Submissions Open

Issue 2: Howl at the Moon

Deadline: 11.59pm, August 31, 2022

To us, howling at the moon represents horror, angst, despair, consumerism, new beginnings, intrepid transformation, an abyss, an anguished cry, a howl of triumph or immeasurable grief, shadows coming together… or breaking tragically, heartbreakingly apart, jaggedy lines running along the spine of an old, seldom-read book, or a solitary cloud drifting across the moon.

What does it represent for you? Send us your stories, artwork, poems, and essays.  

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What We’re Looking For

We want:

  • Work that grabs our attention, that haunts us, creeps into our psyches, and stays with us.
  • Work that speaks to us, not because it’s about people like us, but because it has a voice, an ache to be witnessed.
  • An experience that takes and roots us in new worlds.
  • Work that is vulnerable, with them pretty words, but that ultimately tells a good story, across any medium.
The Do’s and Do Not’s of Submissions

DO:

  • Submit your work if you identify as a woman or are part of a marginalized community (a sexual, social, or religious minority).
  • Send your work as either solo or collaborative pieces and include any mediums that add to the experience (pictures, music, videos, etc. that you or your collaboration partner created).
  • Send us links to the complete pieces if you can’t upload them to the form.
  • Send us previously unpublished material and credit TMS if published elsewhere.
  • Send us your 60-word bio and a (recent) photograph.
  • Limit your submissions to a maximum of three; in the case of poetry, include all three submissions in a single file.
  • Include a cover letter where you introduce yourself, your work, and how it relates to this issue’s theme.

DO NOT:

  • Submit if you are a cis-man (i.e. a man not part of a marginalized community). We love you, but TMS is not for you.
  • Ask about your submission until four weeks have passed. 
How and Where to Submit
  1. Submit up to a max of 3 pieces (fiction, essays, or poems).
    • Limit fiction and essays to a maximum of 5,000 words
  2. Submit artwork and performances in JPEG, PNG, and MP4, respectively. If files exceed 12MB, please share a link, instead.
  3. Include a third-person bio of up to 50 words and include any relevant details like your website and socials. (If your bio is longer, we will edit it.)
  4. Label your files as “Name – Genre – Title” and include your full name and artwork name in case of artwork or videos.
  5. Please include a bio of no more than fifty words, as well as an author photograph with your submission. 
  6. Send your submission to submissions@themissingslate.com by 11.59pm, August 31, 2022.