, who are you if you have always been satisfied? Does hunger ever truly go away or does it appear again in the forms of lust, greed, or gluttony? Make it visceral. Make it visual. Make it an anthem. Make it shine bright on the page so a reader is pulled in and leaves feeling that same craving that drives you to create and make art happen.
Submissions for Vol. VI will be open from September 15–December 15.
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. Up to five pieces of art and/or photography per submission. If submitting more than one piece of art, please compile into one file (PDF or otherwise). Brief (1-3 paragraph) artist’s statement or statement about the work preferred. Include appropriate credit lines for all pieces (Artist Name, Title of Work, Year. Medium, Dimensions.)
- Comics. Comics should be self-contained, up to three pages per piece, with no more than three pieces per submission.
Author receives $35.00 USD for accepted work. All submissions received by November 1 will have guaranteed feedback from editors.
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.
We are currently accepting submissions of short stories and stand-alone novel excerpts not in excess of 5,000 words, as well as up to three pieces of flash fiction, 750 words or less.* Pieces that exceed this limit will NOT be read.
Note that we tend to lean toward literary fiction, but exceptional genre fiction that fits the theme will be considered.
*Please include all flash fiction in a single document!
We are currently accepting submissions of memoir, personal essays, and creative nonfiction not in excess of 5,000 words. Pieces that exceed this limit will NOT be read.
We are currently accepting submissions of up to three poems of any form and in traditional or experimental styles. Any additional poems will NOT be read.
*Please include all poems in a single document!
We are currently accepting submissions of one-act plays, scenes, or short film and screenplay excerpts not in excess of 15 pages.
Please format according to the standard unpublished playwriting or screenwriting format. For plays that are unpublished but have been performed, please mention the original date and location performed in your cover letter.
Up to five pieces of art and/or photography per submission. If submitting more than one piece of art, please compile into one file (PDF or otherwise). Brief (1-3 paragraph) artist’s statement or statement about the work preferred. Include appropriate credit lines for all pieces (Artist Name, Title of Work, Year. Medium, Dimensions.)
Please include appropriate credit lines for each work.
We are currently accepting submissions of short, self-contained literary art comic. This includes hybrid forms (ie, poem in comic form, graphic nonfiction, graphic flash fiction, etc.). All comics must be previously unpublished.
We accept three pages per comic, three comics per submission. Anything longer or incomplete will not be considered.