What we publish: Redivider publishes new art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that captivates readers while complicating their worldviews; that recognizes craft and genre conventions while working to disrupt them; that features compelling characters, stories, and ideas simultaneous to revealing their flaws, fissures and seams. And while we appreciate work that challenges, we also love to be entertained. Humorous, colorful, and satirical pieces appeal to us too. We celebrate all things real and surreal, time-tested and transgressive, swaggerific and self-conscious. In our pages you’ll find the minimalist, the maximalist, and always—always—the in-betweenist.
Guidelines: Redivider seeks previously unpublished works from new, emerging, and established artists and writers. We welcome general submissions year-round, though since our campus (and much of our staff) clears out over summer, we require a nominal $3 “tip jar” fee per submission May through August. All submissions must go through our Submittable submission manager (we do not accept snail mail or email submissions). We do, however, welcome simultaneous submissions, as long as you withdraw your piece via Submittable as soon as it gets accepted elsewhere (in which case, we offer our hearty congrats). As payment, contributors receive two copies of the issue featuring their work.
For rules, guidelines, and policies regarding our contest submissions, please visit our contest page. Submissions for the Beacon Street Prize open February 1 and close April 30; submissions for the Redivider Blurred Genre Contest open November 15 and close December 31.
We take seriously the business of receiving and considering submissions, and we promise to handle your work with the utmost respect and care. In return, we ask that submitters, before they send their work, do their part by familiarizing themselves with our content through surfing the archive, purchasing back issues, or better yet–subscribing. Our average response time is 3-5 months; after 6 months, you’re welcome to follow up with an email to the appropriate editor.
Please submit no more than once per six-month period (not including contest submissions), and to only one genre at a time. Emerson College students, faculty, and staff–current or within the previous three years–may not submit. We prefer files in PDF or .docx format.
Submissions lengths and tips from our genre editors:
We seek fiction submissions up to 8,000 words that are at once engaging, idiosyncratic, and humane. While our stories can range from the comically absurd to the understated and contemplative, we especially have a fondness for sharply drawn characters, alien but fully realized settings, and concentrated efforts to transgress the trappings of what has come to be known as “literary fiction.” Ultimately, we’re looking for stories that remind us exactly why we got wrapped up in literature in the first place.
Redivider now accepts graphic narratives and illustrated poetry. By graphic or illustrated, we mean drawn media coupled with words in a provocative form that tells a story or expresses an idea. These pieces may range from the brightly humorous to the darkly serious, and may span any number of topics, but above all should maintain a literary focus. Our goal is to publish drawn panels that enhance, challenge, and reveal the texts they accompany. Each piece should total 15 pages max, and selected pieces will be published in black and white. All graphic narratives and illustrated poetry must incorporate title and author’s name into the first page of the submission.
We are looking for nonfiction submissions up to 6,000 words that feature authentic voices speaking to cultural concerns. We want fresh work: essays that play with form and exhibit creativity in their craft. Give us something we haven’t read in workshop or other lit mags and journals. We want work that challenges our readers to think, that raises awareness, and that offers fresh perspectives.
We ask that poets send no more than four poems total, combined into a single document and submission. We are looking for new and under-published voices. Submit what you’re worried to send elsewhere. We want poems with teeth. Lately we’ve been excited about prose poems and sweeps of related poems. Send us your best.
Art submissions can be sent as up to six separate attachments or preferably in a single .zip file. We accept only originals or high-quality copies or scans. No slides, please. If you choose to send your work in digital form, either on optical media or as attachments, each piece must be saved as a separate .TIFF file no larger than 6 x 9 inches and at a resolution of 600 dpi for line art and 300 dpi for all others. If your piece is chosen for the cover, you may be contacted for a larger file. Digital submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be considered. Please query with questions or for alternate submission methods.
**Please note that Redivider prints predominantly in black and white. Color submissions will be considered for the cover, as black-and-white reprints on internal pages, and as color images on the website. We also consider black-and-white images for the cover.