The goal of Wild Violet, an online literary magazine, is to challenge and uplift the reader, and to provide a creative outlet for writers and artists. It’s time to “democratize” the arts and make them more accessible to the mainstream; the Internet is an ideal way to do so.

We are not a commercial enterprise, so payment is in the form of a bio on the contributors page and a link to your site (if you have one). All materials must be your own, original work. Copyrights will remain with you. We request only a very specific form of electronic rights: the right to publish and maintain an archive of accepted works online. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please state in the cover letter that it is a simultaneous submission, and send notification immediately if a submitted work is accepted elsewhere. Previously published material will only be accepted with permission of the original publisher and must contain full information on when/where it appeared so proper acknowledgements can be given. Keep in mind that we only do this in very special cases, so it’s best to send us unpublished work.

Wild Violet is accepting submissions in:
* Poetry, lyrics.
* Fiction.
* Creative non-fiction, gonzo journalism, critical looks at pop or high culture.
* Political essays, treatises, or manifestos.
* Humorous essays, skits, poems, parodies, mock quizzes, mock reviews, mock turtlenecks, imitations of the King of Siam, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
* Artwork, cartoons, sketches.
* Photography, digital artwork, manipulated photography, photo collages, graphic design.
* Reviews (books, movies, DVDs, poetry, performances, concerts, albums). Must be reasonably timely. Queries are required for reviews, so we can avoid unplanned duplications. Unusual or creative approaches to reviews will be considered. Reviews, once approved, must include relevant information (publisher, year and ISBN number for books; date, venue and city for performances; record company and year for albums), and a rating from 1 to 5 stars, which 5 being the highest.
* Interviews of figures related to the arts. These may be well-known or lesser known subjects. Queries are required.
* Cuttings are shorter pieces — flash fiction, short poems, thoughts and observations that might not have rooted themselves into a full piece but are nevertheless beautiful in their present state. View the Cuttings section to get a feel for those materials.

We respond to all submissions; because of the volume of submissions, it may be several months before you receive a decision. Comments on submissions will be given if requested.

All submissions should be sent either e-mail via:

Or by mail to:

Wild Violet
c/o Alyce Wilson
1925 Lawrence Rd., Apt. D-3
Havertown, PA 19083

Please include a biographical paragraph. Feel free to be creative but keep it concise. Read examples of other bios on the site for ideas.

There is no length limit for fiction, but we may ask to serialize longer stories (more than 11,000 words). Essays should be 3,000 words or less. There is no line limit for poetry.

While we will consider a range of styles and subject material, we are not interested in violence that serves no purpose, works written for shock value alone, or anything overly flowery, plagiarized, or racist. Read through the issues on the site to get a better idea of what we accept.

Text-based submissions (essays, poems, fiction, etc.) should be either included in the body of the e-mail or sent as a separate text file (either as a .txt file or as a Microsoft Word file). Those sending a .txt file can indicate italics using the following method:

‘Well, I am a bit {begin ital.} frantic {end ital.} following my emergency appendix surgery.’

Artwork or photography should be e-mailed as an attachment. All standard image extensions are acceptable (.GIF, .JPG, .TIFF). Resolution need be no higher than 72 dpi, but you can send a higher resolution image and we will adjust it before publication. If the file is too large to send, try reducing the dimensions of the image. We also accept Winzip or Netzip files.

Wild Violet is published weekly. Send seasonal material at least three months in advance.

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