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 masqueandspectacle@gmail.com.

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 masqueandspectacle@gmail.com

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

Poetry
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 masqueandspectacle@gmail.com, 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.

Drama
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Playwrights may submit one previously unpublished 10-minute play for consideration.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 masqueandspectacle@gmail.com. Attach written submissions in a single Word doc or docx file, and include the word “DRAMA” in the email subject line.

Reviews
We are seeking reviews of novels, short-story collections, chapbooks, poetry, plays, films, musical compositions, and albums. We focus on independent projects and small presses over larger ones. Please do not submit reviews of works by friends, teachers/mentors, or anything published by Arc Pair Press. Please include the strengths and weaknesses of the work in an honest critique devoid of overt bias. Your review should give readers a clear vision of author intent, as well as the audience best-suited for the content.

Accepted lengths for reviews range between 500-1,500 words and must follow current MLA format in a Word or docx attachment. All reviews should include a link to the book page on the publisher’s website, the title, author, publisher, publication year, ISBN, and page length of the work. At the end of the review, include a brief publishable written in third-person.

Please send reviews to masqueandspectacle@gmail.com. Please include the phrase “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 masqueandspectacle@gmail.com
Include your last name in the file name and the word “ART” in the email subject line.

Video
For initial consideration, please send a YouTube or Vimeo link to your video. Send all video submissions to masqueandspectacle@gmail.com
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 masqueandspectacle@gmail.com
Include the word “SOUND” in the email subject line.