How to Submit

Brainchild will be accepting submissions from September 15, 2016 through January, 2017.

All submissions received during the reading period will be carefully considered and reviewed. Our response time will vary according to the number of submissions. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within four months of receipt.

You will find a live link to our Submittable submissions portal beginning September 14. All work must be submitted via this online portal. Submissions will not be accepted via email or mail. Creating a Submittable account is free, and you can easily keep track of your submissions using your account. There is no fee for submissions.


What We're Looking For

We are accepting original pieces rooted in honesty and authenticity. An artist who can speak openly and truthfully is an artist who demands our attention. What were are looking for are powerful works of art. How the artist chooses to manifest her art, be it poetry, prose, painting, or photography, is of little consequence to our staff and our readership. If your work rouses our imagination and furnishes further discussion, we want to see it. We want to see how the sublime underscores the mundane. We want to see the hidden realities unraveled when you read between the lines. Perhaps your work inspires us to be more compassionate, or to take charge of the fates of ourselves and the world we share. Maybe your work helps us to think more critically, or to find beauty in language, image, and culture. Our mission at Brainchild is to publish works of masterful design which lead us to new discoveries about who we are.

As a creative and dedicated staff, we are focused on showcasing the very best stories in the Mid-East region and shaping slivers of the human condition into works of art. We don’t prioritize whether your story is hammered out with words or sculpted through image, as long as it ensnares our senses and lingers in our subconscious. We also want to be surprised and are seeking innovative works that cross the border between literature and art in radical ways. If your piece plays with typography or other experimental elements of design to illustrate how narratives can be written in images, as well as words, send it our way. 

We ask that submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction or essays be kept to less than 7,500 words, though it is not unheard of for us to accept a longer piece. We ask that submissions for poetry include 3-5 poems so that we might get a better sense of your voice as a poet. Please do not submit these poems one at a time, submit them as a single document. We ask for 3-5 pieces for both photography and fine art submissions for similar reasons, and we ask for these also to be in one document. Further information about submissions can be found on our Submittable page, along with a list of the kinds of writers and artists that we admire most relevant to each category. We accept simultaneous submissions as long as we are notified of your acceptance elsewhere. We do not accept multiple submissions, so please only send us one submission per category, though submitting in different categories, say, poetry and fiction, is acceptable as long as you adhere to the above guidelines. Please include a cover letter with all submissions. Any other questions or queries for submissions can be sent to editor@brainchildmagazine.org.

Brainchild acquires First North American Serial Rights to all published works, which means that the copyright for all works published in Brainchild will revert to the contributor upon publication. We reserve the right to use published works for Brainchild’s website and advertising. We regret to say that we are unable to pay our contributors at this time, but published contributors will receive two copies of the magazine.