13th Floor Magazine seeks writing + art

Submission Guidelines

How We Publish

13th Floor Magazine will be publishing twice a year, at the start of the Spring and Fall semesters. Each issue will be an ebook and print edition sold via Amazon.com. The ebook will be free for the first week of publication, as well as all previous issues. We are a student run and self funded organization, and unfortunately cannot pay authors or artists. Please use this free promotional week to obtain your copy of the ebook.

Publishing to Amazon means that anyone in the world can purchase the ebook and read your work. Our very first issue was read by over 100 people in the US, Italy, Canada, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. It’s a great opportunity for exposure!

Types of Work Accepted

Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, micro-fiction, novella, personal essays, comics, drama, painting, photography, transcripts, epic poems — there are no limits to your creativity. Put your heart and soul into it!

Reading Period

Ongoing. Submission deadlines for individual issues will be publicized.

Submission Format – Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction

  • Files should be in the following formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf
  • Files should be named as the title of the piece and the genre only (e.g. MockOrange_poetry.doc).
  • Do not put your name anywhere in the document. Do not put your name in the filename. We read blind, so that our editors do not know the name of the submitter.
  • Include a brief bio in the body of your email (NOT in your submission document file) maximum 150 words. How you write your bio is up to you, but remember to keep it professional and as polished as your submission. If your submission is accepted for publication, your bio will be included in the magazine. Bios may be edited.
  • Indicate the genre your piece fits into. For example, prose poetry, flash fiction, micro fiction, noir, short fiction, nonfiction, etc.
  • All prose and poetry should be double spaced and in a standard font such as Times New Roman or Arial.
  • Ensure your submission has been thoroughly edited for spelling and grammar so that it represents your best work possible. We follow the standards of the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.
  • For more tips on professionally formatting your document for submission, please read Formatting 101 by Marlys Pearson.

Submission Format – Visual Art

  • A professional-quality photograph should be taken of your artwork and submitted as a  .jpg minimum 300 dpi. Consider presentation when taking your photograph. For example, if you are taking a photo of your painting, be sure it’s not angled and is cropped appropriately. If you are taking a photo of your sculpture, choose a simple background free from clutter such as furniture and doorways. Photograph using natural or natural-colored lighting to preserve the integrity of your colors. Ensure your image is free of glares that will make it hard to see your work.
  • Do not put your name in the filename. Use the title of your work in the filename only.
  • Include a brief bio in the body of your email (NOT in your submission document file) maximum 150 words. How you write your bio is up to you, but remember to keep it professional and as polished as your submission. If your submission is accepted for publication, your bio will be included in the magazine. Bios may be edited.
  • Indicate the medium your artwork is in. For example, “oil paint on canvas” or “felt, buttons, cotton thread and polyfil in sculpture format.”
  • If your work is chosen for the cover, we may need to alter the dimensions in order to accommodate the cover format. If you do not want to be considered for the cover, please indicate that in the body of your email submission.

Email Submission

Once you have professionally prepared your submission, email it to 13thfloormagazine@gmail.com. Don’t forget to include your bio in the body of your email!

Good Luck!

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