We are seeking submissions that are insightful, surprising, inspiring, and creative. Our goal is to showcase art & writings from Appalachian Kentucky and beyond that not only give our people a voice, but also provide more understanding of what it’s like to live with a mental illness or substance use disorder. We believe it’s important for the world to hear these stories, to see and feel the reality of these struggles as well as the beauty that comes from finding help and new life in recovery.
What we’re looking for:
Poetry: up to 5 poems per submission
Fiction: manuscripts up to 16 double-spaced pages (or 4,000 words)
Flash Fiction: manuscripts up to 4 double-spaced pages (or 1,000 words)
Creative Nonfiction: manuscripts up to 20 double-spaced pages (or 5,000 words)
First-Person Accounts: true stories about living with, surviving, or overcoming a mental illness or substance use disorder; manuscripts up to 6 pages (1,000 to 3,000 words)
Comics: at least 3 pages of narrative comics
*Artwork/Photography: Submit up to 3 images at one time.
*Special guidelines & instructions listed below.
DEADLINE for submissions: Nov. 28!
Send no more than 5 submissions per genre at any one time. (In other words, submitting five short stories at the same time is fine, but please don’t submit five poems along with those five short stories. We’d prefer you send us the five poems in a separate submission.)
We’d prefer all submissions to be typed and all prose double-spaced, pages numbered, and with 1-inch margins. Please make sure your name is on each piece you submit.
For typed submissions, please use a normal, easily readable font (e.g., Times New Roman, Calibri, etc.). If we can’t read it, we won’t read it. Also, please use a 10 to 12-point font. Our eyes will thank you!
Exceptions will only be permitted for submissions originating from clinicians or KRCC program directors submitting on behalf of clients.
If your submission is accepted for publication, we will notify you by Dec. 5, 2016.
Upload each entry as one document. We accept doc, docx, pdf, and rtf files. We will also accept Pages documents.
Please do not send originals or the only copy you have of your written work. Submissions will not be returned.
While we encourage self-expression, we will not accept pieces with excessive sexuality, vulgarity, or profanity.
Submissions must be solely the work of the artist. Reproductions or alterations of other artists’ works are not permitted. Images submitted should be digital files and should follow these guidelines:
For all digital images:
Selected images will be automatically entered into a competition for our first issue’s cover art! All submissions will be considered for publication in our journal.
With your submission, please send:
1. Cover Letter: Please note the names/titles of your submissions in your letter, word count, and genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc.). You should also include a brief bio that, in addition to providing details about yourself, indicates your status as a consumer/survivor, family member/friend of a consumer/survivor, KRCC staff, or, if applicable, a writer from the region who has produced a submission in keeping with our theme.
2. Contact Information: Please include your name, complete mailing address, phone number, and email address so that we may contact you about the status of your submission.
We will accept submissions through Nov. 28. Our editors will review each piece as it is received and determine whether it will be featured in our publication. After Nov. 28, we will go through one final round of review and selection during which time the chief editor’s decision is final.
Note: All submissions are subject to editorial correction.
The target publication date for the first issue of Voices is Dec. 9. If your submission is selected for publication, you will receive two complimentary contributor’s copies. You will retain your copyright.
Ready to Send in Your Submission?
Once again, please send all submissions – following the above guidelines – to firstname.lastname@example.org. All questions and inquiries can be directed to Ms. Miller by emailing her or calling 606-666-4351, ext. 1957.
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Artwork and Photography
Charles Parker Boggs, KRCC’s Chief Information Officer, is a multimedia artist with an MFA in painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was awarded the Holderness Fellowship and the Howard Scholarship. He has exhibited widely with shows in New York, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Charles has taught drawing, design, serigraphy, and painting at Averett University, as well as the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has previously worked as a curatorial assistant at the Danville Museum of Fine Art and History, where he was responsible for the display of numerous works of art including pieces by Ansel Adams, Howard Finster, and works by many of the WPA artists. Most recently, he was a visiting artist and guest lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Mindy Beth Miller, KRCC’s Multimedia Writer, lives in Hazard, Kentucky, where she was raised and her family has lived for generations. She is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Spalding University. She was the recipient of the 2008 Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Writing, the largest monetary prize for Appalachian writing, and an Artist Enrichment Grant from The Kentucky Foundation for Women in 2012. Her creative work has also been featured in Appalachian Heritage, The Louisville Review, Still: The Journal, and Degrees of Elevation: Short Stories of Contemporary Appalachia. Her nonfiction work has been published in The Journal of Kentucky Studies. She is currently writing her first novel.