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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Interested in submitting? We love hearing from new voices.

They Call Us puts forward a themed edition every 3 months, such as They Call Us Flawed, or They Call Us Bossy. We look for any submissions of prose, poetry, and visual art within that theme. We prefer that those who submit do their best to follow the theme of the current edition, otherwise it will likely not be accepted by our editors. We encourage all who are interested to read through the guidelines below before submitting. If you have any questions regarding this process please contact us. 

HOW TO SUBMIT TO THEY CALL US

  • Anyone is welcome to submit poetry, prose, or artwork to They Call Us. Please check our instagram to see when we are accepting submissions as well as to gather more information on the theme of each edition.

  • Submit your work by emailing us at theycalluszine@gmail.com.  In the subject line of your email, please include the type of work you are submitting (poetry, prose, or artwork) as well as the name of the edition that you are submitting for. If you are submitting work, please do NOT use our contact form as you will not be able to attach your document or photo. Please email us directly instead. 

  • You should plan to include information about yourself and your piece in the body of your email. This information can vary depending on the nature of your submission. See specific instructions on what to include below.

  • Submission periods for the team can be very crazy, but you should expect to hear from an editor within a week of submitting your work. If you don’t hear back within that timeframe please follow up with us.

POETRY AND PROSE SUBMISSIONS

  • All writers interested in submitting to They Call Us should consider the theme of each edition with their submissions. You are welcome to submit something already completed or create new work. 

  • Writing can be any genre, whether it be speculative or realistic. Feel free to get creative or use your own experience. 

  • The piece should not exceed 1,200 words and be submitted as a word document.

  • Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions are both accepted. 

  • Each work submitted should include the following in the body of their email: Title of work, full name (or name you want for credit), and pronouns. We appreciate social media accounts as well so we can credit you properly.

  • A personal response is always returned, whether you were accepted or not, via the Prose or Poetry Editors. 

  • Once you’ve submitted, the Editors will get back to you with any edits, comments, or revisions. Both of you will work together to revise the piece. 

ART SUBMISSIONS

  • All artists interested in submitting to They Call Us should consider the theme of each edition with their submissions. You are welcome to submit something already completed from your portfolio or create a new work.  

  • Each work submitted should include the following in the body of their email: Title of work, medium in which the work was completed, names and pronouns of contributing artists, and your social media accounts so we can credit all artists accordingly. 

  • Quality of work should be a digital print or scan for two dimensional pieces, or high quality photo for three dimensional pieces. Please submit your piece as either a jpeg or png, in full color if applicable.

  • You are more than welcome to submit multiple pieces for an edition, although each piece submitted will be judged individually unless it is considered part of a series.

  • A personal response is always returned via the Art Director, whether you were accepted or not.

  • If your work is accepted, you will converse with the Art Director for next steps. If your work is not accepted, it is most likely due to a high influx of submissions or because it does not fit the theme of the edition. We rarely turn away submissions for any other reason and always encourage applicants to submit again in the future.

SUBMISSION DISCLAIMER

  • All artists and authors who have submitted to They Call Us and have been accepted should acknowledge their consent to the following: 

    • They Call Us has permission to post writing excerpts or artwork to our social media accounts and website, as well as use authors’ work for publicity purposes. All of this will include proper accreditation to authors and artists. 

    • They Call Us has permission to request writing edits and suggestions, as well as make minor edits and changes to artwork in order to create the layout of the zine. Art edits can include but are not always limited to cropping edges and slight color changes (this happens naturally with printing). Any writing suggestions will not go into the zine without the author's final approval. 

    • By submitting to They Call Us, you recognize and accept this artistic process. If you have any objections to these guidelines, please communicate that to us in your submission email. 

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