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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Paris Lit Up Magazine is an annual non-profit publication available in both print and digital formats through Paris Lit Up Press. If you’d like to see what we’ve previously published, you can pick up a copy on our online store at http://press.parislitup.com.

  • Submissions of previously unpublished work must be made using the PLU Submissions Manager. No emails, no exceptions.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions—if your work is accepted elsewhere, congratulations, but please remove it from the PLU database.
  • Remember to separate your submissions: 1 submission = 1 contribution. Do not bundle your submissions.
  • We accept written work of any kind including prose, poetry, essays, interviews, reviews, etc. submitted in any standard word processing format (.docx, .doc, .txt, .rft). Please consult our prose styleguide and/or our poetry styleguide for futher details.
  • We accept visual artwork of any kind including photography, painting, comic strips, illustrations, etc. in any standard format (.jpg, .tiff, .gif, .png). Images must be in high-resolution print quality (minimum 300dpi).
  • Please include a 50-word BIO in the appropriate section.
  • Translations must be accompanied by permission from the original writer or their literary estate.
  • Writers and artists from Paris or with a Paris connection are especially sought, although submissions from anywhere in the world will be considered. Tell us the nature of your connection, if applicable, using the BIO
  • Contributors will be sent 1 complimentary copy of the magazine. As a Non-Profit Association, we regret that we have no funds to pay contributors.
  • In keeping with the cooperative principles of Paris Lit Up, we publish under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License. This license allows your work to be freely shared and distributed under the conditions of author attribution, non-commercial use and no derivative works (further legal details can be found here).
  • If you have any questions or queries please direct them to info [at] parislitup [dot] com

All submissions will be assumed to agree to these terms.

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STYLEGUIDE

The following guidelines are to be used as a reference for Paris Lit Up editors when reading and, when necessary, editing submissions in compliance with the writer. Poets can also use this outline as a resource before or after submitting to know what to expect from the editorial team’s decisions.

Format:

  1. Single-spaced lines, unless otherwise agreed upon by editors and writer.
  2. Lines of stanzas or paragraphs should be left aligned, unless the poem’s form is consciously atypical and approved by the editors.
  3. Line space between poem stanzas
  4. One-inch borders
  5. 12 pt font, Times New Roman

Punctuation:

  1. Consistency and clarity for punctuation is standard. If, for example, the poem’s punctuation is questionably inconsistent, the editor may work with the writer to clarify these details.
  2. Use a long dash (—) for a strong interruption in a sentence, and a hyphen for compound words, such as compound adjectives (such as “accident-prone” or “good-looking”).
  3. Single or double quotations are acceptable, however, there must be consistency. If, for example, the poem is written with British English spelling, single inverted commas are typically used. If the work is written in American English, double inverted commas are typically used.

Capitalization:

  1. The writer should be conscious of how the work to come across to the reader and which style of capitalization, or non-capitalization suits the work’s style.
  2. Poets may decide to capitalize the first letter of the beginning word of each line of their poem if they so choose. Likewise, lowercasing all the way through is acceptable.
  3. Whether you decide to capitalize or not, the editors will decide if it remains logically consistent or not.
  4. In the title, the following should always be lowercase, unless they are first or last word: articles, coordinate conjunctions** and prepositions

* common subordinate conjunctions: as, because, although

** common coordinate conjunctions: and, or, nor

Spelling:

  1. Both British and American English spelling are acceptable, however, spelling must remain consistent.
  2. Writing in dialect is also acceptable. If the chosen orthography of the dialect is too convoluted to comprehend the meaning, the editors may work address this with the writer.

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