Submission Guidelines

In order to guarantee a response about your submission, please read and follow these guidelines.

Send all submissions to Send a brief biography with your submission.

File formats accepted (send your submission as an attachment, no bigger than 2MBs):

Text: .doc or .rtf
Images: .jpg, .gif, or .bmp
Any file that doesn't have a normal extension is a file that I won't even open (too many viruses going around).

Don't send submissions within the body of an e-mail message, because my e-mail program might not translate with yours and the formatting will be screwy. Feel free to submit many poems within one Word document, but make sure that you clearly show poem titles, formatting, and so on.

About art: Traditionally the cover of the magazine and all the major sections of the magazine are a part of a series by one artist. I also accept art that will illustrate a particular feature or article; just collaborate with the writer.

Read the magazine to get an idea of what we publish. This is a magazine that has traditionally published non-mainstream articles in honor of the Beat Generation and others who liked to experiment. That sometimes makes things controversial, but censorship is for the birds and I like to shock and surprise now and then--as long as the art and writing is intelligently formed. Anyway, that doesn't mean that this magazine is limited to talking about Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs (the current issue doesn't have much to do with any "beat" poet, for a change). I just want this magazine to be dynamic and unpredictable. Also, I'm stealing a phrase from someone I know who was recently soliciting writers:

Do not try to emulate any writer's "style." You should write as yourself and write what comes naturally to you.

Don't submit stuff that's already online somewhere. Sometimes I make an exception for republishing, but not usually. It depends on the context, I think. For instance, in one issue of this mag, I'd accepted someone's poems and later searched for the guy in Google to see if I could find his bio. I found out that the same poems he had submitted to me were in recent issues of not only one but two other poetry e-zines, so I didn't bother putting his poems here. I guess that's not such a terrible thing if you want to get your work out there, but I want this magazine to be as original and fresh as possible. On the other hand, sometimes there are art pieces and stories out there in some obscure place, and I don't mind (once in a blue moon) putting them on this site. Please check with me first, to be sure. Also, I don't mind publishing excerpts of books that have been published in hard copy only; in fact, I've loved doing that in the past.

Do a spell-check and grammar check before sending in your submission. Have your piece ready to go. I always let the contributors have a sneak preview of an issue before it goes to publication, but by that time I don't like to change much except for honest mistakes, which we all make (especially me).

I'm the only "staff" at Jack Magazine, and I have two speeds: stop and go. So if you don't hear back from me right away, don't despair; it just means that I'm doing other things. I sometimes take weeks-long breaks from dealing with Jack. Feel free to remind me about your submission. The next issue will probably go up this summer (2003) between June-July. If I don't ever reply to your submission, it's probably because you didn't follow these simple guidelines. Also, if you've contributed to Jack in the past couple issues, please wait a while before submitting again.

About doing reviews: Going along with the last point I made about the fact that I'm the only "staff" here, I don't have the time to review books and CDs (as much as I'd love to). However, Jack does accept reviews, so if you find someone to write a review of a book or film or piece of music, please have that person submit it.

Since Jack is a nonprofit e-zine, there is no monetary payment for submissions. However, I'm happy to plug your art, books, links, and so on.

About mailing lists: I used to have a huge mailing list that was full of people I didn't know. I got this list from a fellow editor. I stopped using the list to send out announcements for new issues of Jack because it bothers a few people to get unsolicited e-mail. I hated to bother anyone, so now I just send out announcements to people who I know are interested. This smaller mailing list hasn't resulted in a loss of page hits, so that's just how I'll continue doing things. But this brings me to another point. Somehow I've gotten on like about one zillion poetry mailing lists. I kind of just don't care, I suppose, because if I'm not interested, the Delete key is really easy to find--but if you are using a mailing list, here's a hint: put your recipient addresses in the Bcc: line (that's a blind copy) not the Cc: line. I cringe every time I see my e-mail address openly sent to a million other people who are reading about sweetheart poetry or some shit. People like that are ultimately who I also have gotten viruses from--amazing, huh.