concīs is about short-form work. Genre—if you believe in such labels—is unimportant: poems, prose poems, flash fictions, micro-essays, reviews in miniature, sudden fictions, haiku, tanka, American Sentences, insights, epigrams, the unclassifiable…they’re all good. Read work we’ve accepted so far and see some of our Inspirations for a better idea of what we mean.
“Brevity” is subjective. We’ve read 8-line poems that are 7-lines too long and 30-line poems that flash and fire quicker than a haiku. Take a look at our Inspirations and use your best judgment. 25 lines of poetry/300 words of prose or less—even significantly less—feels right, but that feeling’s not a rule. We do feel safe specifying a minimum length of one character, glyph, symbol or visual.
Simultaneous & Previously Published
Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know right away if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Previously published work is accepted if it was previously published in print or in an online venue that is no longer available.
Submission & Formats
We prefer you submit your work using our submission form (https://concis.submittable.com/submit) in a common format:
- Text: RTF, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT
- Visual/Multimedia: JPG, PNG, GIF, MP3, WAV, MP4, AVI, MOV
If you have problems with the form, you can submit your work using the same format(s) using email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If your multimedia work is too large to submit using the form or email, contact us at email@example.com for file sharing alternatives.
We love mail and accept submissions, comments, mail art and random gifts to:
PO Box 82826
Fairbanks, AK 99708
Rights & Payment
concīs pays $10 per piece for publication on the web site and as part of a seasonal collection/ebook/PDF (possibly in multiple e-reading formats). Upon acceptance, authors will be given an option to donate their payments to Room to Read (a 4-star charity promoting literacy and gender equality in education across Asia and Africa). Donations will be matched by concīs.
If and when we create any kind of print publication and wish to include your work, we will negotiate a separate payment.