CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:
2021 KINDER/CRUMP AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION
During the month of April 2021, the editors of Pleiades welcome submissions to the Kinder/Crump Award for Short Fiction. The award’s judge is Matthew Saleeses, award-winning author of Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear: A Novel and Craft in the Real World. Winners will receive $1,000 and publication in Pleiades: Literature in Context.
Guidelines: Writers should submit a short story of no more than 5,000 words, without any identifying information, as a Word document or PDF through our submissions system here. Please select “Kinder/Crump Award for Short Fiction” as the genre; otherwise, the submission may not reach the editors. Then, please visit our payment portal here to pay the $20 entry fee. Submissions without the entry fee cannot be considered. We do not accept emailed submissions, but please direct any questions to Editor Jenny Molberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. Work submitted outside April 1-30, 2021 will not be considered. Submissions will be read anonymously.
Winners will be announced in late summer 2021. You will receive an email from the editors notifying you of any decisions regarding your work.
The Kinder/Crump Award honors two former editors of Pleiades and Professors Emerti at the University of Central Missouri: R. M. Kinder and Gail Bruce Crump. We are grateful for their contributions to the work of Pleiades and the students of UCM.
•We are OPEN for submissions from December 1-January 1 and June 1-July 1 every year. Unsolicited poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions should be submitted via our online submissions manager. Unfortunately, we cannot consider paper submissions and emailed submissions, and mailed manuscripts will be recycled. Submissions sent outside the submission period will not be considered.
• Please remember to select the genre of your submission, as submissions sent with no genre marked will not be read.
• Though we attend to submissions as quickly as possible, please allow for up to six months before querying.
• We are especially interested in reading submissions from writers from historically marginalized communities as part of our commitment to a broad representation of dynamic work.
• Writers should review past issues of Pleiades to get a sense of our aesthetic and preferences. Order Pleiades here.
GENRE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Please send 3-5 poems. We are particularly interested in work that embraces risk and is lyrically inventive. We value work that gives voice to a range of lived experiences and employs a mastery of expression. Work of any length will be considered, and we look forward to reading your most polished poems. Please do not submit multiple packets during one submissions period. Direct questions regarding poetry to Erin Adair-Hodges at email@example.com.
Pleiades is looking for exceptional fiction, with a focus on well-developed characters, memorable language, provocatively-wrought subject matter, and immersive settings. While there are no length requirements, our journal has limited space, and manuscripts over 12,000 words will especially need to impress. Some stories may be considered for our “online exclusives” category. Please direct questions regarding fiction to Jennifer Maritza McCauley at pleiadesfictioninquiries
While we enjoy essays and nonfiction in all forms, here at Pleiades we are particularly interested in creative nonfiction that gazes out at the world rather than into the self. This is to say nothing against memoir, only that our publishing aesthetic leans towards the exterior in order to balance what see as a focus on memoir and interiority in most literary journals. Essays that perform a weave of the personal with an outward gaze are very welcome. We do not only consider externally-focused creative nonfiction, but this is our taste preference. Limit creative nonfiction submissions to 6,000 words. Please direct questions regarding nonfiction to Clint Crockett Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pleiades Book Review is now published online. We are open for book review submissions year-round. If you are interested in submitting a book review to be considered for the PBR, please submit via our submissions portal at pleiadessubmissions.com. We prefer submissions of full reviews to emailed queries, and make sure you mark your genre as “book reviews for Pleiades.” Any mailed or emailed book review submissions will not considered. Direct any questions to Reviews Editor Taneum Bambrick at email@example.com. Reviews should be submitted exclusively by the reviewers themselves (not by the authors of the work being reviewed). We encourage experimental reviews—reviews that borrow from creative nonfiction, adopt a unique form, compare something new to something old, etc.—and are very interested in new interpretations of what a book review is and can look like. Note: Pleiades book reviews are 800-1200 words.
• Pleiades DOES accept simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you notify us immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere. *If you need to withdraw your work from consideration, please email the appropriate genre editor with the subject line “Withdrawal.” Please ONLY email through the links provided above.
• To have a book considered for review, send a review copy to: Pleiades Book Review • Dept of English, Martin 336 • University of Central Missouri • Warrensburg, MO 64093. Please note: not all books received will be reviewed, though we do review 40+ books in each year.