I’ve been receiving a lot of submissions recently and I feel that I really should put up a few simple guidelines. These are just some basic notes for now, but in a few weeks (when the proper www.beatdom.com website is finished) I’ll get a full list of downloadable instructions for you.
Please keep in mind that Beatdom is a Beat Generation-themed literary journal. We publish short stories and poetry, but mostly we’re looking for essays about the Beats. These essays should be interesting and take a different slant on the Beat Generation. There are hundreds of books and essays out there that cover these subjects, so we want something new.
There is no word limit for essays. Please make sure your essay is readable – that means long enough to go where you want, but short enough that you won’t bore your reader. Between 2,000 and 5,000 words is optimal.
Essays should be sent as a .doc Word file. Please keep the text single-spaced and do not add two spaces between a period and the start of the next sentence.
You should receive a reply to your submission within a few days.
We usually print one or two short stories per issue, and receive hundreds of submissions. Please don’t expect a prompt reply, and don’t resubmit after a few weeks.
Stories should relate to the stated theme of each issue and should not exceed 5,000 words.
We publish several poems per issue and receive hundreds of submissions. Please don’t expect a prompt reply, and don’t resubmit after a few weeks.
Poems should ideally fit the theme of the issue, or display some sort of connection to the Beat Generation.