From the Editor
Profane is an annual print and audio journal featuring an eclectic mix of poetry, creative non-fiction, and fiction. We record every poem and piece of prose we publish in the author’s own voice. We publish in the winter.
We’re keen on celebrating writers who present us with challenging material. Writing that’s surprising or difficult, emotionally and/or intellectually, in even small, subtle ways, has the potential to leave readers changed as a result. To possess that potential is our definition of “good writing.” And ultimately, good writing, whatever form it takes, is what we’re after.
With that in mind then, we want our name to express for readers an openness to being challenged. Of course, not every piece in our journal may epitomize the “profane,” which to us represents that highest degree of confrontation. For those pieces that do locate themselves on that spectrum though, we try to publish work that doesn’t just exist for shock value, but rather crosses cultural and personal boundaries with purpose, thoughtfulness, and attention always to craft. You won’t see either simple, easily digestible truths or senseless irreverence in Profane.
Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction
The Profane Nonfiction Prize
Our 2016 contest will be judged by Dinty W. Moore, founder and editor of Brevity.
The prize is $1,000 and a blurb from the contest judge. It is $10 to enter, and you may submit 2 pieces in each entry, as long as they don’t exceed 7,500 words cumulatively. The prize is open to submissions between April 1 and August 1. Finalists will be announced and considered for publication.
Editors Name Jacob Little, Patrick Chambers
Print publication? Yes
Do you take online submissions? Yes
Submission Guidelines URL http://www.profanejournal.com/submissions.html
Approx. Response Time? 1-2 Months
How often do you publish? Annually
Year Founded? 2014
Do you pay? No