Submission Guidelines

Masque & Spectacle reads submissions for its bi-annual issues November 1 – February 20 and May 1 – August 20.

We do not accept previously published work, and we ask for First Electronic Rights and Non-Exclusive Archival Rights upon acceptance.

For any queries, please contact us at

Fiction & Nonfiction & Hybrid Prose
We’re interested in prose that has a sense of poetry. We publish fiction, essays, literary journalism, and hybrid formats. Longer works, up to 8,000 words, will be read with delight. Please send all prose submissions to

Please attach written submissions in a single Word doc or docx file.
Include the word “PROSE” in the email subject line.

We are looking for all forms of poetry, including formal and experimental work. Longer works are acceptable if the content/form necessitate and best self-editing is practiced.

New poets are as welcome as veterans. Poems that have an association to artistic works (music, visuals, performance, film, etc.) are encouraged. Masque & Spectacle welcomes and encourages a variety of voices, including those that identify themselves as “non-traditional.” The worlds of art and language have no boundaries. No subject is off limits, but exploitive hate or pornographic work will not be accepted. While we fully support creative expression, we are also sensitive to purposefully inflammatory language and images.

Send 3-5 poems per proposal via email to, as an attached Word doc or docx file. Please make sure that each poem is clearly distinguished from the others included in your attached document.
Include the word “POETRY” in the email subject line.

We welcome 10-minute plays. No full-length plays will be considered at this time.

While traditional plays are welcome, we are particularly interested in innovative and/or interdisciplinary texts that break new ground, either in relation to their subject matter, or in how the text itself is performed/written/represented on stage.

Playwrights may submit one previously unpublished 10-minute play for consideration. The script should be accompanied by a cover letter, which includes your name, address, phone number, and email address. Proper playwriting format should be used.  If you are uncertain about this format, several examples can be found online.

Send drama submissions to Attach written submissions in a single Word doc or docx file, and include the word “DRAMA” in the email subject line.

We are looking for reviews of novels, short story collections, poetry (including chapbooks), plays, art criticism, and cultural criticism. Books from small presses are generally preferred over larger ones. Please do not review works by personal friends or teachers/mentors. Reviews should be honest, critical, and have an unbiased, fair tone. We do not want “cheerleaders” or “bashers.” By the end of your review, readers should have a good understanding of what the book is about, what the author is attempting to do, an insight into the ideal audience for the work, and potential strengths and weaknesses of it. Reviews should be 750-1,000 words and follow the most recent MLA format. All reviews should include Title, author, publisher, year, ISBN, and number of pages of the book. At the end of the review, please provide a brief bio and your qualifications as a reviewer.

Please send reviews to Include the word “BOOK REVIEW” in the email subject line.

Visual Art
Please send files as jpgs and include any captions with titles, materials, canvas size, names of performers, etc. in email. Please send all art submissions to
Include your last name in the file name and the word “ART” in the email subject line.

For initial consideration, please send a YouTube or Vimeo link to your video. Send all video submissions to
Please include the word “VIDEO” in the email subject line.

Music & Sound Installation
Please attach all MP3 files with titles and your last name in the file title. Send all sound submissions to
Include the word “SOUND” in the email subject line.