Journal of Compressed Creative Arts (Matter Press)

Magazine Name:Journal of Compressed Creative Arts (Matter Press)
Editor:Randall Brown
Mailing Address:
Submission Guidelines:
Approximate Response Time1 month
Year Founded:2011
Online Submissions?Yes
Information about your publication:Matter Press is a community-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) literary press that publishes an online literary journal (The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts), manages a compressed prose and poetry chapbook contest, and supports a regular reading series. Matter Press offers internships to Rosemont College MFA in Creative Writing & M.A. in Publishing alums and degree-candidates as submission readers, literary editors, and publication designers. Matter Press focuses on supporting emerging and established authors working with condensed forms of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and visual arts.
What type of submissions you are looking for:For fiction & creative nonfiction prose (and we think of the prose poem as such), we have a word-count limit: 600. Word count alone doesn’t create compression, so we ask that you also consider why this piece works for a journal obsessed with what’s compressed. With the writer’s permission, we publish the “best of compression statements” from the cover letters on our blog, along with the writer’s name, picture, and link (of the writer’s choosing). For poetic forms, we will rely on you to determine what compression might be. However, for those who want some guidelines, here is what we’ve come up with: Poems should not exceed 20 lines or 75 words. If poems are broken into traditional lines, skinny poems are preferred. Skinny refers to the way it looks on the page, as well as a weightlessness. The poem should have a swift, sudden feel; therefore, lean language is imperative. Keywords are brevity, intensity, and precision. A good condensed poem should be memorable for its reading duration and its longer impression.

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