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.

The theme for our seventh annual issue is Flux

Read more about the theme and how to submit below!

FLUX:

Movement is essential. In our lives, our relationships, our stories. We change and divert and go with the flow, contracting and expanding to all-consuming shift of existence. We are, whether we like it or not, constantly in flux. Sometimes it can feel like whiplash, a knee-jerk second that changes our course forever. And sometimes that change is languid, longer, but still leaves us feeling transformed, different, passed through. To say we’ve gotten front-row seats to watch our world, our bodies, and our lives fluctuate over the last couple of years is a major understatement.

Even the word “flux” itself has evolved over time—originally to describe the medical, it now also refers to constant change or the flow of a fluid, radiant energy, or molecules across an area. It causes substances to become fluid, and it allows particles in different forms to transcend their space and pass through another—conflict and motion and resolution all at once.

For Vol. VII, we’re looking for work that explores this theme and all of the conflicts that arise when a character’s life is upended, when they’re asked to either give in to the flow of life, or fight the undertow with everything they have. We’re interested in the stories that flow out of us as people, voluntary or involuntary. (And let’s be honest, the Back to the Future reference is right there.) The idea of something changing form, breaking down, and restructuring in constant, relentless change makes us reflect on the past two years, the ones to come, and how we’ll tell the story of ourselves and our place in the current of life.


Submissions for Vol. VII are open from September 15–December 31.

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 not in excess of 5,000 words.
  • Flash Fiction. Up to three pieces of flash or microfiction. Each piece should be no more than 1,000 words; there is no minimum word count. The shorter, the better!
  • Nonfiction. Memoir, personal essays, and creative nonfiction, again not to exceed the 5,000 word limit.
  • Poetry. Up to three poems of any form and in traditional or experimental styles. Translations are accepted as well.
  • Stage & Screen. 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.
  • Film. Short films in live-action narrative, documentary, or animation up to 15 minutes in length. Please include a brief summary and credits list in the cover letter of your submission.
  • 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 of 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.

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You can submit ALL GENRES to this category. Please specify in your cover letter which genre you are submitting. All submissions should follow the usual genre guidelines. 

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We are currently accepting submissions of short stories and stand-alone novel excerpts not in excess of 5,000 words. 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.

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We are currently accepting submissions of up to three pieces* of flash or microfiction. Each piece should be no more than 1,000 words; there is no minimum word count. The shorter, the better! 

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!

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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. 

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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! 

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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.

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We are currently accepting submissions of short films in live-action narrative, documentary, or animation up to 15 minutes in length. Please include a brief summary and credits list in the cover letter of your submission.


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.
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$3.50

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

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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. 

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