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Loud Coffee Press

Loud Coffee Press is a quarterly literary journal. Please carefully read all guidelines.

Submissions that do not adhere to guidelines will not be accepted.

***The most important information we can share is that work submitted to Loud Coffee Press does not have to be about coffee or music! We publish all genres of flash fiction, poetry, and art, but each of our published pieces contain some hint(s) of coffee and/or music.***

Submissions do not have to be about coffee or music; they must only contain one or both of these elements in some form (how much or how little is up to you). We are not interested in works based on current events. We view Loud Coffee Press as an escape from the 24-hour news cycle, so we tend to pass over submissions related to the news of the day.

When considering coffee, for example, think about characters drinking, making, or buying coffee. Coffee can be a smell. The setting can be a cafe. Be creative. Coffee can be a major or the most minor of elements. Or, music is present in some way, whether it's playing on a radio, in the background, or when the characters are discussing music. The birds are singing. Again, points for creativity. Please do not violate copyright laws when incorporating music. We don't like that kind of thing here. Every other part of your story is up to you.

Submission Guidelines:

We prefer Times New Roman, size 12-point font in .DOC, .DOCX, or .RTF format and .JPEG or .GIF for art.

We are not interested in work with heavy political or pandemic-related themes.

You may have up to one flash fiction piece, OR up to three poems, OR up to three art pieces in our queue at any given time.

We are open to simultaneous submissions, however, should your submission be accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately via the Duotrope submission engine.

We try our best to respond to all submissions within 60 days. If you have not heard from us within 60 days, please send us an Email inquiring about your submission.

Rights

If we publish your work, we require first electronic rights and nonexclusive rights to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit and sell digital and print reproductions; we may include your story in our archived material and social media.

Fiction/Poetry/Art Reprint Submissions

Loud Coffee Press does not accept unsolicited fiction and poetry reprint submissions. We do accept art reprints.

Compensation

We are a non-paying journal, but you will earn our immense gratitude, virtual cheers, and rock fingers.

*****Note: These add-ons are not required, nor do they impact your chances of publication!***

Add Ons

Do you want your submission prioritized? For the price of a cheap cup of coffee, we are offering the following service:

1. Express Coffee ($3): We will read and respond back to you about your submission within a week.

If you are interested in either or both of these services:

1. Click the link to buy us a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/LoudCoffeePress

2. Input your name in the NAME field.

3. In the message section of the Buy Me a Coffee form, include the desired add-on(s), Express Coffee, and the name of the piece you wish to have us review!

Quick Links to Open Calls:

Artwork Free

Open

Art Submissions

Submissions do not have to be about coffee or music. We are not interested in works based on current events. We view Loud Coffee Press as an escape from the 24-hour news cycle, so we tend to pass over submissions related to the news of the day.

  • Art submissions (photographic or other) can include reference to or interpretation of coffee and/or music but do not necessarily need to contain either. Please limit to no more than three (3) files of high resolution .JPEG or .GIF formats.

Flash Fiction (1000 Words Max) Free

Open

Flash Fiction Submissions

Submissions do not have to be about coffee or music; they must only contain one or both of these elements in some form (how much or how little is up to you). We are not interested in works based on current events. We view Loud Coffee Press as an escape from the 24-hour news cycle, so we tend to pass over submissions related to the news of the day.

When considering coffee, for example, think about characters drinking, making, or buying coffee. Coffee can be a smell. The setting can be a cafe. Be creative. Coffee can be a major or the most minor of elements. Or, music is present in some way, whether it's playing on a radio, or in the background, or the characters are discussing music. The birds are singing. Again, points for creativity. Please do not violate copyright laws when incorporating music. We don't like that kind of thing here. Every other part of your story is up to you.

  • Flash fiction submissions can be of two sizes: our single-shots run from 99 to 250 words. Double shots are anywhere from 250 to 1000 words. We love to see what you can do on the shorter end of the word count. We seek stories with the three important flash elements: emotion, the turn (or the twist), and resonance. We look for a compressed arc in a narrow space.

Poetry Free

Open

Poetry Submissions

Submissions do not have to be about coffee or music; they must only contain one or both of these elements in some form (how much or how little is up to you). We are not interested in works based on current events. We view Loud Coffee Press as an escape from the 24-hour news cycle, so we tend to pass over submissions related to the news of the day.

When considering coffee, for example, think about characters drinking, making, or buying coffee. Coffee can be a smell. The setting can be a cafe. Be creative. Coffee can be a major or the most minor of elements. Or, music is present in some way, whether it's playing on a radio, or in the background, or the characters are discussing music. The birds are singing. Again, points for creativity. Please do not violate copyright laws when incorporating music. We don't like that kind of thing here. Every other part of your story is up to you.

  • Poetry submissions must include reference to coffee and/or music but do not necessarily need to contain both. Please limit poetry to no more than three (3) poems.