Please review our submission guidelines for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction on Submittable. We do read simultaneous submissions; however, if you withdraw a submission (or part of a submission) we ask that you do this through Submittable and not through our editorial email address.
We welcome work by BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ writers. We are open to a diverse range of styles, including experimental and hybrid work. The best way to decide if The Account is a good fit for your work is by reading an issue of the journal. All issues can be read for free on our website.
We read submissions from May 1st — September 1st and November 15th — March 1st. We are closing 2021 poetry submissions on June 30. All other genres are open until September 1. Due to the pandemic, we are switching to a once yearly publication schedule for 2021 and launching our next issue in November 2021.
Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but you must withdraw your work immediately if it is no longer available. Authors retain their copyright and will receive a contract upon acceptance.
We require that you send us not only your creative work, but also an account of that work.
account = history, sketch, marker, repository of influences
The account is an opportunity for the artist to lift the curtain and say something that might not be present on the page. We are interested in exploring the relationship between what is known (the work on the page) and what is often left unknown (the artist’s intentions behind that work). By pairing each piece of art with an account, readers of the journal will also get to experience the piece in two different ways simultaneously, with two different levels of intimacy.
What you reveal is up to you. An account can be personal or formal—it is entirely up to the artist. We ask that if you choose to be satirical, you do so in service of your work. We are most interested in how you would track the choices, influences, and thought that make up your aesthetic as it pertains to the work in question, or to your larger body of work. In other words, what went into making this work? What was on your mind? What brought you to the page or into the studio to create this piece?
Criticism operates on a solicitation-only basis.
Art currently operates on a solicitation-only basis. However, if you are interested in sending us a work sample, CV, and query letter, you are welcome to via the address below.
General info: poetryprosethought — at gmail — dot — com