Due to GDPR guidelines in the UK, we ask that you do not give us your home address, any phone number or any extra information that we have not asked for. Your name, your submission and a short bio suffices. We do not want nor will we ever use any other information. We do not send out newletters, we have no use for your personal information and we ask that you do not supply it.
We read submissions all year round- but due to the vast amount of submissions we receive, our Submittable account shuts down monthly, very rapidly so if we're closed for submissions it means we've hit our limit for that month! If you miss a deadline, your work will automatically be considered for the next issue. Our response times vary but it is generally about six weeks.
Please only submit ONCE per issue. Submit all your work in one file, please. Structure your submissions EXACTLY as you'd see them in a book. Do not double–space, do not double–space after a full stop/period. Otherwise this takes us a lot of time to correct that does not need to be taken– and if you do, we will not be happy. We'll love you for abiding by this and it's very easy, really.
If you are not accepted for publication, wait until we are reading for the subsequent issue. It helps us with backlog and we will very much appreciate you for it! A short, professional cover letter is appreciated with 50-100 word third person bio.
If you're submitting fiction or non–fiction, a synopsis is not needed. Don't ruin it for us.
Please take care to submit according to our guidelines. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to pay our contributors at present. Read our guidelines on the website in full.
Before submitting please take some time to have a read through of Anomaly Literary Journal's previous issues to familiarise yourself with the various styles of work we are looking for. Thanks for submitting, we look forward to reviewing your work!
Any artists with some decent experience (or none!) are welcome to send their work and a profile of themselves, their work, their themes etc (but this is not necessary, it's entirely up to you). We are open to all styles of artwork, please ensure it is a high resolution however- it makes our lovely Art & Graphics Editor Joseph Birdsey's job much easier!
Please send a minimum of six pieces (we'd prefer more like ten but we're open to whatever you have). We are accepting anything from paintings, photography, sketches, screens, you name it we are open to it. We can't stress enough that the artwork is just as important to us as the literary side of the journal, we don't see it as additional but integral.
Look at each issue of Anomaly Literary Journal so far to see what we tend to go with when it comes to artwork. It's not exclusive but it should give you an idea of what we lean toward- but in saying that, it's so subjective, send your artwork/photography in. Beauty is, after all, in the eye of the beholder.
We require that submissions of artwork or photography be sent in large files at as high a resolution as possible.
Please submit up to ten poems. Poems are not limited to a particular length. Five or more poems is best as it gives us a broader understanding of your work.
Submit no more than six pieces per submission. Please try to adhere to a reasonable word count, due to time and effort, this will have to be limited to an absolute maximum of 2,000-5,000 words per piece. If you think we're really going to love a slightly longer piece, by all means send it. With fiction preferably structure it as you would see it structured in a book. It saves us a lot of time and we will very much like you for it.
Any and all subjects are welcome but again, like poetry submissions, we will take only the highest quality no matter what the style.
Flash fiction is accepted but we tend be rather picky but by all means send your best- sometimes there's nothing more satisfying than a well crafted flash piece! (Did that sound dirty?...)
There are no rules for biographical non-fiction, except adherence to a word-count of between 2,000-5,000 words on any topic and up to three submissions at once.
However, under the header of 'commentary', there is most definitely room for social commentary pieces in the line of something similar to Maeve Brennan's The Long Winded Lady columns for The New Yorker throughout the 50's and 60's- or something similar. We're not adverse to the idea of a running column within the journal, if any journalists or writers out there feel they have something that might be of interest in that vein.
For our podcast with Issue 3, we sneakily decided to throw in a demo our Editor in Chief Oli Tatler had done. We liked it and we'd like to do it again, so if you're a singer/songwriter and you'd like to be featured, by all means send us a recording and we'll treat them just the same as regular submissions.
However, of course, the quality for this is going to naturally be higher (the recording quality needs to be clear and audible) but we thought it might be a fun thing to do! So if you're a musician/singer/songwriter and you fancy submitting something, feel free.