PRUFER POETRY PRIZE:
Pleiades is accepting submissions for the Prufer Poetry Prize during the month of October. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in an upcoming issue of Pleiades: Literature in Context. Submissions will be open from October 1-31 at 11:59 CST. Joy Priest will judge.
ABOUT Joy Priest: Joy Priest is the author of Horsepower (Pitt Poetry Series 2020), winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, and the editor of Once a City Said: A Louisville Poets’ Anthology, forthcoming from Sarabande Books, Spring 2023. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center, and the winner of the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from the American Poetry Review. Her work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, and T
TO PAY for your submission: Please visit this link to pay the $20 entry fee. Make note of your order number, which you will include in your submission. This fee is waived for all BIPOC writers.
TO SUBMIT: Poets may submit 1-3 poems for a $20 entry fee between October 1-31. 1-3 poems should not exceed 10 pages. Please visit pleiadessubmissions.com to submit. ***Please select “Prufer Poetry Prize” under “genre” or your submission will not be read. Please include your order number in the comments section of your submission (BIPOC writers need not include an order number). Please do not include any identifying information on the submission document or PDF.
•Pleiades will be open for regular submissions in 2022 during the month of June. Unsolicited poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and book reviews 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. *Due to a large volume of submissions, Pleiades book review submissions are currently closed. Please check back after December 1, 2022 for an updated submission window.
• 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 Jenny Molberg and Caitlin Cowan 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 we often see as a focus on memoir and interiority in many 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. *Due to a large volume of submissions, Pleiades book review submissions are currently closed. Please check back after December 1, 2022 for an updated submission window. 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.