Minerva Rising publishes original essays, interviews, short stories, short shorts, memoirs, essays, poetry, photography and artwork. Please no journalistic features, academic works or opinion pieces.

All work should address the theme of the current issue (http://minervarising.com/submissions/).

We purchase one-time rights. All other rights revert to the author upon publication. Simultaneous submissions are allowed as long as you inform us as soon as possible if the work is accepted elsewhere.

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We are accepting chapbook manuscripts of no more than 30 pages by women and non-binary identifying poets.  Simutionous submissions are okay.  Let us know if another publisher accepts your chapbook. 

Each poem should start on a new page, and each page of your manuscript must include the title of the work and a page number. Please include a title page with the title only as well as a table of contents. 

Please do not include any identifying information, such as your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, from your submitted manuscript. 

Ten finalists (chosen by Minerva Rising Staff) will be notified in February 2021. The winner will be selected in early spring 2021. 

The Keeping Room Submission Guidelines:

Prose: Fiction and Creative Non-fiction (including social commentary) pieces may be up to 5,000 words in length and may include facilitating original artwork or photography. Stock or unoriginal photos must include credit to the original source.

Poetry: Poets may submit up to 3 original poems (free verse or traditional form) and may include facilitating original artwork or photography. Stock or unoriginal photos must include credit to the original source.

Artwork: Artists should submit their artwork in the form of a photo essay. Photo essays should include at least 3 to 5 original images incorporating the artist’s medium of choice (i.e. painting, collage, photography, ceramic, etc.). Artwork may include original facilitating captions or writing.

Book Reviews and Interviews: Book reviews and interviews should be no more than 2,000 words. We are particularly interested in books by black women and interviews about women making a difference in their community. 

  • Book reviews should include the title, including a bibliographic citation for the work (i.e., title in full, author, place, publisher, date of publication, price, and ISBN). They should summarize the book without giving away any spoilers.  Be sure to include the book’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as your assessment of the book’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Interviews should include a photo of the woman being interviewed. 

All contributors: Any relevant links should be included in the body of the submission. Please include a short bio (75 words or less) as well as a headshot to be published with your submission if accepted. Accepted contributors will receive $25 via PayPal. 

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