Submission Guidelines for Authors and Regular Contributors

Open Thought Vortex Magazine wants your work for publication on this site. All submissions will be selected personally by Shareen or one of our authors in residence .

Expect unusual interactions with your OTV hosts. If your work is of interest, you are of interest. Our correspondence won’t be polished, run-of-the-mill, or even to the point. It might be rambling, random, full of typos and slightly crazed (mostly from Shareen😬). We aren’t your standard publication. While we work with you to iron out the kinks prior to publication, trying to sustain an acceptable level of normalcy for extended periods would push us over the edge when lingering in the vortex is our preferred method of existence.

Consider that before submitting, but rest assured that if we love your work, we’ll work for you.

We want your writing to be its best. OTV receives a lot of positive feedback on our editing process. We are willing to mine the gems and help you polish them. You and your work should shine.

We will accept up to 8-15 pieces per month. We know all writing takes effort and passion. Writers with high readership may be invited on as regular contributors and given their own columns . In addition, we guarantee no other pieces will be published on your publication date, and we will do our best to promote your work on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and our personal networks.

The agreement: This site will retain first digital rights, exclusive publication rights for three months (after which the artist is free to republish on their own site or elsewhere), right to republish in a future print and/or online anthology and OTV requests that future online posts link back to as the original publisher. By agreeing to publication on this site, you agree to these terms. If this suits you, read on!

Please take note of our monthly themes. We ask that you interpret them broadly. Address these themes according to what they mean to you. For example, “faith” is defined as: confidence or trust in a person or thing; or the observance of an obligation from loyalty; or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement; or a belief not based on proof; or it may refer to a particular system of religious belief, such as in which faith is confidence based on some degree of warrant.< em> January:  “Father Time”–time is one of our most useful inventions; we construct our whole life around it.  But time IS an invention, and a malleable one at that, as anyone who “watches the clock” can tell you.  Scientists call time a “direction”, but we can’t go backwards because entropy is the nature of the universe.  This month we would like you to write about time…it could be “the time you did this or that” or the relationships you have with time or even time travel!  Tell us if you watch the clock, beat the clock or stopped the clock.  How is time impacting your choices and your life?  Does anybody really know what time it is?  Does anybody still listen to Chicago’s Greatest Hits, like I do?  So much to discuss!< strong>February:  “Love Letters”–by special request from our publisher, we want you to write us a love letter!  But it need not be romantic (or even in letter format)…write a love letter to a favorite teacher, a grandparent, a pet, a job, a place.  Tells us about someone (or something) that inspired you, uplifted you, changed your path for the better.  Write a love letter to YOURSELF, we strongly encourage this!  Let’s express our gratitude for all the wonderful things life has to offer, even during the bleakest days.  Let’s share the love!< strong>

March’s theme will Be Madness! What are you obsessed with? What strikes your fancy? What can’t you imagine not having ? Feel free to rant or rave ! Confessionals always welcome !

Please note that the submissions deadline is the 15th of the month prior to publication.For example, December 15th is the submission deadline for the January issue.  Due to the volume of submissions we receive, while we try to respond to everyone personally, this may not always happen.  Don’t be discouraged, submit again!  Also, you may be asked if we can publish your work in a future month rather than the one submitted for; this is a compliment, as we want to give you the best publication slot possible.  We often choose our themes based on submissions we love!

OTV is currently accepting work in the following categories with the noted exclusions.

ems totaling under 2,000 words. We aren't looking for pieces of epic length, but we are looking for epic beauty. We prefer 2-3 pieces that work together or as a series. While we are flexible, we treat a series as a single publication unless otherwise specified.

hree short stories or excerpts that can stand on their own and do not surpass 3,000 words. We retain the right to break up and publish your piece in serial format.

Creative Nonfiction<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
ays, personal narratives and slices of memoir that do not surpass 3,000 words. We retain the right to break up and publish your piece in serial format.

Art and Photography<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
in these, but are not currently engaged in their publication other than by request. Please include images by you with your written work. Images are not currently paid with the exception of commissioned pieces from our current Artist in Residence. However, we will consider images with content written about or related to the image. Please submit clear scanned images or photographs as .jpg attachments in email with a title and any information you would like to share about your artist vision, piece concept or what your submission means to you. Compensation for images ranges from $10-$15-exception guest series /regulars.

Email completed pieces and questions along with a bio including social media and prior publication links with the subject heading “Submissions” followed by genre. Submissions should appear in the body of the email rather than as an attachment unless doing so compromises their form. Remember that we generally accept only 8-15 pieces per month, so get your work in now! And make sure to let us know if you would like to be considered as a featured writer or guest.

Regulars will get a regular column and prompts. As a regular we encourage you to update your bio whenever you are published so we can cheer you on.

Due to our growth we are looking to grow our team.<<


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