There are slightly more detailed guidelines below, under their respective categories, but most boil down to the pretty self-explanatory titles of the categories (web poetry, web fiction, etc.) and "familiarize yourself with the journal, be awesome, etc."
We ask for first publication rights, meaning not previously published, and after publication you're of course welcome to reprint your piece, collected in a book or an anthology or wherever, ideally crediting it as first published in Hobart. Simultaneous submissions are fine/encouraged.
We unfortunately do not pay.
September 2020 Note: Some columns—Jukebox Happy Hour, My First..., Comics—are temporarily closed while we play catch-up.
Also, rather than here through Submittable, if you would like to submit a 'rejected Modern Love essay' or a 'fucked up Modern Love essay' for our new Sunday feature, please email Elizabeth Ellen (email@example.com) thank you! (please note: Elizabeth will only be replying to acceptances.)
If you have any questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, however, that most correspondence regarding submissions (withdrawals, etc) should be done here, via our online submission manager. If you tried that and didn't hear back, we probably didn't get notified of your comment; please do email!
The nitty gritty:
We, of course, recommend you be at least vaguely familiar with what we have published in the past. Once that is out of the way, there really isn't much more we can tell you. More instructions would really only clutter this page, wouldn't it? We want stories that are what we like to call "web-friendly" meaning, shorter than about 2,000 words or so though 1,000 or less is even better.
Submit only one story at time, not more than 2,000 words (but shorter than this has a better chance, to be honest). If you're submitting short shorts (around 400 words or less), you can submit up to three stories in a single file. Multiple submissions will be deleted unread.
—Kimberly Bliss, Evan Fleischer, & Joshua Hebburn, Web Editors
Pretty much see: "WEB FICTION" but, you know, make it non.
Also note that we tend to like our nonfiction to be more about something and less "short memoir"-y pieces, if that makes any sense. If we think of a better way to explain that, we'll update this description.
Wordcount limit isn't super strict but is somewhere around 2500, with 500-2k being our real website sweet spot.
— Aaron Burch, Laura Gill, & Frances Dinger
September: All this month, submissions are being read by Aaron Burch and Guest Co-Editor Mitchell Nobis. Read some of Mitch's great poems on Hobart here. (We aren't really looking for anything in particular. Surprise us!)
Send us 3 to 5ish previously unpublished poems in a single document along with a brief cover letter.
—Emma Heldman, Web Poetry Editor
A few months ago, I tweeted:
"Would be into doing a series on Hobart part review, part personal essay where writers pick up a Vintage Contemporary book they’ve never even heard of before...
Feel like this works best if you just go to your local used bookstore and find one of those VC spines for a book you’ve never even heard of and just get it. (If you kinda wanna do this but have no money, I’ll venmo you $10 to make possible.)"
And so here, now, is that thrown-off tweet turned reality.
I'm open to pitches but would rather read a full piece.
Feel like the sweet spot for these is probably going to be 1k–2k words, but I'm open to reading anything under 4k (?) with no minimum.
I think that's it?
Here's the first one, although whether yours ends up anything at all like this one or not is up to you. Surprise me! Surprise yourself!
"Learning the Difference Between John Updike and Upton Sinclair, and More; Nicholson Baker’s U and I In Three Days" by Evan Williams