Touch: The Journal of Healing

 

Submission Guidelines


Please read our Publishing Agreement prior to submitting your work to us in order to learn about our acceptance of your work and our publishing process.


Submission of your work to us means that you have read and understand our Publishing Agreement and that you will agree to our terms if we accept your work for publication.


Touch: the Journal of Healing is now accepting submissions.  In addition to poetry and prose, we are actively seeking quality art and photography for this and future issues.


Please review these guidelines carefully to ensure we may give your submission prompt attention.


Submission Period


We are open to submissions year-round.


Our current submission period is for the autumn 2014 issue of Touch: The Journal of Healing and later issues.  The current submission period will close at midnight on Sunday, October 5, 2014.


Themes


We seek poetry, prose, & graphics that depict elements of human interaction and speak of the physical, emotional, and/or universal, spiritual Touch of humanity, i.e.:


  1. BulletHealth/Healing

  2. BulletMen/Male Issues (related to the above)

  3. BulletWomen/Female Issues (related to the above)

  4. BulletSpiritual (universal spirituality)


General Guidelines


  1. BulletEmail your submission to the appropriate editor, e.g.: poetry editor, prose editor or graphics editor.  Please do not send submissions to either the editor or assistant editor email account.  They will be rejected.

  2. BulletThe subject header should include "SUBMISSION" and your last name.  This helps us filter spam and get your submission more quickly.

  3. BulletThe font color of all text should be black.

  4. BulletPlease do not title your submission(s) with all capital letters.  We no longer publish titles in all capital letters.

  5. BulletInclude an introduction to your work, similar to a cover letter, including your name, carrier mail address, and email address with a brief explanation of how your piece could contribute to the journal.

  6. BulletWhen including your work, please follow the guidelines for the appropriate genre below, e.g. no more than four poems, one prose piece, or three graphics per submission.

  7. BulletAll submissions should be formatted, left margin justified.  Please do not submit work with the body or title centered.  If special formatting is required, please email the appropriate editor before submitting to ask whether the journal is able to accommodate your needs.

  8. BulletEnd your submission with a brief (50 words or less) biographical statement written in the third person.  You may include an electronic internet link to your own web site that contains your writing, photography, or artwork; or to another website that features an upcoming or published book that was penned by you; or to another writing, photography, or art-related web site that contains your work, if appropriate (limit one link per contributor).

  9. BulletPlease note if this is your first publication.  Prior publication credits are optional - work will be chosen for its content and quality.

  10. BulletSimultaneous submissions are acceptable, if noted.  We require that if your submission is accepted for publication with another online or print journal, you inform us promptly.  In many cases, simultaneous publications of the same piece may not be appropriate.

  11. BulletReprints or previously published pieces are also fine, if noted, provided that you retain the rights to have the piece published again.

  12. BulletContributors, under the age of 18, must include their age at the time of submission and will be required to send a Permission to Publish form signed by their parent or guardian if their work is accepted.  



Please Avoid:


  1. BulletPoetry submissions that exceed 80 lines, including line breaks.

  2. BulletProse submissions that exceed 750 words, including line breaks.

  3. BulletEmail attachments other than graphic submissions.  Emails with non-JPG/TIFF attachments will be deleted unopened and without a response.

  4. BulletSubmissions that asperse any individual or population including any race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, profession, socioeconomic group, or disability.

  5. BulletPlagiarism, in any form, is grounds for rejection of all future submissions by the contributor.

  6. BulletSubmissions by carrier mail are not accepted at this time.

  7. BulletTranslations or literary works written in any language other than English.    Translations into English must be written by the original author of the piece.

  8. BulletHighly experimental pieces, e.g. fragmented words, words without spaces between them, text message shorthand, or single lines containing only a few letters.

  9. BulletSubmitting more than four poems, one prose, and three graphics submissions per submission period.



Poetry Guidelines


  1. BulletLimit your submission to no more than FOUR poems per submission period.  If more than four poems are sent, the editors will read only the first four poems.

  2. BulletSend poetry submissions as text within the body of an email only.  Please do not send poetry submissions as an attachment to an email.  Poetry submissions sent in an attachment are not read.

  3. BulletBecause of the size of the text field in our print issues, poems with line lengths exceeding 50 characters per line, including punctuation and spacing, will be broken and continued, indented, on the line below.

  4. BulletBecause of the size of the text field in our print issues, poem titles exceeding 45 characters, including punctuation and spacing, will be broken and continued on the line below.

  5. BulletBecause of the size of the text field in our print issues, poems exceeding 80 lines, including line breaks cannot be considered for publication.

  6. BulletUse any style or genre that speaks to the journal's audience.  Please consider that quality pieces which support the journal's theme are most likely to be selected.

  7. BulletTo submit a graphic specific to one of your poems, please email it as a separate graphic submission and indicate which poem it illustrates.

  8. BulletDo not send prose or graphics submissions with your poetry submissions.  The entire submission will be discarded.

  9. BulletSubmit to poetry (at) thelivesyoutouch (dot) com



Prose Guidelines


  1. BulletLimit your submission to ONE prose piece of 750 words or less including the title and your name, per submission period.  If multiple prose pieces are sent, only the first prose piece will be read.  Our word count limit is based on two (2) full pages of prose in our print issues with minimal line breaks.  Our print issue pages are 4 x 7 inches with a 10 point Georgia font.  Prose submissions which exceed a length of 2 pages in our print journal are unlikely to be published.

  2. BulletBecause of the size of the text field in our print issues, prose submissions which exceed a length of 2 pages in our print journal including line breaks cannot be considered for publication.

  3. BulletSend prose submissions as text within the body of an email only.  Please do not send prose submissions as an attachment to an email.  Prose submissions sent in an attachment are not read.

  4. BulletUse any style or genre that speaks to the journal's audience, e.g. creative memoirs, reflective pieces, works of fiction, short stories, essays, etc.  Please consider that quality works which support the journal's theme are most likely to be selected.

  5. BulletPlease avoid academic or journalistic pieces, magazine articles, and how-to's. 

  6. BulletWhen outside sources are cited, please use the standard MLA format.

  7. BulletTo submit a graphic specific to your prose submission, please email it as a separate graphic submission and indicate that it illustrates your prose piece.

  8. BulletDo not send poetry or graphics submissions with your prose submission.  The entire submission will be discarded.

  9. BulletSubmit to prose (at) thelivesyoutouch (dot) com

 


Graphics: Artwork and Photography Guidelines


  1. BulletWe seek high quality color or b/w art and photography to enhance the pages of Touch: the Journal of Healing.

  2. BulletLimit your submission to no more than THREE graphic images per submission period.  If more than three images are sent, the entire submission will be discarded unopened.

  3. BulletYou must attach the images to your email submission.  Links to photos hosted on webpages or photo galleries will not be accepted.

  4. BulletBecause the journal is published in printed format, images should be unenlarged versions at a minimum of  900 x 900 pixels in JPG or TIFF format.  Please contact the editor before submitting other formats.

  5. BulletPhotos which include a recognizable person may require special consideration for publication.  Please contact the editor before submitting work which may require a release form.

  6. BulletDo not send poetry or prose submissions with your graphics submissions.  The entire submission will be discarded.

  7. BulletSubmit to graphics (at) thelivesyoutouch (dot) com



Selection Criteria


As a writer, I've always wondered what criteria editors use to determine what gets published.  Here are ours:

  1. BulletQuality - the piece should stand out through the adept use of language, metaphor, imagery, simile, allegory, allusion, symbolism, and other literary devices.  Grammar, syntax, and punctuation are all important considerations.

  2. BulletContent - the nature of Touch: the Journal of Healing demands that we consider content carefully.  Content should contain elements of human interaction and speak of the physical, emotional, and/or spiritual Touch of humanity.  An anecdotal story, for example, would be fine, so long as it has significant potential to instruct, inspire, or mean something to others in the context of Touch.  Therapy writing would be discouraged insofar as it is self-focused.

  3. BulletOriginality - contributions should be unique and special, something to be shared with our journal readers.  Widely distributed works or overly worked pieces are less likely to be selected.

  4. BulletPoetic considerations - careful consideration of word choice, line and strophe breaks, imagery, and form are all important considerations.  Ambiguity and abstraction, if well used and relatable, are welcome here, but their use must serve to communicate with others.  The use of poetic devices such as metaphor, imagery, simile, assonance, alliteration, etc., are all important.  We are equally receptive to formal poetry and free verse.

  5. BulletProse considerations - excellent use of language and the ability to convey experience are musts.  Skill in saying much in fewer words lends gravity to the subject matter and increases readability.

  6. BulletGraphic considerations - balance, color and composure all support a compelling image.  Quality images which evoke emotions supportive of Touch or which convey universal themes will be easier to match with written pieces.

  7. BulletSummary - Throughout the selection process, the goal and focus of our efforts to understand each submission in the best possible light is to select pieces that will work together to build the next issue of Touch: The Journal of Healing.   We are looking for literary and graphic works that convey with particular sensitivity and nuance a sense of struggle, loss, healing, recovery, and growth.  In particular, we favor pieces that capture some aspect of growth or gaining in insight and that involve the positive connection between two or more people to overcome or accept adversity.  Submissions should explore some aspect of healing or growth, however subtle it may be.

  8. BulletPlease Consider - We are editors of this journal, not editors of your work.  We do not repair, re-write, or suggest revisions for technical, grammatical, or factual errors.  We assume that you have already paid careful attention to the pieces you submit, have run them through a spell-checker, and have had at least one person other than yourself proofread each piece before we receive it.  Pieces which suffer from extensive grammatical, syntactical, and/or spelling errors will be rejected.



Response Time


  1. BulletTypically you will receive an acceptance/declination response regarding your submission in four to eight weeks.  This time may vary depending on when your submission is received within the cycle of reviewing and publishing the next issue.  If you have not heard from us within two months, you may send a status inquiry to editor (at) thelivesyoutouch (dot) com.

  2. BulletThe subject header of your email should read: STATUS INQUIRY - CATEGORY (poetry, prose or graphics) - Your Last Name.

  3. BulletAdditional queries? Contact editor (at) thelivesyoutouch (dot) com.



Publication Schedule


Your work will be published within one year of its acceptance.  We make our selection of accepted work for publication in a specific journal issue based on its ability to compliment and be complimented by the other works of the issue with which it will be published.



O.P.W. Fredericks, Editor







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