SUBMIT

The submission guidelines are fairly simple, we promise. But being a small voluntary team, we ask that you read them thoroughly before you hit send. Submissions that are sent without following submission guidelines will be deleted unread. 

submission period

1 December 2022 - 1 March 2023

please note that if we have accepted enough pieces in one or more categories prior to 1 March 2023, then we will close partial/all submissions; do keep an eye on our social media for updates

OPEN FOR SHORT PLAYS & COMICS ONLY

but not for long!

publication schedules

first issue to be released on or before 15 April 2023

kind of work we're looking for

We want your bittersweet wins and the losses you're thankful for. Show us hope. Give us a glimpse of your faith and your spirituality. Tell us why you live. Tell us of the things that keep you sane. We want your dreams. Comfort us. Embrace us. Assure us we're not alone. Shine a light on forgotten places and things. Give us your nostalgia. Make us laugh. Break our hearts. Remind us to breathe. Remind us to love. 

and

We want the things that keep you up at night. Tell us why you're scared of yourself. Smack us in the face. Make us wince. Horrify us. Give us your insanity. Scream. Rebel. Be weird. Share your darkness. Tell us of your addictions. Show us your transgressions, your blasphemy. Give us misery. Give us satire. Cast us into your hell.

submit

fiction/cnf (1 piece of 500-2500 words)

we won't mind you going a little over the word limit. it is the quality of the work that should speak to us

CLOSED FOR PROSE

short plays (1 piece of upto 2500 words)

no limits on the number of acts

OPEN FOR SHORT PLAYS

prose: micro-fiction/cnf/poetry (upto 3 pieces of 200-500 words each)

if the micro-fiction pieces are interconnected like a series/triptych, mention that in the cover letter

CLOSED FOR PROSE

poetry (upto 6 poems of under 50 lines each)

CLOSED FOR POETRY

art/photographs (upto 10 pieces)

CLOSED FOR ART & PHOTOGRAPHY

short comics/graphic narratives (1 - 3 pieces)

preference for single-page pieces. we will only publish one piece by one artist per issue but if we like the rest of the pieces, we will, with the artist's permission, reserve them for subsequent issues

OPEN FOR COMICS

book reviews (on solicitation only, please email a pitch, guidelines same as below)

CLOSED FOR BOOK REVIEWS

things to keep in mind

cover letters: yes please, keep it short and crisp, 'Dear Editors' is fine

bios: BIG FAT NO, we'll solicit contributor bios & photos upon acceptance

multiple submissions: no, please submit in any one category at a time

resubmissions: a person whose fiction/cnf is rejected may submit poetry. others, please wait for the next submission period. also, do not resubmit a rejected piece unless we request a revision

sim-subs: yes, just let us know upon acceptance elsewhere & withdraw

reprints: not unless the previous publication is defunct or unless your piece has only appeared in print. either way, let us know the details in the cover letter. you also need to have reprint rights

response time: within a month (often sooner), but please don't query before 60 days (for issue one, we'll try to get back to all contributors within 15 march 2023)

submission fees: no

payment: no (sorry, no funds, but we hope to in the future)

other stuff:

We have a strict policy against plagiarism and work deliberately intended to offend any person or group. Upon receiving such submissions, we reserve the right to ban you permanently from submitting to our magazine.

Our readers are (hopefully) mature adults. Eroticism/sensuality in literature and art is wonderful, but we will reject pornographic work.

Hit us with experimental themes, and difficult subject matters.

Your work may be political but we don't want to be preached at.

While we love work that brings forth your culture, we don't want religious work intended to proselytize.

send to

thehooghlyreview@gmail.com with the subject [genre] SUBMISSION - [your name]

paste your written work into the body of the e-mail. no attachments will be opened except in the case of art for which please send jpg./png. along with an artist statement pasted into the body of the e-mail.

rights upon acceptance & publication

COPYRIGHT OF THE WORK REMAINS WITH THE CONTRIBUTOR.

We ask for First Electronic Publication Rights and credits when your work is republished.

We also ask for Archival Rights on our website indefinitely. Additionally, our issues will be PDFs, so it will not be possible for us to unpublish your work for any reason whatsoever.

We will, however, be able to retract work via announcement if we are legally required to. Additionally, there will be suo motu retraction on our part in case we discover plagiarised content or someone, whether the original creator or someone else, brings it to our notice.

If we ever plan an anthology from the work published in our magazine, we'll request permission from the contributor.

We will try our best to nominate our contributors for awards.