Submitting to the Magpie Messenger?
Submissions are open for:
Winter Solstice 2022: Frost — deadline December 1st
Spring Equinox 2023: Retro — deadline March 1st
Works that reflect the theme will be given priority.
For organizational purposes, please include all requested information in your first email. All submissions should include the author's name, social media links and/or QR code, as well as an author photo no smaller than 8.5"x11" and 200 dpi. Written submissions should be included in the body of the email or a .doc or .docx file, not a .PDF. Failure to follow these guidelines may lead to the dismissal of your submission. Submitting content is free. In the event of acceptance, you will receive a contract with an offer of a one-time compensation of either $10 or a print edition of the journal.
All submitted content must be original— Curious Corvid Publishing maintains a strict no-tolerance policy for plagiarism—attempting to submit stolen content as your own may result in legal action.
Read below for more information on how to submit different kinds of content.
We accept the following types of submissions
for the Magpie Messenger:
(please specify the issue you are submitting to)
You may submit up to five poems with a maximum of 2,500 words total. Poetry should not include explicit, offensive, or triggering themes, such as child abuse or sexual assault.
Short stories should be no longer than 2,500 words. Content should not include explicit, offensive, or triggering themes, such as child abuse or sexual assault.
Articles should be no longer than 2,500 words and should include citation of any sources used. Articles containing unfounded or unsupported claims will be dismissed. Topics related to personal experience/growth as an artist, the publishing industry (mainstream or indie), literary analysis, writing advice, and book reviews will be given priority.
Artwork must be related to the theme of the issue. All mediums are accepted. File submission should be a PDF, JPG, or PNG format at no less than 300 dpi/ppi.
Recipes should be related to the theme of the issue or the season. Recipes with incomplete or difficult to follow instructions will not be accepted.
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Before you submit:
All submissions must be the author’s own creative work.
At all times, the right of the author to the intellectual copyright of their work will be maintained.
Curious Corvid Publishing guarantees the privacy and intellectual property of the author and will maintain said privacy at all times.
No information regarding the author’s personal details will be disclosed to any third parties without the express permission of said author.
Curious Corvid Publishing may use personal details (such as email or phone number) to contact the author, but will not share contact information without the author’s consent.
We do not accept academic or foreign language submissions. These submissions will be automatically removed and you may not hear back from us.
Submissions for books are temporarily closed.
What books are we looking for?
Completed manuscripts will be given priority. They do not have to be fully formatted or edited but should be a completed book idea. We do not publish chapbooks. Poetry collections must reach a minimum of 100 pages once fully formatted. If you have any questions, you can reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Novels / Novellas:
Completed manuscripts will be given priority. They do not have to be fully formatted or edited but should be a completed book idea. Manuscripts for novels do not have a page or word count but we do require your manuscript to have been drafted at least twice before submission. This saves time with the editing process if we are not having to rework large portions of work. If you have any questions, you can reach out to us at email@example.com.
All works should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Manuscript Submission" in the subject line.
We will respond to all manuscripts within three months. We appreciate your patience with the long wait - we are a very small indie press which means fewer staff people. We treat each submission with equal importance and believe in making sure we consider each one thoroughly.