We accept submissions year round.
Poetry: Submit no more than 6 poems at a time. Please group all poems in one file. Poems must be typed, either single- or double-spaced. The submission document must include your full name, home address, and email address.
Fiction: Submit no more than one prose piece, per genre, at a time. Prose must be typed, double-spaced and be no longer than twenty-five pages. Include your full name, home address and email address on all pages. File names should include the title, or a portion thereof, and the author's last name (ex: carver_smallgood.doc). Novel excerpts are acceptable if self-contained.
Essays: Submit no more than one nonfiction prose piece at a time. Submission must be typed, double-spaced and be no longer than twenty-five pages. Include your full name, home address and email address on all pages. Files should be saved as PDF. Our nonfiction section encompasses personal essays, travel writing, memoirs, and other forms of creative nonfiction.
Visual Art: CQ aims to feature a diverse range of contemporary artists, both established and emerging. We feature national and international work, in all printable mediums. We especially like art that is engaged with issues in the contemporary moment. Each issue typically has one color spread of up to fifteen images, along with one image featured on our cover and an artist's statement.
Expect four to six months for a decision. We do not reprint previously published work. We do accept simultaneous submissions, expecting that the author will notify us should the work be accepted by another journal.
CQ seeks out deliberate poetry: poetry that is carefully crafted, poetry that will age well, poetry that reminds and re-teaches us what a poem is. We’re always on the lookout for poems that eschew narrative, generate visceral responses, and find their grounding in the real world.
Beyond that, we're not too picky. We publish established, emerging, and entry-level poets; we accept poems in all forms, although we're being wary of prose poetry (see also: paragraphs); and we do our best to accommodate excerpts and translations. Whoever you are and whatever you write, we want to hear from you.
Please submit 3-6 poems at a time. We strive for a 4-6 month response time, but offer no promises.