A national literary journal published by Clockhouse Writers’ Conference in partnership with Goddard College
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Clockhouse accepts works of poetry, fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and dramatic works for stage or screen. We encourage submissions from both established and emerging writers. (Current students of Goddard College are ineligible to submit to Clockhouse, but we look forward to reading your work after you graduate.)
Before submitting, please read the guidelines below - the Submit button is at the very bottom of this page.
All submissions must:
Be original, unpublished work written by the author or, if you are submitting artwork for cover consideration, original artwork created by the artist.
Please follow the industry-standard formatting guidelines appropriate for the genre as well as the applicable guidelines below:
Fiction: Short stories and self-contained novel excerpts in a literary style. Genre fiction will be considered only if it sustains literary merit (Up to 5,000 words)
Poetry: All poetry in traditional and experimental styles including prose poetry (Up to 250 lines of poetry, total. Only one poem per submission. Poets may submit up to three times per reading period.)
Memoir and Creative Nonfiction: All memoir and creative nonfiction in traditional and experimental literary styles. No academic or scientific essays (Up to 5,000 words)
Dramatic Work for Stage or Screen: Short dramatic works in traditional and experimental styles, either a standalone piece or an excerpt from a one-act or full-length play or screenplay (Up to 15 pages)
Artwork for Cover Consideration: Images should be uploaded in either a jpg or jpeg file format.
Include a short bio of approximately 100 words or less
Include a brief artist statement: a few sentences about your work as an artist (i.e., not a “pitch” for this submission, but rather a statement about what you’re interested in writing about now, what drives your writing, or how your writing is reflecting or influencing the world at large, etc.)
Work may be submitted only through our online submission manager (see link at bottom of page, which will be live only during our submissions period. No email submissions will be accepted, and submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be discarded unread. The submission period for the Summer 2022 issue will begin on August 15, 2021, and remain open through 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2021.
Responses to submissions
Please expect to wait up to four months for a reply. After that time, if you have not yet received a reply, please check on the status of your submission by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate the title of your piece, the genre, and the original date of submission.
By accepting any offer of publication by Clockhouse, the author will grant the magazine first serial rights. Upon publication, rights to the work revert back to the author. The author retains all other rights to the work. Any subsequent publication will note that the work was first published in Clockhouse. Payment for publication in Clockhouse is one contributor’s copy in which the work appears. As appropriate, we may also choose to nominate published work for awards or other recognition.
Planning to submit and have questions about Clockhouse? Please send them to email@example.com. Submissions themselves are not accepted at this address.