What kind of work are the editors looking for?
Check out an interview with us here, in which we talk about the type of submissions we appreciate receiving.
What should my cover letter say?
Keep your cover letter simple and to the point (We like a cover letter, we consider it polite). Tell us only:
- Your name: your real name. We’re fine publishing work under pseudonyms, but we like to know who we’re talking to.
- Titles of submitted work. No need to provide a synopsis, unless the piece being submitted is part of a larger work.
- A brief third-person bio. Keep your bio simple and brief. No cats. (See below.)
Also, we really appreciate it if you get our name right: B O D Y. All caps. One space between each letter. Submitters who say they’re big fans but don’t get our name right lose credibility.
Why do I have to include a bio?
The bio is important in so far as it tell us (and our readers) something about the writer. The information we’re most interested in is a writer’s publication history, where they live, what they do. Bios should be brief. If you have no prior publications, that’s fine. We care more about the quality of your work than who else has published it.
What should be in my bio?
Keep your bio simple and brief. Stick to the basics. And, please, no cat bios. We like kittens, and even cats, but authors who mention cats or other pets in their bios or otherwise try to be overly cutesy do so at their own risk.
Do you accept simultaneous submissions?
Yes! We accept simultaneous submissions – but please let us know as soon as someone else beats us to it. We’ll try to get back to you within six weeks, but may take longer. Just a note: we assume submitters who repeatedly submit work then withdraw it a few days later are probably submitting indiscriminately and don’t really care about getting work into B O D Y.
What should I do if part of my submission is accepted elsewhere?
Go to your Submittable account and send us a note stating which poems you’d like to withdraw from consideration at B O D Y.
Can I submit or publish under a pseudonym?
A poet may publish under a pseudonym, but must submit under their legal name and inform us of their desire to publish under a pseudonym prior to publication (ideally, let us know in the cover letter).
How long should I wait before enquiring about a submission?
Please wait at least 3 months before writing to us. We receive dozens of submissions every day and we make sure to review and discuss each one for coming to a decision.
Can I edit my work after I’ve submitted it?
If you’d like to edit your work after submission, simply withdraw your original submission via Submittable and resubmit the work with the new edits. If we have already accepted a piece of work, the time for edits has passed.
How many times a year can I submit?
Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we ask that you submit your work no more than three times per calendar year.
Does B O D Y nominate work for prizes?
B O D Y nominates poetry, essays and fiction for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net anthologies. All work published throughout the year will be considered for nomination.
Does B O D Y pay authors?
Unfortunately, B O D Y is currently unable to offer payment but we do widely promote all work published in B O D Y.
Please read the submission guidelines for each category carefully before submitting to B O D Y.
- Each submission should include a short cover letter and a short 3rd-person bio on the first page of the submission. Please keep bios short and relevant.
- Include your last name in the title of your submission.
- If submitting work from a book already accepted by a publisher, please notify us of this (and the anticipated publication date) in your cover letter.
- Please do not submit previously published work.
- Only one submission at a time will be considered. Do not submit another manuscript before we have replied to your first.
Please note: Submissions which do not follow the category guidelines will not be read.
B O D Y retains first electronic rights to all work.
All rights return to the author upon publication in B O D Y, however, we appreciate a standard acknowledgement should the work first appearing in B O D Y be later republished at another venue.
B O D Y retains the right to archive the work on our website.
- Please submit your work on ONE document.
- Submit up to 5 poems.
- Each poem should start a new page.
FICTION, NON-FICTION, ESSAYS AND IDEA PIECES
B O D Y is always looking for engaging prose, whether a short story, personal essay, piece of criticism, or excerpt from a longer work of literary fiction or non-fiction.
- Submit up to 10 numbered pages of text in a standard 12 pt. font (e.g. Times/Times New Roman/Arial)
- Use an extra space to indicate paragraph breaks
If your prose piece runs over 10 pages, please provide a reason in your cover letter. Writers who submit work longer than 10 pages without explanation risk having their work returned unread.
- Submit up to 40 numbered pages of text in a standard 12 pt. font.
- If submitting an excerpt, please provide a summary context for the entire piece, no longer than 1 page.
- Please include information about previous/future performances of the work, including dates, venues, and collaborators.
Translations are welcome. Please follow the respective category guidelines for poetry and fiction, in addition:
The cover letter must clearly indicate the name of the author, original language and any other relevant information (original press, country, date, etc.) as well as the biographical details of the translated author.
We are always on the look out for artists whose work merits attention. Each publication of artwork is accompanied by an interview with the artist. While we no longer accept submissions of artwork directly, we invite proposal for interviews with artists.
To submit a proposal for an interview, please send us 3-5 examples of the artist’s work (either via weblinks or by uploading example images) and a proposal letter describing:
- the artist’s work and its context
- why you think the artist and/or his/her work merits attention
- the approach you’d take to the interview (include examples of the kinds of questions you’d ask)
Additionally, please include links to any other interviews you’ve done, or to other samples of your writing, as well as information about previous/future exhibitions of the artist’s work, including dates, venues, and collaborators. Please also notify us if the work is already available on any other website (such as the personal artist’s webpage) with links.