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Applause Literary Journal - Issue 33 Submissions

Applause publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art, and photography that exhibits practiced craft and polished style. We are interested in authentic and personal work that displays an understanding of craft and creativity. We want work that honors tradition and respects risks.

We are currently considering submissions for Issue 33 from 11/13/2022 until 3/14/2023.

Applause is an annual, full-online journal with a strong web platform allowing us to offer an immersive reading experience as we showcase in each issue the writing that moves us most during our reading period. We acquire First North American Serial Rights. We pay $25 per contributor. Work selected for publication will receive both publication and national exposure through our social media support systems. Our response time is approximately one to three months.

 

Each annual issue is a (loosely) themed issue. Our current call for submissions is as follows:

 

Happy Tears

 

During our 2021-2022 reading cycle, we want to feel your happy tears that help us cry our own. We’re looking for poems, stories, essays, and artwork that get us giggling, get us laughing until we cry, that make us want to say to someone, “Hey, I know you need some good, check this out.”

 

Happy tears can come from anywhere on life’s pendulum and we want to see the gamut of what can constitute happy tears as a theme for our 32nd issue. We’re looking for life’s nuanced moments crafted in ways that make us shake our heads or wish the story were nonfiction if it is fiction, the kind of nonfiction story so funny and weird that it can’t be made up, the kind of poems that are both, and pieces of art and photography that make our bodies smile.

Genre Specific Guidelines

Poetry
• Submit up to five poems for consideration.
• All forms will be considered for publication.
• Put the title(s) of the works submitted in the “Title Your Submission Box,” separated by commas.
• If submitting multiple poems in one submission, include them all in a single PDF file with the poems separated by title. Do not put multiple poems on one page or begin a poem on the page another poem ends.

Fiction
• Submit up to one piece for consideration.
• We accept works up to 5,000 words.
• Put the title of the works submitted in the “Title Your Submission Box.”

Creative Nonfiction
• Submit no more than one creative nonfiction piece for consideration.
• We accept creative nonfiction up to 5,000 words.
• Put the title of the works submitted in the “Title Your Submission Box.”

Art & Photography
• Submit up to five pieces for consideration.
• Please upload files in .pdf format.
• Files must be uploaded in 300 dpi for print reproduction.
• Put the title(s) of the works submitted in the “Title Your Submission Box.” If submitting multiple pieces in one submission, include them all in a single PDF file with the pieces separated by title.