Fundamentally, our mission is to give a voice to short (flash) fiction, short non-fiction (essay, memoir), poetry, and visual art that is by an author or artist living in the Southwest, generally considered to be California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah. The voices we especially want to hear from are those of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ writers. We expect to see your best work, beautifully presented.
We pay our writers; we don’t charge them. Well, except for contests. You want to win some decent prize money, right? 100% of contest entry fees are paid back to our winning writers, no exceptions.
We currently pay $20/poem for poetry, $25/image for visual art pieces, and the current SFWA rate of 8 cents per word for prose. CCR firmly believes in paying our contributors, and we are working hard to increase the amount we pay them. Payment is at the time of publication via PayPal.
We only accept submissions that are previously unpublished.
We do accept simultaneous submissions, however, please notify us right away if your work is accepted elsewhere.
If you agree to allow CCR to publish your work, we will receive first serial rights and all rights revert back to you upon publication. We ask that you credit CCR as the original publication.
We only accept email submissions. We do not use Submittable because we would have to charge our writers to pay for this service.
Our response time is 3-4 months. Please wait 3-4 months before inquiring about the status of your submission.
Please wait for a response to your submission before sending us more work.
We highly recommend reading the journal to better understand the type of work we are looking for.
This is proving to be a recurring problem, so we're putting it upfront. Please, for all our sakes, read this next part carefully.
All submissions should be sent by e-mail (no letters or telephone calls please) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Below are some formatting rules to help us process your submission more quickly.
EMAIL AND COVER LETTERS
Email is accepted in both text and HTML formats. When submitting, please put this in the subject line:
Submission: (Title) - (First and Last name)
Include the following in the body of the email and in the attached submission:
Name to use on the story (byline), if different
Your preferred email address
Your mailing address
The story's title
The story's word count
You may also include a cover letter in the body of the email. If you're unsure of what goes in them (and especially what doesn't) please do a Google search and learn before submitting. One thing we would like to see in the cover letter is how you meet our mission statement (see above).
We ONLY accept submissions as attachments!
All stories submitted as an attachment must follow standard manuscript formatting. We will no longer read any story not properly formatted. For explanations and tips on what SMF is and how to do it with word processing programs, please do a Google search and learn before submitting.
You may also look here: https://www.shunn.net/format/story/.
Please send your submission as an attachment in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) or Rich Test Format (.rtf) only. Other formats, such as Works, WordPerfect, Open Office, etc., have proven difficult to open.
WHAT WE ACCEPT
Fiction and non-fiction prose (short story, essay, memoir) up to 5500 words.
Flash fiction and non-fiction, up to 1000 words.
Visual Art such as photographs, digital paintings, etc. that is PC and MAC compatible, TIFF or JPEG.
Poetry, 3-5 submitted on the same document and separated by page.