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.
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.
In addition to reading normal fiction submissions all month (October), Evan Fleischer is looking for a couple (a few?) scary stories for publication on and around Halloween. These submissions are open now (Oct. 1) until... probably mid-month or so? In typical Hobart fashion, we're making this up a little last minute and seeing how it goes!
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.
—Evan Fleischer, Lauren Grabowski, & Elle Nash, Web Editors
We want poetry from the margins, words that open new space without closing off recurring possibilities. There's no one type of poem that we prefer of the other, although we're often interested in poetry that doesn't necessarily know it's poetry. We are looking to be moved by the beauty in what is common.
Send us 3 to 5ish previously unpublished poems in a single document along with a brief cover letter.
—Jessie Knoles, Doug Paul Case, & Dorothy Chan, Web Poetry Editors
Guest Editor Andrew Ervin is reading nonfiction all this month.
He writes: I’ll be looking for essays that aren’t afraid of sincerity and I'm particularly interested these days in excellent writing about nature, folklore, and non-Western spiritual traditions. That said, I'll be excited to read any CNF that demonstrates a deep knowledge of something unusual and a willingness to break some rules.
Andrew Ervin is the author of the novel Burning Down George Orwell’s House (Soho Press) and the novella collection Extraordinary Renditions (Coffee House Press). His most recent book is Bit by Bit: How Video Games Transformed Our World (Basic Books, 2017). His short fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, The Southern Review, Fiction International, and elsewhere. He teaches part-time in the MFA program at Temple University and for the School of Interactive Games and Media at Rochester Institute of Technology. Twitter: @andrew_ervin
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 1-2k being our real website sweet spot.
— Aaron Burch, Laura Gill, & Frances Dinger
I was walking my dog today, listening to this Ringer podcast about the best movies of 1999, and Sean Fennessy said The Matrix was "the first DVD I ever owned." And it made me think about how I'm a sucker for these kinds of firsts:
And it made me think that I'd love to read short essays (<1000 words? but I'm making this up as I go) about the first DVD you ever owned, your first CD/tape/record, TV, car, cell phone, computer...
200-400 word album/artist reviews. If you aren't familiar with Jukebox Happy Hour, have a look: Hobart :: Jukebox Happy Hour.
—Micah Ling, Editor
Show Us Your Pictures!We're seeking submissions of photo portfolios for online publication. We aim to showcase work by both emerging and established photographers. Our aesthetic preferences range from documentary/fine art/street photography to surrealist work, but we are open to any genre so long as the pictures reflect the unique voices of their creators.
Submissions should include the following:
- project title
- 12-20 images on any theme from a single body of work
- a 100-word project/work statement (written in the third person)
- a 50-word bio
- a link to your website
Upload 72dpi JPEGs, sized a maximum of 1200 pixels on the longest side. Label the images: 01_LastNameFirstName.jpg.
Submissions will be accepted on an ongoing basis.
-Tara Wray, Photography Editor
If you’re interested in having your work featured please send a few images for consideration. No more than 6, sized to 1200px on the longest side, 72dpi, sRGB, jpeg. Landscape format works best.
We're looking for comics!
You can see the type of stuff we've done here:
ALSO: We have been running serialized comics, "Sunday Comics," rotating through three different series. So, new installment of each every third week. "Those Bears" is, unfortunately, taking a hiatus until January. Interested in serializing a comic on Hobart? Pitch us something! Send some sample art, let's go from there!
A while back, I made a kinda off-handed joke on Facebook about journals charging reading fees, and the comments devolved mostly into jokes and criticizing other journals, and then Kyle Minor commented, "I'd pay $7.23 to submit to Hobart, I think," and so I created this category. Kinda, maybe, at least a little as a joke? But some of y'all are actually paying us $7.23 to consider your submission, hopefully intending it as a kind of donation in goodwill, for which we feel a little quilty but are hugely thankful.
So... basically... if you believe in us, believe that we're trying to do something good, and you want to drop a few dollars in our pockets for, then we appreciate it! And/or if you just think this ridiculously blatant money grab is $7.23 worth of funny, that works, too.
Paying this fee will not get you read any sooner, nor any more "personal comments." Unless you ask for them. Maybe. We'll consider submissions for the web, as print subs are not currently open.
Paying this fee will not get you read any sooner, nor any more "personal comments."
We'll consider submissions for the web right now, as print subs are closed.