Guidelines

[KHQ is taking a year-long hiatus from reading submissions. Check back with us Fall 2017]

Kudzu House Quarterly, (formerly Kudzu Review) is an independent journal of ecological creative and scholarly writing. We read on a rolling basis for our four annual issues: the spring equinox eChapbook (Issue 1); summer solstice creative issue (Issue 2), which is usually themed; a collection of scholarly essays in the fall (Issue 3); and a winter solstice creative issue (Issue 4) which is usually open-themed. For instance, 3.1 is Volume III, Issue I, Summer Solstice. At the end of every volume, we publish a print annual of the year’s digital issues. The digital copies of past issues are avaliable at no cost. Our open and forthcoming can be found at the bottom of this page. Please review our guidelines before submitting.

We are allways looking for savvy, sharp, well-polished writing that captures life in a post-natural, ecological world. We publish outstanding work that is motivated by concerns with human’s place in the world. This isn’t your grandmother’s moldy copy of Wordsworth poems. Show us the “new-nature” with your place, post-colonial, eco-travel, post-gender, and activist writing. Give us new takes on what “natural” even means. Turn your ecocritical eye on any aspect of modern life and see what happens. We believe good art is subtle but still has the power to instruct. Avoid overt or preachy messages. Send us recipes for Kudzu cake! Cast new light on rapid species extinction, climate change, food production, technology, sustainability and community. Make us laugh; make us cry. Show us what it means to exist in an ecosystem, a biosphere. Most of all, inspire us; give us hope.

We are also interested in peer-reviewers for submissions to our scholarly issue, as well as readers for our creative writing submissions. If you are interested in serving in either of these capacities, email: editor@kudzuhouse.org

Guidelines

Below, you will find general guidelines for the journal. Because we publish such a wide array of writing, it is imperative that you format your submission carefully and in a manner that will be easy for our readers and our editors to interpret and adapt. We have a house style for our scholarly issue, and we ask that submitters familiarize themselves with it by reading an issue.

What is KHQ?

Kudzu House Quarterly (KHQ) is an independent, quarterly publication of environmental art and letters published under the auspices of Kudzu House, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization dedicated to the study and promotion of writing and the environment.

How often does KHQ release issues?

We publish four annual issues: the spring equinox eChapbook (Issue 1) summer solstice (Issue 2), which is usually themed; a collection of scholarly essays in the fall (Issue 3); and a winter solstice (Issue 4) which is usually open-themed. For instance, 3.1 is Volume III, Issue I, Summer Solstice. If the issue is not themed it is referred to by the season in which it is published.

Is KHQ a print or online journal?

Both. KHQ publishes four times a year as an online journal, but by popular demand, we are now publishing a yearly print volume, which includes all four digital issues. All proceeds from the sales go to advertising, website management, and printing more issues. Our print annual will be available at the beginning of each new year.

Before vol. 4, we printed individual issues. The remaining copies of our issues and new print annuals can be purchased on the Print Page.

Does KHQ pay contributors?

Because we offer the issue online at no cost, we cannot offer payment of any kind to our contributors, except the satisfaction of having their work featured in our journal. We greatly value open access to the digital issues because we want KHQ to be available to the widest possible audience. We hope that you value increased exposure, too.

What is your policy regarding simultaneous submissions?

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. We want to promote ecological art, and we don’t think that holding onto submissions for months best accomplishes that. However, if you decide to submit to other journals, you must immediately withdraw the piece if it is accepted elsewhere, preferably through the Submitable Submissions Manager, but if you are having trouble, you may email us to notify.

What is your reporting time on submissions?

We strive to respond to submissions within 3 months. While we occasionally take longer than this, we encourage simultaneous submissions, as we said, so we don’t feel so bad.

We do not charge for the digital issues, nor do we charge fees for regular submissions. However, in an effort to raise money for the journal, we now offer expedited reading, for a small fee. We will try to respond to these submissions within a couple of weeks, and we hope to give some feedback on the work, regardless of our decision. If you would like to participate in expedited reading, select the appropriate category in submittable here.

What is your acceptance rate for submissions?

Our total average for all categories, starting from issue 2.1 (when we adopted submittable) is around 15%. This number is lower in our recent issues, probably closer to 5%, especially with poetry, of which we receive the greatest number of submissions by far. The Kudzu Scholar issues average around 50%, but this is likely due to the issue being only two years old.

How should I format my submission, and then, how do I submit?

In a single document, we would prefer the following: 1). A cover page with all of your contact information (i.e. name, mailing address, and email) and the title/titles of your submission. 2). A cover letter, which introduces both you and the work to our staff readers and provides any pertinent information. 3). A brief bio IN THIRD PERSON at the end of the document.

You should submit the document though Submitable Submissions Manager, available here. Emailed and mailed submissions are not accepted and will be deleted or recycled without reply.

What is your reading period?

We read year-round on a rolling basis, observing the following four deadlines: “Spring Equinox,” (eChapbook) Feb. 1; “Summer Solstice,” (creative issue) Mar. 1; “Autumn Equinox” (scholarly issue), May 1; and “Winter Solstice” (creative issue), Sep. 1. We open reading for each issue as we complete the previous reading, so check the Submissions page for an updated call for submissions.

What are your specific guidelines for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, flash, &c.?

No short stories longer than 3,500 words. Flash fiction under 750 words. Nonfiction can be longer, if absolutely necessary, but keep in mind that our pages are limited, and therefore we are likely to publish works that make use of language in a tightly fashioned manner.

No more than one essay or fiction submission or five poetry submissions at a time. It is always better to email and ask permission than forgiveness when submitting to our journal!

Do you accept previously published material?

We rarely reprint material, and the material we do publish that has appeared elsewhere is almost always selected by editor invitation. Our preference is new work, especially work that has not appeared online. In all cases, indicate in your submission if your piece has appeared anywhere previously.

 

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