NOTE ON HAD: if you came here looking for HAD submissions and it's not listed below... it's cause they're closed. :(
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) thank you! (please note: Elizabeth will only be replying to acceptances.)
If you have any questions, feel free to email email@example.com.
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.
—Evan Fleischer, Lauren Grabowski, & Kimberly Bliss, 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
Our Poetry Guest Editor for May is Michael Sun (@theprodigal_sun)!
Michael has had a couple of poems on our companion site, HAD:
In addition to just loving both, I love how the pair show off a combo of important, timely representation and more fun, kinda goofy pop culture that feels so Hobarty to me, and I'm excited to see what all he gets and selects this month!
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.
—Doug Paul Case, Dorothy Chan, & Emma Heldman, Web Poetry Editors
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.