We read 6 weeks on, 6 weeks off. We're off. We will read for the April '21 issue February 1 through March 15. Please put Feb 1 on your calendar and submit then. Thanks!
Unbroken is a quarterly online journal that seeks to showcase prose poems, both from established and emerging voices. We desire to give the block, the paragraph, the unlineated prose, a new place to play. Or to crash on the couch for a while after breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend.
WHAT TO SUBMIT:
We seek prose poems. (We do not publish lined poetry.) Both traditional and innovative works are welcome. We want dark and disquieting, we want fanciful and funny, we want surreal and surprising. We want stunning and unusual imagery, and language that compels.
To get some idea of the kind of content we like, check out current and past issues.
The editors of Unbroken seek prose poems that transcend the boundaries of conventional storytelling. Of course, we believe that submissions should be coherent and intelligible, but also that coherence can be achieved through style, tone, imagery, and even transgressive methods. Linear narratives with predictable situations and language will be discounted. We want prose that smolders in the ditch. We want it to cry. Maybe laugh at inappropriate times. We want it to knock on our doors in the middle of the night and demand to be let in, fed, given black coffee, and assured that life isn’t completely insane. We want prose poems that have been fired from multiple jobs and have gaps in their resumes which cause them to perspire in interviews. Poems that listened to “Venus in Furs” daily for the entire year of 1993. We want poems that are the perfect carrot cake at your aunt’s house. We want poems that need extensive dental work because of unfortunate incidents outside bars in Phoenix or Indianapolis or Mobile. Finally, we want submission guidelines that don’t read like Dale Wisely got his hands on them.
We read 6 weeks on and 6 weeks off.
In any given reading period, submit up to 3 pieces.
We do final acceptances for each issue shortly after then end of each reading period. Here's our calendar of reading periods.
UNPUBLISHED WORK ONLY:
We do not accept previously published works (including self-publishing and blogs). Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
We do not have a rigid word limit, but we tend to favor shorter, punchier pieces. If you send us something that’s more than 500 words, it really needs to knock our socks off.
Cover letters are not essential, but please provide a brief (around 35 words) third-person bio in your email. We reserve the right to edit bios.
Do not supply line breaks. We are looking for blocks of text. Not necessarily opposed to paragraph breaks, but prefer the single block of text.
If your work is accepted, we may fix at our discretion minor grammatical problems. For anything more involved, you will be contacted for clarification. We are unable to provide feedback on work we do not accept.
We know your rights:
If your work is accepted, you agree to give Unbroken Journal first serial electronic rights to your work and nonexclusive electronic and print rights in perpetuity. This means we can archive your work on our website indefinitely and include it in potential future publications and anthologies. Otherwise, all rights revert to the author upon publication.
If you publish the work elsewhere in the future, we ask that credit be given to Unbroken Journal for first publication.
We cannot pay our contributors at this time. We do, however, promote our authors on social media and we usually nominate for The Pushcart and the Best of the Net anthology. Follow us on Twitter for updates @unbrokenjournal