call for submissions: Specter
- The co-founders of Specter Magazine are proud to announce our
inaugural issue slated for October 2011.
Specter Magazine publishes monthly and, for now, accepts submissions
on a rolling basis.
Submissions must reflect a strong command of literary craft. Prior
education and/or publication experience is not a determining factor
Beyond reading and adhering to our submission guidelines, our advice
to writers is this: don’t bother worrying about the editors’ literary
tastes. Submit your best, most polished work and we will give it a
You may submit using the following link:
Our mission is to publish poetry & fiction rooted
in the generations of the 1980s and forward. What does that mean?
We’re not dismissive of decades’ past; it’s a cliche, but true
those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.
That said, Specter is more interested in the present.
The founders of Specter are children of the 1980s. According to
marketing firms, we’re members of Generation Y.
We’re dismissed as frightened, passive, coddled individuals–spoiled
rotten by our parents–who believe the world should cater to us. We’re
dreamers. Unrealistic. Lost.
And–the founders of Specter neither confirm nor deny these labels.
Rather, we want explanation, analysis, understanding.
To be clear, our submission guidelines aren’t age-specific. We’ll take
work from all walks of life.
What matters to us is the modern experience, literature which delves
into our generation: 80s babies; 90s toddlers; millennial teenagers.
Hot-button topics are fine, but think about more than abortion rights
or technology’s impact on society.
If our generation is so different from our parents and grandparents,
then what does it mean to: love today; raise children today; keep
religious faith today?
The work some might consider “navel-gazing” and “postmodern” and
We want that work.
Writers who believe literature can reveal and–dare I say–save the world?
We want those writers. Badly.