GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
pulp MAG is proud to now accept submissions from the general public as well as Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) students. To remain a touchstone for KPU and our students, approximately 60% of the published work in pulp MAG will be by KPU students.
In addition to the submission and the corresponding requirements of each art or literature category, we ask that must complete the cover letter portion of the Submittable submissions process, including your name as you would like it to appear in print and a short biographical statement (no more than 100 words) that includes your program and year of study if applicable, which will be published in the magazine if your work is chosen.
Please note that submission guidelines must be followed correctly for your work to be considered.
pulp MAG does not accept simultaneous submissions. This means you may only send work to us that you have not sent for publication elsewhere.
Each submission should be an individual attachment titled “Author’s Name, Title of Work.” The author’s name and page number should appear at the top of each page. We do not accept pdf format.
Also, as a magazine dedicated to inclusion of writers and readers of every identity, we ask that if you are writing about identities outside of your own experience, to please do so with the utmost care and sensitivity, and to ask yourself why you want to tell this story.
We will consider all genres of well-written, well-edited prose pieces of 5000 words or less, or 2 pieces of 1500 words or less. Submissions should be typed in Times New Roman, 12pt font with standard 1” margins. Each submission should be an individual attachment titled “Author’s Name, Title of Work.” The author’s name and page number should appear at the top of each page.
PROSE SUBMISSIONS RUBRIC
|Doesn’t Meet Criteria||Just Okay||Good Work||Outstanding Work|
|Basic Requirements||Submission is received after the deadline.
Submission is not entirely original.
Submission does not meet word count requirement.
Submission is not correctly formatted (titled, double-spaced, proofread).
|Submission is entirely original, meets the word count requirement, and is correctly formatted.
Submission has some potential, but may require further editing and/or workshopping.
|Submission is entirely original, meets the word count requirement, and is correctly formatted.||Submission is entirely original, meets the word count requirement, and is correctly formatted.|
|Craft Requirements||Does not meet basic craft requirements; submission doesn’t engage the reader.||Submission has some aspects that are emotionally and/or intellectually engaging.
Submission shows potential in other areas of craft.
|Submission is emotionally and intellectually engaging, and has an effective hook.
Submission flows well and makes use of fresh, evocative diction.
Submission makes effective use of imagery/metaphor, voice/style and atmosphere/setting.
Submission asks one or more dramatic questions.
Characters are well-rounded and convincing.
Submission ends well (a satisfying reading experience).
|Submission is very emotionally and intellectually engaging, and has a very effective hook.
Submission has excellent flow and makes use of fresh, evocative diction.
Submission demonstrates an overall excellence in craft (imagery/ metaphor, voice/style, atmosphere/setting).
Submission asks one or more dramatic questions.
Characters are well-rounded and very convincing.
Submission ends well (a very satisfying reading experience).
For any further questions about prose, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will consider up to 5 poems per submission. All poems should be sent in the same document, with each poem on a separate page. Each submission should be titled “Author’s Name, Poetry Submission.” The author’s name and page number should appear at the top of each page.
Poems should be formatted exactly as you would like to see them in print.
We reserve the right to reformat titles.
POETRY SUBMISSIONS RUBRIC
|Doesn’t Meet Criteria||Satisfactory Work||Good Work||Outstanding Work|
|Originality||Not creative, un-original, does not experiment, feels like you’ve read it before, not doing anything new.||Beginning to feel original, creative in some aspects, but not yet feeling like a “new” piece.||The poem is original and creative, it might be experimental in one or two aspects, feels fresh but not completely new.||You have never seen a poem like this before. It is either experimental in form, technique, or content, and is simply creative in a brilliant way.|
|Craft||No use of the technical aspects of craft, or poor use, i.e. mixed metaphors, no consideration to line break or using the page.||Okay use of the technical aspects of craft. Poetic techniques are employed, but not very successfully.||Good use of the technical aspects of craft. Poetic techniques are employed in a way that aids the poems, might have a couple examples of outstanding technique.||Outstanding use of the technical aspects of craft. You can feel the care put into the work, it feels effortless and employs poetic technique in a way that sings and stings.|
|Back Ache||Feels hollow, doesn’t feel the poem has any sort of purpose, superficial.||The poem attempts or has an inkling of wonder, but overall still feels largely singular/superficial.||Makes you perceive or consider the world or an aspect of the world in a way you haven’t perceived or considered it before. Makes you tingle.||Blows your flipping mind. Makes you perceive or consider the world or an aspect of the world in a completely new way. Makes your bones ache. Stays with you.|
|Authenticity/Connection with Readership||Feels fake, feels artistically dishonest, the piece isn’t accessible to the reader, can’t be understood, feels unnecessarily cryptic. The poem has a sexist, homophobic, transphobic, racist, etc, rhetoric.||The thrust of the poem feels largely exclusive to the writer, although it is not entirely closed off. The poem is understandable, but not without a large amount of dissection. The poem doesn’t feel like it would connect with most readers in any meaningful way.||The work is accessible in language and content to the readers, i.e. does not use elevated language for the sake of sounding intelligent, and connects to universal ideas on an individual level.||The work is completely accessible to the readers, not at the expense of an authentic voice and pushes the reader’s boundaries. Effortlessly connects to the readers on an individual level, connects them to experiences outside their own, and connects them to a broader theme or idea.|
For further questions about poetry, please email email@example.com
How fresh a poem is: creative, original, innovative. A poem can be creative in form or content, though it doesn’t necessarily have to be creative in form; a prose poem with innovative content could still be outstanding.
How well poetic technique is implemented and executed. Good subversion of poetic technique.
A good poem should make your backache. This is the poem’s ability to perceive or consider the world or yourself in a different way, the poem’s ability to blow your mind, it’s staying power. Not to be confused with “meaningfulness,” the poem does not have to be “meaningful.”
(Note: that if your poem is comedic, this category is partly replaced with your poem’s ability to be funny).
Authenticity/Connection with Readership
This category is about a couple of things: how authentic the poem feels, how easy it is to connect with, as well as it not containing hate speech. The poem should feel authentic, not stolen or artistically dishonest (this isn’t to say that the poem has to be ‘regular honest’). The poem should be accessible to the reader; this isn’t to say that it has to be blatant, or too-telling, or meant for the masses, or that it has to be about a universal experience, or can’t be a little cryptic, but that the poem has to be understandable (on a meaningful level), it has to connect the reader to something outside (or inside) themselves, and it can’t be too cryptic. The poem also can’t contain hate speech or hateful rhetoric. This isn’t to say that the poem can’t be controversial, political, or push boundaries, but just that it can’t promote hate.
Please submit high-quality photographs of your original work. We do not print jpeg. We do not accept cell phone pictures. Please submit in TIFF or RAW format. An image size of approximately 10×8 is ideal. Good lighting and proper cropping is necessary. If you are unable to document your work, please contact pulp MAG to arrange for assistance.
pulp MAG is proud to print our published art submissions in colour.
We will consider up to 5 works per submission. Please upload your submission as a zipped folder if submitting multiple images. Each image should be an individual attachment titled “Artist’s Name, Title of Work.” In your cover letter, please also include the following information for each piece:
- Artist’s Name
- Title of Piece
- Original size
- If you would like your piece to be considered for the cover
Visual Art Rubric
|Doesn’t Meet Criteria
||Satisfactory Work||Good Work||Exceptional Work|
(How and when it was submitted)
|Un-printable image (low-quality JPEG), images were not submitted to the drop box before the deadline. Artist did not email their contact and publishing information.||Printable (JPEG @ 240-30 DPI) images were not submitted to the drop box before the deadline but the artist did not acknowledge that reshoots are needed. Artist did not email the art email will all of their contact and publishing information.||RAW or TIFF files were submitted to the drop box before the deadline. Re-shoot noted with the submission of JPEG @ 240-30 DPI. Artist emailed firstname.lastname@example.org with all of their contact and publishing information. Artist bio may need editing.||RAW or TIFF files were submitted to the drop box before the deadline. Artist emailed email@example.com will all of their contact and publishing information. Artist bio does not need editing.|
(Visual appeal of the piece)
|The piece is not interesting to look at. Principles and Elements of Design have not been implemented. It appears that no thought, care, or time went into the work at all.||The piece is somewhat visually interesting to look at. Principles and Elements of Design have been implemented poorly. It appears that little thought, care, or time went into the work.||The piece is visually interesting to look at. Principles and Elements of Design have been implemented well. It’s apparent that thought, care, and time have gone into the work.||The piece is visually interesting to look at and engaging with the viewer. Principles and Elements of Design have been carefully implemented. It is apparent that a lot of thought, care, and time have gone into the work.|
(Conceptual underpinnings of the piece)
|The piece has no concepts or references, and is the equivalent of a “Sunday Painting.”||The piece has minimal concepts or references, and is the equivalent of a “Sunday Painting.”||The piece may have well-thought-out concepts with personal, social/cultural, political, or historical references. The piece evokes some response in the viewer.||The piece has well-thought-out concepts with personal, social/cultural, political, or historical references. The piece evokes an emotional response in the viewer.|
For further questions about visual art, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will consider one submission of up to 6 pages. Each submission should be an individual attachment titled “Writer’s Name, Artist’s Name, Title of Work,” or if the piece was written and designed by the same person, “Artist’s Name, Title of Work.” In the cover letter, please also include the following information for each piece:
- Artist’s Name
- Writer’s Name
- If the Artist and Writer are different, please include two short biographical statements, and the information of both Artist and Writer as outlined in the General Submission Guidelines.
- Original size
For further questions about graphic literature, please email email@example.com
HP REVEAL SUBMISSIONS
With the help of HP Reveal, formerly known as Aurasma, we are now accepting video and audio submissions. The app will allow readers to interact with your pieces by scanning a picture in the magazine, prompting a video to display on their device. We will consider short films, spoken performance, music, animation, dance, 3D installations, and performance art. Videos must be well-edited, with clear audio and video. Submission must also include artwork for print (see below categories for details). All published pieces will be cross-posted onto pulpmag.ca. All submitted work must be in the public domain (this includes music), made with the original creator’s permission, or original to the submitter.
We will consider any genre of short film, up to 10 minutes long, including the title and all credits. As a separate attachment, please provide us with a poster or a high quality still from the film to include in the print magazine.
We will consider submissions of poetry, monologues, stories, stand-up, and recorded theatre up to 5 minutes long. Please include a high quality still or concept art.
This includes audio, music videos, and live performances. We will consider one high quality recording per submission. When sending in your submission, please ensure you attach album art, concept art/photos, or professional grade performance photos to be included in print. Also include the names of everyone who worked on the project, as well as a their artist statements and information, as outlined in the General Submission Guidelines.
Any genre is welcome: stop motion, flipbook, Claymation, digital animation, CGI, flash, etc. We accept videos up to 10 minutes long, including the title and all credits. Please attach a poster, still, or concept art with your submission to be shown in print.
We will consider any style of dance in the form of professional-grade recording up to 5 minutes long, including a title and all credits. Please state what type of dance you (or your group) is performing in your email, as well as either stills from the performance or concept photos to be shown in print.
3D Installations/Performance Art
If you have a 3D installation or performance art you want to submit in the form of a video to the magazine, it can be any medium and can be up to 10 minutes long. Please include a photo of the piece to be used in print—stills, concept art, and other artwork with the same conceptual theme are highly recommended.
If you are unable to document your work, please contact pulp MAG to arrange for assistance.
For submissions that do not fall into one of the above categories, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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