Reckoning

Submission Guidelines

Reckoning is open to submissions.
Reckoning : Fiction Open
Reckoning : Poetry Open
Reckoning : Nonfiction Open
Reckoning : Art Open

Reckoning: an imperfect means of navigation by which one determines where they’re going using only where they’ve been.

Reckoning: a settling of scores; justice.

Environmental justice: the notion that the people (and other living things) saddled with the consequences of humanity’s poor environmental choices and the imperative to remedy those choices are not the ones responsible for them.

Reckoning: a nonprofit, annual journal of creative writing on environmental justice. 

To understand what we're looking for, try reading Reckoning 3, Reckoning 2, Reckoning 1, the interviews, the Reckoning twitter, or LCRW 33.

The short version: creative writing about environmental justice. Fiction preferably at least a tiny bit speculative, nonfiction preferably more creative than journalistic, poetry tending towards the narrative and preferably with some thematic heft, art leaning away from the pulpy heavily towards the political. But the heart of what we want is your searingly personal, visceral, idiosyncratic understanding of the world and the people in it as it has been, as it is, as it will be, as it could be, as a consequence of humanity's relationship with the earth.

We are actively seeking work from Indigenous writers and artists, writers and artists of color, queer and transgender writers and artists, and anyone who has suffered the consequences, intended or otherwise, of dominant society's systemic disconnect with and mistreatment of the natural world. And we're actively seeking new ways to reach all of the above. Seriously, if you know of a way we can do that, please share.

We'd love to publish work in translation! We're currently open to considering writing in Spanish, French or Swedish for potential translation, and work already translated into English, for which we pay the same rate to both author and translator.

We don't publish work we perceive to be prejudiced in any form, including sexism, racism, ableism, ageism. We reserve the right to point it out—respectfully—when we see it, though we're as prone to mistakes and misunderstanding as anyone else.

We're no longer accepting submissions by email; queries are ok. Simultaneous submissions are ok. Multiple poetry submissions is preferred, 3-5 poems, <10 pages; with longer submissions (including long poems), please send one at a time. Feel free to submit again after you hear back. Query for reprints. Length: 0 – 45,000 words, inclusive. Response time has ranged from one to four months. Payment is eight cents a word for prose, thirty dollars a page for poetry, art negotiable, minimum twenty-five dollars per piece. Sample contract is here. We're always open for submissions, but the arbitrary cutoff point for the fifth issue will be the (northern hemisphere) autumn equinox, September 22, 2020.

All of the above shall be subject hopefully not to too much change but certainly to clarification, evolution and adaptation.