Submission Guidelines for Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Book Reviews & Art
SPECIAL TRANSLATION ISSUE
Able Muse will be releasing a Special Translation Issue, guest edited by Charles Martin, and forthcoming Summer, 2014. Special submission guidelines for this issue are available here.
(For usual submission of poetry, fiction, art & photography, non-fiction, essays, book reviews, and interviews, continue reading below.)
For poetry and poetry translations, fiction, art & photography, non-fiction, essays, book reviews, and interviews, we invite submission for the forthcoming, regular issues of Able Muse.
Able Muse predominantly publishes metrical poetry and poetry translation complemented by art and photography, fiction and non-fiction including essays, book reviews and interviews with a focus on metrical and formal poetry. We are looking for well-crafted poems of any length or subject that employ skillful and imaginative use of meter and rhyme, executed in a contemporary idiom, that reads as naturally as your free verse poems. All forms of formal poetry are welcome. We will also publish, occasionally, the exceptional free verse poem. For an example of what we're interested in, check the poetry of Philip Larkin, James Merrill, Elizabeth Bishop, Derek Walcott, Marilyn Hacker, Richard Wilbur, Anthony Hecht....
The best way to become acquainted with any publication is to read its recent issues. We invite you to enjoy and study our online archives or—better yet—to subscribe to Able Muse print edition at the Able Muse Press website here.
Able Muse seeks to publish established as well as new voices. We read everything and publish only the best. Send your best!
Send only previously unpublished poems. No simultaneous submissions, please. Contributions that have already been published or are being considered for publication elsewhere are not eligible to be considered for publication in Able Muse, unless a cross-publishing arrangement has previously been negotiated.
Send 1 to 5 poems and a brief bio. A cover letter would be nice but is not mandatory. The online submission form is the preferred medium of submission, but we also welcome submission by mail to submission AT ablemuse DOT com. When submitting mutliple poems via email, please we encourage sending us just one email containing all the poems for consideration as opposed to one email per poem. Response time varies from 2 to 12 weeks.
Able Muse also welcomes humorous or light poetry.
We also invite submission of short fiction (maximum of 2 stories per submission, 4000 words or less per story). We will consider longer pieces of exceptional merit. Our emphasis is on literary fiction; Able Muse is not a venue for fantasy, romance, horror, action-adventure, gratuitous violence, or inspirational/sentimental genres.
Also welcome are interviews, book reviews and essays on metrical poetry (maximum of 2 essays per submission, 4000 words or less per essay, but here also, we'll consider longer pieces of exceptional merit,) photography and artwork (black & white preferred, although we will also consider colored work. Submit in JPG or GIF format, or a URL with the images. When sending a URL, please indicate the specific images you are submitting, not just a link to your website or blog.)
Able Muse now accepts submissions throughout the year, and we endeavor to publish new issues two to three times a year. Accepted work of poetry, fiction, nonfiction or art will be targeted to the appropriate forthcoming issue. After making a submission, please do not send us another of the same type until we have had a chance to respond to the previous one.
Able Muse acquires first-time electronic publication rights. We also reserve the right to republish it in a future electronic and/or print anthology. Back issues are archived indefinitely. Rights return to the author after publication: authors retain their copyright, however, so after their contribution has appeared in Able Muse, they may republish their text in any manner they wish—electronic or print—as long as they clearly acknowledge Able Muse as its original place of publication.
Able Muse is a not-for-profit publication. For the print edition, we pay in contributors' copies.
Please, track your submissions and our response time on Duotrope.
This is the preferred method of submission --
It's simple and even provides you a means of tracking the status of your submission online. Besides, we will be able to process and respond to your submission faster than with other methods!
Use our online submission system here .
We describe here the email and snail mail submission methods.
(Note that the e-mail submission method is being phased out. We strongly encourage using the online submission method described earlier, which is the preferred method.)
If you still must submit by e-mail, then send your submissions as Word, WordPerfect, HTML, PDF, ASCII attachments (or simply copy 'n paste into the e-mail) to:
If you cannot use the online or e-mail method, then you may submit by snail/postal mail: send your submission to (including SASE). Be aware though that we're phasing out snail mail submissions soon, so it's strongly recommended that you submit using the electronic method indicated above. Also for snail mail submissions, expect twice the delay, if not longer, in getting a response back from us! But if you must still, send to the address below, exactly as indicated, or else, it may be returned to you unopened! --
NOTE: WE NO LONGER ACCEPT SNAIL MAIL SUBMISSIONS FOR GENERAL SUBMISSIONS. Submit only using the electronic methods indicated above. The address below is provided as an option ONLY for those entering our contests, the Able Muse Write Prize, and/or the Able Muse Book Prize. Even then we still strongly discourage snail mail submissions and recommend that contest submissions be made through one of the electronic methods indicated above. Any non-contest snail mail submissions will be returned to you, unopened! And you've been warned!
Alex Pepple, Editor
Able Muse Review
467 Saratoga Avenue, #602
San Jose, CA