Our Spring 2019 issue, KF-11, is open for submissions from December first, 2018 through January 31st, 2019. The issue will launch on the first of March, 2019.


For details about The KYSO Flash "DavenTree" 3 for $3 Ekphrastic Challenge (which opens at 12:00 a.m. PST on the second of December), scroll down this page to the list of our submissions categories.


For General Submissions to our Spring issue:


Please submit original, unpublished works. Appearance on author websites and blogs, as well as on social media and sites such as Fictionaut, counts as previous publication.


Submission files are read "blind" to ensure impartiality, and thus should NOT include author's name, contact info, and bio. Many thanks for entering those details in the appropriate boxes provided by Submittable. 


What we're looking for: 

Polished, evocative literary works that balance “music and meaning” (to borrow from poet Richard Hugo) within a max of 1,000 words* (including the title), and using forms such as these:

⚡  Prose poems

⚡  Micro-fiction (up to 500 words each)

⚡  Flash fiction (501–1,000 words per piece)

⚡  CNF, essays, interviews, memoirs, etc.

⚡  *Critical reviews and craft essays (2,000 words max, including author footnotes and references)

⚡  Fables, allegories, and parables, whether light or dark, written for adults

⚡  Hybrids such as haibun, haibun stories, haiga, tanka prose, and tanka tales

⚡  Ekphrastic works, in every genre we publish: fiction, nonfiction, lineated and prose poetry, hybrids such as haibun and tanka forms, and visual arts

⚡  Poetry, both free verse and formal, that travels the middle way between transparency and obscurity; i.e., accessible but with a measure of mystery 


TIP: As we consider submissions to our journal, awards such as the Pushcart, Best Small Fictions, and Best of the Net loom over the decisions we make. We look for works that Knock Your Socks Off, that is, prize-worthy material. Regardless of the genre, we cherish a unique voice, fresh language, and the sly use of literary devices such as metaphor and irony. We hope to be side-swiped, poked in the ribs, and otherwise smitten by an arresting idea, a compelling narrative, an exquisite lyric, or a moving account—all of which thread the perfect line between the personal and the universal.

 See our website for complete submission guidelines (including what we're not looking for): http://www.kysoflash.com/Submissions.aspx


Basic manuscript formatting for submissions:

An 11- or 12-point, sans-serif font such as Verdana (no fancy or script fonts, please)

At least one-inch margins

Please number pages sequentially.

Double space prose works, except for prose poems, which may be single-spaced. Haibun and tanka forms may be single-spaced as well.

Please submit all other forms of poetry (and/or lineated works) with line breaks and other formatting as you would prefer the piece(s) to appear onscreen.


Thanks so much! We look forward to reading your work.


3 for $3:  DavenTree Ekphrastic Writing Challenge

Opens:  2 December 2018

Closes:  31 January 2019

Results:  To be announced end of February 2019


Works must be in response to our visual prompt, poet Steve Davenport’s drawing, which we’re fondly calling “the DavenTree.”


For a chance to win $100 (USD) and publication: Submit up to three (3) previously unpublished ekphrastic works, for a single entry fee of $3 (USD). Four Finalists will also receive $50 (USD) each, plus publication.


Only one prize awarded per person. KYSO Flash co-editors will select the Winner and four Finalists in February 2019. The following month, all five will be published in Issue 11 of KYSO Flash online, and then reprinted in the soft-cover anthology at the end of the year. Steve Davenport has also granted permission for his drawing to appear in both publications.


Hints from our publisher, Clare MacQueen:


“We humans are hard-wired to look for and recognize shapes and patterns, especially human forms. Pull up a chair, contemplate the DavenTree, and see what you discover....”

And for more clues about the kinds of ekphrastic works we like to publish, be sure to see our tips for word artists, Ephective Ekphrastics: A Guide to Verbalizing Art.


THE DAVENTREE CONTEST GUIDELINES:


Submission Period: From December first, 2018 through January 31st, 2019. No entries will be accepted or considered after 11:59 p.m. PST on the 31st of January.


Electronic Submissions Only: Entries in the English language will be accepted from writers worldwide, via Submittable.


Entry Fee: $3 (three USD) for up to three pieces. All pieces must be submitted within a single document via Submittable. The submission must be in .doc or .docx format. Only one entry of up to three pieces will be considered per person.


Submission Document Must Be “Anonymous”: Do NOT include your name, address, and other identifying info within the document. The same is true for the file name itself, NO author info. Instead, please name the file with the title of the first piece in your submission. This will help ensure that all entries will be considered “blind” and as impartially as possible.


Author name, contact info, and bio should be entered in the boxes provided at Submittable.


Basic Manuscript Formatting: 

  • 11- or 12-point, easy-to-read-onscreen font such as Verdana
  • At least one-inch margins
  • Double space most prose works. Prose poems, haibun, and tanka prose may be single-spaced as well.
  • Please single space lineated poems, with line and stanza breaks as you wish them to appear on-screen and in print.


Please, No Simultaneous Submissions! We’re committed to announcing results as soon as possible, which will be three or four weeks beyond the closing date of the contest.


Original Works Only: Entries must be unpublished, and must NOT have been chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest. Works that have appeared on an author’s website or blog, and/or on social media and sites such as Fictionaut, are considered published.


Word Count: No more than 1,000 words per piece, including a mandatory title which is at least one word in length, and any footnotes from the author. The thousand-word max per piece applies to all genres, including hybrids and poetic works, since we count words only, not individual lines and line breaks.


Cover Letters: None needed, since we have so little time to read or respond to letters. We especially dislike those that explain the works upfront or give away any surprises—we strongly prefer that works speak for themselves. If you have specific questions or concerns about this contest that are not addressed in these guidelines, then please leave us a note at Submittable.


Genres: We're looking for polished and evocative literary works that balance “music and meaning” (to borrow from poet Richard Hugo) within a max of 1,000 words, and using forms such as these: 

⚡  Prose poetry

⚡  Micro-fiction (up to 500 words each)

⚡  Nonfiction (CNF, essays, memoir, etc.)

⚡  Flash fiction (501–1,000 words per piece)

⚡  Fables, allegories, and parables, whether light or dark, written for adults

⚡  Poetic hybrids such as haibun, haibun stories, tanka prose, and tanka tales

⚡  Poetry, both free verse and structured, that travels the middle way between transparency and obscurity: i.e., accessible but with a measure of mystery

⚡  For this Ekphrastic Challenge, we will also consider individual micro-poems such as haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, and cherita, as well as sequences and hybrid combinations of such poems. Please note that we do not count lines and line breaks, but only words. Each poem, or sequence of micro-poems, must be no longer than a thousand words, including the title.


Have Fun Mixing It Up: An entry of multiple works may be all one genre, such as prose poetry, or may include, for example, an essay, a micro-fiction, and a hybrid poetic sequence.


Tip: As we consider submissions to our journal, awards such as the Pushcart, Best Small Fictions, and Best of the Net loom over the decisions we make. We look for works that Knock Your Socks Off, that is, prize-worthy material. Regardless of the genre, we cherish a unique voice, fresh language, and the sly use of literary devices such as metaphor and irony. We hope to be side-swiped, poked in the ribs, and otherwise smitten by an arresting idea, a compelling narrative, an exquisite lyric, or a moving account—all of which thread the perfect line between the personal and the universal.


[And for more clues about the kinds of ekphrastic works we like to publish, be sure to see our tips for word artists, Ephective Ekphrastics: A Guide to Verbalizing Art.]


For this ekphrastic challenge only: We cannot accept visual artworks, works in translation, and collaborations. (But we would be happy to consider such works under our General Submissions categories.)


Other Restrictions:

  • No gratuitous violence (remember, less is more).
  • No gratuitous obscenities; judicious usage is acceptable.
  • No children’s stories, but we will consider fables or fairy tales for adults.
  • No pornography, although literary erotica and works containing sexual themes will be considered.
  • No political screeds and/or religious rants—however, literary works from all spiritual traditions are welcomed.


Publication Rights: Authors whose works are selected will be asked to approve an agreement which grants exclusive first-time worldwide publication rights to KYSO Flash, as well as non-exclusive reprint rights to KYSO Flash Press.


Print Anthology: The Winner and four Finalists will be published in KYSO Flash online (Issue 11, Spring 2019), and in our print anthology scheduled for release in December 2019. Each author will receive one complimentary copy of the book (postage paid).


By entering this contest, you certify that: the work(s) you’re submitting are your own original writings, they have never been published electronically or in print, they have not been submitted nor accepted for publication elsewhere, and they are not in the public domain.


Results: Winners of the KYSO Flash DavenTree Ekphrastic Challenge will be notified by email just before results are announced officially, which will be at the end of February 2019. All decisions by the judges are final.


Payment of Prizes: Winners and Finalists will receive electronic payment via PayPal in USD (United States Dollars). Only one cash prize per person. Any taxes due on contest winnings are the sole responsibility of the prize winners.


This competition is void where prohibited by law.


Thanks so much for considering KYSO Flash! We look forward to reading your entries. Best wishes!
 

Within this category, only one work may be included within a single file. If the file contains more than one piece, then only the first piece will be considered.


There is no limit on the total number of single-piece submissions from each writer, as long as each submission is accompanied by payment of two dollars.


No names, contact info, and bios within files: Because we prefer to read submissions "blind" to be as impartial as possible, please do NOT include your name, address, and/or bio within the file(s) you upload -- or within the file name itself. Instead, such details should be included in the appropriate boxes provided at Submittable.


Simultaneous submissions (aka sim-subs) are okay -- but please be professional and let us know upfront if your works are under consideration by other venues. Many thanks for immediately  withdrawing works that are accepted elsewhere.


Word Counts: Craft essays and critical reviews must be no longer than 2,000 words each, including author footnotes and references. 


To meet the definition of flash (and to be eligible for nominations for awards like The Best Small Fictions), all other works must be no longer than 1,000 words each -- including text, title, and any footnotes. One-word titles are acceptable.


Please note that we do not count lines of poetry; word-count restrictions apply to lineated works as well.


Extra points for including, in brackets after the title of each piece, the genre, sub-genre, or hybrid; for example: [ekphrastic CNF/prose poem]. 


Complete guidelines are available at our website: 

http://www.kysoflash.com/Submissions.aspx


Thanks so much for your time and consideration. We look forward to considering your work!


Within this category, up to three works, in any combination of the genres we publish, may be uploaded within a single file.


There is no limit on the number of triple-piece submissions from each person, as long as payment of three dollars accompanies each submission of up to three works.


Only 3 works may be included within each file, and each file must be uploaded separately. If any file contains more than three pieces, then only the first three pieces will be considered. Again, each submission of three works requires a three-dollar payment.


No names, contact info, and bios within files: Because we prefer to read submissions "blind" to be as impartial as possible, please do NOT include your name, address, and/or bio within the file(s) you upload -- or within the file name itself. Instead, such details should be included in the appropriate boxes provided at Submittable.


Simultaneous submissions (aka sim-subs) are okay -- but please be professional and let us know upfront if any of your works are under consideration by other venues. Many thanks for immediately withdrawing any works that are accepted elsewhere.


Word Counts: Craft essays and critical reviews must be no longer than 2,000 words each, including author footnotes and references.


To meet the definition of flash (and to be eligible for nominations for awards like The Best Small Fictions), all other works whatever the genre must be no longer than 1,000 words each -- including text, title, and any footnotes. One-word titles are acceptable.


Please note that we do not count lines of poetry; word-count restrictions apply to lineated works as well.


Extra points for including, in brackets after the title of each piece, the genre, sub-genre, or hybrid; for example: [ekphrastic CNF/prose poem].


Complete guidelines are available at our website:
http://www.kysoflash.com/Submissions.aspx


Thanks so much for your time and consideration. We look forward to considering your work!

Within this category, up to a total of seven works, in any combination of genres that we publish, may be uploaded within a single file.


We will consider only one submission of up to seven pieces within this category.


No names, contact info, and bios within the file: Because we prefer to read submissions "blind" to be as impartial as possible, please do NOT include your name, address, and/or bio within the file you upload -- or within the file name itself. Instead, such details should be included in the appropriate boxes provided at Submittable.


Simultaneous submissions (aka sim-subs) are okay -- but please be professional and let us know upfront if any of your works are under consideration by other venues. Many thanks for immediately withdrawing any works that are accepted elsewhere.


Word Counts: Craft essays and critical reviews must be no longer than 2,000 words each, including author footnotes and references.


To meet the definition of flash (and to be eligible for nominations for awards like The Best Small Fictions), all other works whatever the genre must be no longer than 1,000 words each -- including text, title, and any footnotes. One-word titles are acceptable.


Please note that we do not count lines of poetry; word-count restrictions apply to lineated works as well.


Extra points for including, in brackets after the title of each piece, the genre, sub-genre, or hybrid; for example: [ekphrastic CNF/prose poem].


Complete guidelines are available at our website:
http://www.kysoflash.com/Submissions.aspx


Thanks so much for your time and consideration. We look forward to considering your work!

There is no fee for submitting artworks through this page.

Maximum number of artworks accepted for consideration is seven (7).


  We consider submissions of black and white as well as color artworks. Images should be medium-resolution (200 ppi).

 
  Please note that our print anthology is 6x9 inches, portrait orientation, and we prefer not to rotate images to fit the page.

  In addition, the “content column” at our website can accommodate images up to 450 pixels wide.

  While we will gladly consider artworks of all shapes, orientations, and aspect ratios, please keep our specifications in mind.

  We will contact artists for permission if we need to crop or otherwise modify artworks in order to meet our printer’s specs.

Although we prefer original, unpublished work, we will consider reprinting (or more accurately, republishing) work that has appeared elsewhere. Appearance on author websites and blogs, as well as on social media and sites such as Fictionaut, counts as previous publication. If you're submitting a "reprint," please be sure to include details of the previous publication, including name of venue and the date your work appeared there. Many thanks! We want to be sure to give proper credit where it's due.

See our website for complete submission guidelines (including what we're not looking for):
 http://www.kysoflash.com/Submissions.aspx


Thanks so much! We look forward to considering your work(s).

 

KYSO Flash