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fictionFICTION

We are interested in stories with complex characters who make choices, unique and familiar plots that have been revitalized, and compelling structural elements. We want stories that deliberately utilize engaging language and points of view and in which place is as vital as any character. Send us stories that raise important questions, convince us to believe in the world of the story, and grab us by the collar to lead us through places like and unlike our own.

Submit up to five flash stories (please clarify when one story ends and the next begins) or one longer story (up to 6000 words). We don’t have a particular preference for genre–sci-fi, fantasy, “literary,” mystery, etc.–but instead want stories that transcend these labels as compelling works of fiction.

Send as a single Word document or PDF to bonfireslit@gmail.com with “Fiction Submission” in the subject line.


poetry

POETRY

We are interested in poems that both embrace and revolutionize traditional forms, e.g., that both pass our scansion and fail it miserably, that are at home on the page and the stage, and that, in the words of Emily Dickinson, “tell it slant.” We want poems that pay particular attention to language and sound, image and impact. Send us poems that sit with us, call our names long after we’ve left them, and knit our hearts sweaters of barbed wire.

Submit up to five poems, totaling no more than 10 pages. Send as a single Word document or PDF to bonfireslit@gmail.com with “Poetry Submission” in the subject line.


cnf-bf2CREATIVE NONFICTION

We are interested in essays with engaging, vulnerable narrators who grapple with previously unanswered questions and who don’t shy away from their own uncertainty. We want essays that have an awareness of form and structure, make deliberate choices about language, and characterize place as much as any living thing. Send us essays that force us to confront haunting questions, engage us in conversation, and give us a map to guide our own explorations.

Submit a series of short/micro/flash essays (please clarify breaks between each essay) or one longer essay that totals no more than 6000 words. We are open to lyric essays, narrative essays, fraudulent artifacts, and essays that don’t neatly fit into any preexisting categories. Send as a single Word document or PDF to bonfireslit@gmail.com with “CNF Submission” in the subject line.


comics-bfCOMICS

We are interested in comics that subvert tropes, look to push the field in new directions, and move beyond entertainment to have a lasting impact on the reader. We want comics that relish the interactions between word and image without skimping on either category. Send us comics that celebrate the colorful lives and places around us, that whisper so softly our noses touch the page, and that shout at us to wake up and break the rigid panels of what we thought we knew.

Send up to 12 pages (in PDF format) to bonfireslit@gmail.com with “Comic Submission” in the subject line.


digital

DIGITAL & HYBRID

We are interested in writing that defies categorization, embraces the ambiguity between and outside of traditional genre conventions, and explores the opportunities of emerging technologies. We are open to film poems, multimodal essays, audio stories, interactive narratives, and anything in between. If you are unsure if your work would be a good fit for the anthology, please feel free to ask us via email at bonfireslit@gmail.com.

In terms of length, we are most interested in shorter work–i.e., what would be relatively comparable to a short story, or a series of up to five flash narratives, or a series of up to five poems. If it’s more comparable to a novel or other longer work, it’s likely too ambitious for our venue.

Send your work in an accessible format to bonfireslit@gmail.com. If you want to be sure we can access a particular file format, please inquire.


craftCRAFT ESSAYS

We are interested in craft essays that explore the role of place in any genre of literature. Send us essays that analyze other writers’ work, or that blend craft analysis and personal narrative about your own decision-making process.  If you aren’t sure if a topic would be a good fit for the anthology, please feel free to propose an idea to us.

Send craft essays of up to 1500 words, saved as a Word document or PDF, to bonfireslit@gmail.com with “Craft Essay Submission” in the subject line.


bf-reviewsBOOK REVIEWS

We are interested in reviews of both new and old books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in which place plays a significant role. If you are unsure if a particular title would be a good fit for the anthology, please ask.

Send book reviews of up to 1000 words, saved as a Word document or PDF, to bonfireslit@gmail.com with “Book Review Submission” in the subject line.


teachingTEACHING RESOURCES

We are interested in publishing syllabi, writing exercises, and assignment prompts for writing courses that focus on place, whether it is for a special topics course on environmental literature, or a travel-writing unit within a more general class. Send us teaching resources for any level: primary or secondary, undergraduate, graduate, community, etc. If you aren’t sure if a particular resource would be good fit for the anthology, please ask.

Send us your syllabi, writing exercises, and assignment prompts as Word documents or PDFs to bonfireslit@gmail.com with “Teaching Resource Submission” in the subject line.

Note: for teaching resources ONLY, we are able to consider up to five separate submissions (e.g., two syllabi and three writing exercises) from a single person. You may send multiple teaching resources in a single email.