Editor's Note: Please keep a few things in mind when considering writing for Irvington Reader. Our publication is aimed at a broad and general readership. Are you writing a good story? Would a stranger be disturbed it his twelve year old daughter reads your story?
Guidelines for Submissions
We are looking for short fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and art.
Previously published work is acceptable as long as it meets the goals of the magazine.
Fiction and non-fiction word limits: 2,500 to 7,500 words
We are a general fiction magazine; genre fiction is welcome as long as it conforms with the thematic requirements of our individual seasonal issues.
We acquire one-time rights upon acceptance. Contributors receive one copy each of the issue in which their work appears. Irvington Reader will also publish contact information in the form of email addresses and/or websites for contributors, should they wish to have that information known to our readers.
All submissions are to be made made electronically. Email messages to Irvington Reader are to carry the subject line “Story Submission,” “Poetry Submission,” “Article Submission,” or “Art Submission,” as appropriate.
Submissions are to be sent by email to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions are to be made as attachments using two of the following three formats: Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), rich text format (RTF), or PDF.
Submission must be in manuscript format as follows:
APPROXIMATE WORD COUNT
General advice: Read, write, and rewrite. Also, understand that not every word you write is golden: you must be ready to rewrite or discard, including on the advice of your editor, words, sentences, paragraphs, or whole passages that do not work or do not adequately convey your meaning.
Finally, be kind to your readers by saying what you mean, concisely, accurately, and with style and genuine thought and feeling.
Irvington Reader is aimed at a general readership. If your twelve-year-old daughter or son, sister or brother, or niece or nephew cannot read your work without encountering extreme adult language or situations, then you should rewrite it as needed to meet a general readership. Our editor’s opinion is that a mature writer does not require extremely graphic images or coarse language to properly express himself or herself or to convey complex ideas to a general readership. It is his opinion that these things may actually diminish the quality of an author’s work.
Art is to be submitted as a portfolio of digital images, including but not limited to images associated with the themes of an upcoming season. Artists submitting their work should indicate whether they are available to receive assignments for illustrations or other images. Photographs and photo-collages are acceptable as part of an artist’s portfolio.