Submitting to Transcend
Transcend's submission manager is currently in FREE mode for issue Transcend.Prototypes

** Transcend.Prototypes will be our unnofficial first issue, to be released on Friday, August 16.

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Transcend runs two submission periods each year:

Fall/Winter:

  • Tipped submissions (via Submittable): Apr—Jul
  • Free submissions (via website/email only): July
  • Free submissions (via Submittable): Aug—Sep
  • Revisioning Process: Sep—Oct

 

Spring/Summer:

  • Tipped submissions (via Submittable): Oct—Jan
  • Free submissions (via website/email only): Jan
  • Free submissions (via Submittable): Feb—Mar
  • Revisioning Process: Mar—Apr
  • ** These issues are themed

 

In addition, each print issue is accompanied by an electronic issue available in various electronic formats.

In addition to the first official issue—which is to be released on Friday, December 13, 2019—a prototype issue will be released to help generate buzz for and interest in the magazine:

** Transcend.PrototypesReleases Friday, August 16

  • Special inaugural issue
  • Open for free submissions April—May
  • Revisioning Process: May—June

 

Submission Requirements

Formatting: Please submit your written work in double-spaced, 12-point type, with a typeface similar in style to Arial, Helvetica, or Times New Roman. Poetry should be single-spaced.

Please ensure multi-page submissions are numbered as well. Do include a cover page with your author bio, and do not include author information in the submission.

WARNING: We are significantly more likely to reject your submission if it does not follow these guidelines, and we will outright reject a submission that has author info visible, regardless of any paid requests (such as feedback or expedited response). Please do not put your name anywhere in the title or submission file.

Poetry

  • Limit of 4 poems per submission, totaling no more than 7 pages.
  • All forms of poetry are accepted, though we will only skim most shaped and formatted poetry.
  • We do, however, encourage and enjoy poetry with meter or form, any contemporary poetry, and poetry which breaks the rules in unusual and controlled ways.

Prose

  • We will accept novel excerpts if they are fully self-contained. We do not accept full novels.
  • We encourage all forms of prose, fiction, non-fiction, lyric and braided essays, and literary fiction.
  • Though we will consider academic essays, genre fiction, or YA fiction, we generally skim these pieces.
  • There is no minimum word count—we accept and encourage flash-fiction and six-word-story style prose.
  • There is an approximate 8,000-word maximum. Be aware that, while we will not outright reject a piece if it goes a little over this limit, we are more likely to do so.

Artwork

  • All mediums and all styles are accepted.
  • Please provide a digital copy of the artwork from 72—300dpi. A watermark is acceptable.
  • Please realize that, should your submission be accepted, a minimum 300dpi source will be required for printing (600dpi is preferred).
  • Each accepted piece will be considered for use as cover art.

 

Additional Submission Options

Free Submission Feedback (Free):

The staff of Transcend are writers and editors too. We know how effective well thought, critical, actionable feedback can be, so we provide an opportunity for this kind of direct feedback on each submission for a small fee. However, our editors may leave general feedback on a piece if they see merit, even when we do not ultimately accept a submission, or solicited feedback was not requested. If you do not wish to receive this free unsolicited feedback, select the checkbox on the submission form indicating you wish to opt-out of free feedback. Please note that this kind of feedback is never guaranteed, and staying opted-in does not guarantee any feedback or indicate acceptance of your work.

If you wish to guarantee the receipt of more direct and actionable feedback, please select the "Direct feedback" or "Full critique" option in the "Payments" section of the submission form. More information about these feedback options we offer is below.

General Feedback ($5):

By selecting the "General Feedback" box on your submission, you are asking the editors to provide you with a few lines detailing our thoughts when we were reading and evaluating your submission. This can include information on how we feel you could improve your piece, general information on a passage or paragraph we thought was particularly strong or could use some work. If we choose to work with your piece(s) when you elected to receive general feedback, this $5 fee will be refunded. This option is not a guarantee of acceptance.

Expedited Response ($10):

When submitting your work, you will see optional Payment options. By selecting the "Expedited Decision" box on your submission, you are asking us to expedite your submission. This means your submission will go to the top of the pile and will be granted a decision before the rest of the queue. Our normal response time is between three (3) and four (4) months. However, when you ask for an expedited decision, we send a response to you within approximately four (4) weeks. This option is not a guarantee of acceptance.

Expedited General Feedback ($15):

A combination of the two options, you will get an expedited decision on your work within approximately four (4) weeks, and it will come with general feedback consisting of up to a paragraph of general feedback concerning your piece. Should we choose to publish your piece(s) when you elected to receive expedited general feedback, a partial refund of $5 will be issued. This option is not a guarantee of acceptance.

Full Critique ($25):

By selecting the "Full Critique" option on your submission, you are asking the editors to provide you with a fully detailed critique of your piece(s). This will include a minimum 250-500 word response of our impressions for the strengths, weaknesses, and options available to improve for your piece(s). The response time for a full critique is three (3) to four (4) months from submission. If we choose to publish your piece(s) when you elect to receive a full critique, we will issue a partial refund of $5. This option is not a guarantee of acceptance.

Note that if you would like a full critique without having your work(s) considered for publication, please note this in your submission.

Expedited Full Critique ($35):

By selecting the "Expedited Full Critique" option on your submission, you are asking the editors to provide you with a fully detailed critique of your piece(s) within four (4) weeks of submission. This critique will include a minimum 250-500 word response of our impressions for the strengths, weaknesses, and options available to improve for your piece(s).  If we choose to publish your piece(s) when you elect to receive a full critique, we will issue a partial refund of $5. This option is not a guarantee of acceptance.

Note that if you would like a full critique without having your work(s) considered for publication, please note this in your submission.

Also note that, should we receive more interest in this option than we can handle, this option may be closed from time to time.

Author Bios

All submissions are read and decided on blind.

Our mission is to support disadvantaged and marginalized voices without closing our magazine to any author or artist. With this in mind, the editors at Transcend wish to look beyond the verse and prose. However, these bios do not weigh on the selection process for your writing or artwork.

Please include a short biographical excerpt about yourself of about 250 words in the appropriate submission form field. Anything you would wish us to know, or you feel makes you who you are. Please do include previous publication credits and/or other accomplishments.

This bio should be close to something you would want published with your piece(s). Please write it in third-person.

Response Timing

When you submit to Transcend, you will receive a response acknowledging your submission. Our goal is to send formal responses on acceptance within 8 weeks from the date of submission. If you do not hear from us within 3 months of your submission, feel free to submit a query letter with the subject line in the format "Your Name - Your Piece Title."

Expedited option submissions get a response within four weeks.

Acceptance & Editorial Revisioning Process

We use the editorial revisioning process to help authors polish their submitted works beyond simple spelling and grammar checking. For those pieces we accept, but feel could use some close editing work, we offer the author an editing phase. During this phase, which lasts from one to two months, the editors suggest a variety of edits which can range from simple word choice to more in-depth changes to sentence structure or character arcs. We have multiple goals with this process: to provide actionable feedback to the author they can use immediately, to polish pieces that are on the cutoff line and would not otherwise be published without this process, and to provide our experience to other writers.

This revisioning process occurs only with the author’s cooperation, and only with the author’s approval. However, our selection process results in four options for submitted pieces, as follows:

Accepted: Edits not suggested, publish the piece as-is. The author may submit edits during the revisioning process.

Accepted—Revisions Suggested: Edits suggested but not required. We will work with the author to polish the work with their agreement.

Accepted—Revisions Required: Edits required to bring the piece into a polished state for publication. Note that if revisions are not completed before the final deadline, the submission will be rejected.

Rejected: The piece is not suited/ready/appropriate for publication in Transcend.

The editorial revisioning process completes on October 31 for the Fall/Winter issue, and April 30 for the Spring/Summer issue.

Legal Things

Selected pieces may be published and hosted on our website and social media sites in an effort to promote the magazine, author, and the published work.

Not all accepted submissions will be published online, but all pieces accepted for publishing will be included in the electronic edition of the print magazine.

We request First North American Serial Rights (FNASR) and First World Electronic Rights (FWER), and non-exclusive electronic rights. FNASR and FWER rights revert to the author 6 months after publication. Electronic rights are non-exclusive and terminate only on request from the author.

We cannot accept previously published work. All submissions must be previously unpublished, original works.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, so long as the editors of Transcend are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

Typos and minor grammatical issues happen—occassional occurrences will not count against a submission.

Only one submission per genre unless notified by the editors, please.

If we accept a piece for publication, congratulations! Once published, we ask that you do not submit again for one year. This will give us a chance to publish more disenfranchised voices.

Unfortunately, the editors do not speak additional languages. Please submit your work in English. Hopefully, this will change in the future.

When you submit, please include an author biography in the submission form, but be sure to include no identifying information in the body of your submission. Refer to the “Author Biographies” section above for more information.

Transcend's submission manager is currently in FREE mode for issue Transcend.Prototypes

** Transcend.Prototypes will be our unnofficial first issue, to be released on Friday, August 16.

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