Serving House: A Journal of Literary Arts
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Serving House Journal:
Submission Guidelines

Special Call for Submissions: In addition to our regular submissions, we need tributes for Kowit’s Korner: poems, prose poems, essays, anecdotes, etc. Photographs may be considered as well. For examples of tributes, please see our Steve Kowit Memorial Edition.
SHJ-16 Reading Period: 1 January 2017–28 February 2017
We accept submissions by email only; please submit Word documents as email attachments: servinghousejournal [at] gmail [dot] com

* NOTE: Our editors are way busy—just like you!— so we trust you’ll understand we may not read submissions which do not meet these guidelines.
Reading Periods: Spring Issues: 1 January–28 February
Fall Issues: 1 July–31 August
Launch Dates: Spring issues: 1 May
Fall issues: 1 November
Fiction: Up to 5,000 words
Flash Fiction: Up to 1,500 words
Micro-Essays: Up to 500 words
(CNF, biography, essays, interviews, memoirs, reviews):
Up to 5,000 words
Poetry: Up to 5 poems
(we consider literary works of any genre):
Up to 5,000 words
Visual Arts: Up to five (5) jpegs, 200 DPI, 400–500 pixels wide

Please feel free to send links to your portfolios and galleries as well.

During Spring and Fall reading periods as listed above, please email, as separate attachments, no more than five jpeg files to: SHJWebmaster [at] gmail [dot] com *

* NOTE: Visual Arts submissions only. Other genres will not be considered at this address.
Reprints: Will be considered.

Please be sure to include name of venue and date of the work’s previous publication. Thank you!

We especially need these details when we nominate pieces for the Best of the Net Anthology, the Pushcart Prize, and other competitions with specific requirements about publication dates.
Simultaneous Submissions: Yes, but please let us know right away if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.
Payment: Non-paying at this time
Response Time: up to 6 months

  • Please read Serving House Journal to decide whether your work would be a good fit. You’ll find our mission described on the home page.
  • Our editors prefer to read submissions as Word documents in Verdana font, size 11. If you cannot use Verdana, then a sans-serif font will be easiest to review onscreen and will be most appreciated. For publication, all submissions will be reformatted as necessary to follow house style of “Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif.”
  • Double-space all prose submissions (stories, essays, interviews, etc.), and number your pages sequentially.
  • Single-space poetry, and set poems (line breaks, etc.) as you would want them to appear on a printed page.
  • Be sure to include your name and e-mail address on page one of your manuscript so that we can contact you. Bonus points for also including the genre below the title of your work.
  • Author Bio: Please include at the end of your manuscript a brief bio (175 words max) written in third person. And here’s a tip to endear yourself to busy editors who have no time to retype bios: Please do NOT type book and journal titles all in caps—instead, use italics or underlining. Thanks so much for your understanding.
  • We accept submissions by email only; please submit works as email attachments: servinghousejournal [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Thank you! We look forward to reading your work.
“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury