Update:

Our reading period has closed, and we are now in the process of contacting all writers and artists about the status of their work. We received a large volume of submissions for our first issue and have appreciated your patience as we’ve given each submission special care and consideration.

A release date for the inaugural issue of Voices will be announced soon.

Posted: Dec. 9


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KRCC is pleased to announce the inaugural issue of Voices, a literary journal recognizing and presenting creative talent from the Kentucky River region and beyond. KRCC staff and clients, as well as writers from throughout the region, are invited to submit their best prose, poetry, photography, and artwork by Nov. 28.

All submissions of photography and artwork will be automatically entered into a competition for our first issue’s cover art!


Note: You do not have to have a mental health issue or substance abuse disorder to submit to our journal. For instance, your fiction might feature a character dealing with a mental health issue or substance abuse disorder (i.e., alcoholism, depression, drug addiction, bipolar disorder, trauma after rape, etc.).

Now Accepting Submissions!

KRCC is pleased to announce the inaugural issue of Voices, a literary journal recognizing and presenting creative talent from the Kentucky River region and beyond. KRCC staff and clients, as well as writers from throughout the region, are invited to submit their best prose, poetry, photography, and artwork by Nov. 28 for the issue to be released in December 2016.
All submissions of photography and artwork will be automatically entered into a competition for our first issue’s cover art!

Submissions

Submissions should be sent to mindy.miller@krccnet.com. If KRCC clinicians or members of KRCC staff need to mail submissions on behalf of clients, please send submissions to Mindy Miller at Community Way through the agency mail courier.

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Submissions

Submissions should be sent to mindy.miller@krccnet.com. If KRCC clinicians or members of KRCC staff need to mail submissions on behalf of clients, please send submissions to Mindy Miller at Community Way through the agency mail courier.

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)

Novel Excerpts: manuscripts from 1,500 to 6,500 words (up to 25 double-spaced pages)

Comics: at least 3 pages of narrative comics

Note:
We prefer to receive unpublished material; however, we will consider previously published pieces so long as the writer has either retained or has had the rights revert to them. If you do submit previously published work, alert us to that fact in your cover letter or email.

*Special guidelines & instructions for artwork/photography listed below.


DEADLINE for submissions: Nov. 28!

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    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.)

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    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.

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    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!

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    Exceptions will only be permitted for submissions originating from clinicians or KRCC program directors submitting on behalf of clients.

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    Upload each entry as one document. We accept doc, docx, pdf, and rtf files. We will also accept Pages documents.

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    Please do not send originals or the only copy you have of your written work. Submissions will not be returned.

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    While we encourage self-expression, we will not accept pieces with excessive sexuality, vulgarity, or profanity.

*For Artwork/Photography:

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:

  • Up to 3 entries may be submitted
  • Submissions may be any art medium such as photography, painting, drawing, or collage.
  • Name of piece
  • Physical description of piece
  • Name of artist
  • Artistic summary of work (optional)
  • Contact info (phone/cell/alternate phone/address/email)
Note:
If you have questions about how to submit artwork, please contact us.

For all digital images:

  • Color or Black & White entries accepted
  • All digital submissions must be at least 300 dpi and 6″ minimum on its largest side (if the file is under 300 dpi, then the image must be at least 12” minimum on its largest side).
  • Acceptable file formats include: .jpg, .tif, .pdf, and .psd
  • Cell phone images are not high resolution and will not be considered if submitted.

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.

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Friends & Family

At KRCC, we know and understand that mental illnesses and substance use disorders affect not only the client or addict, but also the friends and family of the client or addict. That’s why we encourage submissions from those living with these issues whether directly or by association. If you’re a friend or family member who’d like to send a submission to Voices, your submission should be related to your experience with mental illness or a substance use disorder as the friend or family member. Example: You write a poem or first-person account about your feelings and/or experiences supporting a friend who’s struggling with alcoholism.

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Friends & Family

At KRCC, we know and understand that mental illnesses and substance use disorders affect not only the client or addict, but also the friends and family of the client or addict. That’s why we encourage submissions from those living with these issues whether directly or by association. If you’re a friend or family member who’d like to send a submission to Voices, your submission should be related to your experience with mental illness or a substance use disorder as the friend or family member. Example: You write a poem or first-person account about your feelings and/or experiences supporting a friend who’s struggling with alcoholism.

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Special Considerations

We ask that you do not use the actual names of individuals in true stories or poems. Please use false names or initials to ensure privacy. Please let us know that you have indeed changed the names by noting that in your cover letter. If you desire anonymity or wish to use a pseudonym (pen name), please note it on your submission as well as in your cover letter.

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Special Considerations

We ask that you do not use the actual names of individuals in true stories or poems. Please use false names or initials to ensure privacy. Please let us know that you have indeed changed the names by noting that in your cover letter. If you desire anonymity or wish to use a pseudonym (pen name), please note it on your submission as well as in your cover letter.

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.

Selection Process

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.

Publication

A release date for the inaugural issue of Voices will be announced soon. 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 mindy.miller@krccnet.com. All questions and inquiries can be directed to Ms. Miller by emailing her or calling 606-666-4351, ext. 1957.


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Editors

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.

Writing

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.