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
For May, Aaron Burch is reading nonfiction.
2500 wordcount max is still a good goal, but I'm open to stuff up to 3 or 4k words. I'm going to keep an ongoing thread of stuff I'm looking for and some fave cnf I've published in the past on Twitter. Can't wait to read your submissions!
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
Send us 3 to 5ish previously unpublished poems in a single document along with a brief cover letter.
—Emma Heldman, Web Poetry Editor