Walloon Writers Review

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 2023

EXPLORATION

Exploration has long been a hallmark of life in Northern Michigan. Whether the exterior ups and downs of the hills and streams, from the North Country Trail to the Great Lakes Circle Tour, or the interior insights revealed while sitting on a deserted beach or in the hollow of a storm-felled spruce tree, the idea of exploration is an integral part of what it means to recognize this region.

Walloon Writers Review welcomes your creative writing and photographic imagery illustrating the many ways to explore Northern Michigan. In short story, poetry, drama, or other imaginative written formats, or in color or black and white photographs, we challenge you to share how exploration–interior or exterior–demonstrates the mystery and the magnetism of our beloved region.

Glen Young

Guidelines for Submissions for Walloon Writers Review

February 1 – March 15, 2023

Thank you for your interest in sharing your northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula-inspired creative writing and nature photography with Walloon Writers Review. We accept submissions through Submittable.  Our reading fee is $6.50 which helps offset the cost of producing this regional publication and we make a donation to an area non-profit with part of your fee.  

This year, please limit to two (2) submissions total.  All submissions will receive acknowledgement of receipt, will be reviewed and an email with be sent to you with our determination.  We are accepting original materials for our 8th Edition. We regret that due to staff size, we are unable to provide individual feedback.

We accept the following for consideration:

Short Stories (4,000 words or less) 

Poetry 

Other styles of creative writing and prose

Nature Photography  (no people in the image, please)

Walloon Writers Review is produced in print to celebrate the unique elements of this amazing region and intentionally designed to share, pick up and put down to read, and have out on the porch magazine table, cabin bookshelf, at camp, in the library and bookstores in the Michigan section. To ensure a variety of ages and backgrounds enjoy the collection, we only accept materials that can comfortably be shared with a general audience. All submissions are required to be about, inspired by and reflective of northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

All accepted materials will be included in our upcoming edition which is printed and distributed through Ingram, available in Michigan independent bookstores and online at Bookshop.org; BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com. Our audience finds us at bookstores, online, in social media, at the library, in sponsorship of public radio and print advertising. We are honored to have our entire collection available at the Library of Michigan. 

Since this is an annual collection, expect to see both familiar contributors and new voices. We welcome both.

Authors/Photographers retain North American Rights to their submission. If accepted, you are granting Walloon Writers Review permission to publish and include your submission as part of our collection. Should you re-publish the same work, we request notation that this was originally published in Walloon Writers Review and cite edition and year.

Writing Submissions

Please submit your original creative writing via Submittable in a Word file.  We can not accept .pdf due to design delays. Additionally, we ask that you proofread your work before hitting send. Pages riddled with typographical errors are distracting to the quality of your materials and slow our process considerably. Occasional misspellings and typos can occur but, unfortunately, we may have to decline any drafts that are too full of errors to read.

Nature Photography Submissions 

Please submit your photography directly through Submittable.  While you may send your image file to editor@walloonwriters.com, please use Submittable with a note to look for your photography in our email with your name. Your fee can be paid directly through Submittable. Please email us if you have a challenge. Please be sure to include your name, contact information, image title, location, if separate from title, and copyright symbol or name for copyright

Again, nature photography is to be about and taken in northern Michigan and or the Upper Peninsula. We are also again reminding all that the photography submissions must be your original image, must not contain any people, and we would appreciate the general location of the photo.

Simultaneous Submissions:  We offer a14 day withdrawal notification after acceptance should your work be accepted for publication elsewhere.  

Walloon Writers Review will run our Call For Submissions from FEBRUARY 1, 2023 until MARCH 15, 2023 for our upcoming print edition. Our expected release date is tbd in early Summer, 2023. We notify you via Submittable of receipt, acceptance or decline.  If your piece is included in the upcoming edition, you will receive advanced notification of release date, one copy of the edition mailed to you and recognition online and in our promotional channels. Everyone can expect email from Walloon Writers Review on a semi-regular basis regarding promotions, readings and other business.   Should you have any questions, please email us at editor@walloonwriters.com.

We ask that you consider supporting Walloon Writers Review and the Michigan authors and photographers included in the magazine by purchasing a copy at a Michigan independent bookstore or online at Bookshop.org and pick a bookstore to benefit, as well. 

All North American Rights are retained by authors and photographers and by submitting materials, selected contributors agree to allow publication, use for promotional purposes and distribution of their submission by Walloon Writers Review. (Expect to see your name in a few places!)

Note:  Previous editions are available at our list of outstanding Michigan independent booksellers or online.  See “Where to Find Walloon Writers Review” for more information.

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