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.
Prose: 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). Although we have, in the past, primarily looked for short stories, we are expanding our non-fiction section and are therefore on the lookout for personal essays, travel writing, memoirs, and other forms of creative nonfiction. Novel excerpts are acceptable if self-contained.
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 loves any and all well-crafted poetry. Past success has been found in sonnets, sestinas, lyrics, limericks. Meditations on chance, birds, alcohol, foxes, the refuse of city life, cars, ex-girlfriends, cowboys, and boxes. Regional, national, multi-national, para-national. We’re always on the lookout for poems that eschew narrative, play with form, and offer up a linguistic gut-punch.
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.