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Postal address: Editors, Big City Lit™, Box 1141, Cathedral
Sta. NY 10025 USA

Consult the Statement of Editorial Policy (Masthead) before
submitting work or queries. Please also note any current call for

Submissions Categories:
(Specify category in the subject line of submission or query, e.g. "Re: Submission,
Twelve"; "Re: Query, Article".)

Big City, Little
Bridge City Lit
Fiction/Short Prose
Series on Series
Series Reviews
Free Expression
Legal Forum


The New York edition of the magazine typically solicits coherent, multi- contributor compilations of 20-24 poems with accompanying introduction for a specific, single-issue feature. Proposals for poetry feature compilations should contain at least the following elements: name, contact info, and bio of guest editor(s), title, brief description of theme or other unifying concept, contributor names/works (to extent known), suggested recording venue, and advertisers.

Individual Works
The New York edition accepts unsolicited submissions of individual poems for upcoming themes listed below and on the home page, whereby suggested themes are not intended to be restrictive or preclusive of other individual submissions, and for the Big City, Little (details appear on that page) and Twelve features on an ongoing basis. The key for Twelve is risk. There is no specific length limitation for that section, nor are contributions limited to a single piece. We encourage multi-part poem cycles, for instance.

The Bridge City Lit editions (Paris, etc.) also accept unsolicited submissions of individual poems and short prose, especially work in the respective corresponding language (French, Dutch, Spanish, etc.)

Formatting and Font
While field poetry may work well on the printed page, idiosyncratic formatting can be tricky to reproduce on-line, often unsuccessful, and therefore your patience is solicited. A similar appeal applies to gaps and indentations. Our font of choice is Palatino, 14 pt. for text, 16 pt. for title and author name.

Hypertext Literature
We are currently not equipped to publish significant amounts of hypertext literature, but welcome queries about such works for future reference.

Preferred length is 500 to 2500 words. We favor skill in execution, artistic andotherwise. Since use of language includes a mastery of punctuation, we reservediscretion to reproduce only such authorial deviations from standard practicewhich work to demonstrate that facility.Space only once after periods.

Essays, Articles, etc.
Query first for pieces over 750 words. Shorter works may be sent in theirentirety, one at a time, by email paste.Space only once after periods.

Artwork and Photographs
Artwork submissions should be sent by mail only, in any medium appropriate to
the piece, e.g. slides, color photocopies, laser prints, indicating the dimensionsand media used. Include SASE postage prepaid for return.

Current Call for Submissions


9/11 and related events; Confinement (deadline: 01/15); Erotica; Poems on Paintings; Dramatic Monologues; Colors; Epigrams; Self-Portrait; Shoes (socks optional); Moving/Motion; Dust; Corridors; Father.

Maximum length:
60 lines (poetry, except for Twelve
500 words (short prose)
2500 words (fiction) (two installments possible, thus, 5000)
3000 words (verse plays)

By paste and attachment to:
By hardcopy and disk to: Box 1141 Cathedral Sta NY 10025.

Query first regarding reviews, essays, and articles with up to 750-word writing sample.