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Red Ogre Review

Red Ogre Review is open for submissions!

We're an online magazine started by graduates of Lancaster University's 2021 Creative Writing Masters class. We're primarily interested in poetry, prose poetry, book reviews and critical essays. We also accept visual art submissions.

Thematically, we're open to all subjects, but we have a particular interest in fresh takes on contemporary life, international voices, and writing in general that challenges the boundaries of how verse and text can be composed and interpreted.

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August 2022 - Poetry & Art Free Tip Jar Option

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Closes on Sunday, July 31, 2022 11:59 PM UTC (in 25 days)

Submission Guidelines

We like to keep things simple. This is what we like to see in submissions:

A cover letter

  • Please provide a short cover letter introducing yourself and your submission.
  • Include a short author bio, three to five sentences, with anything you'd like to highlight about your background, the submission, your publication history, and similar things.
  • If you have previously-published books / chapbooks / pamphlets / etc. for sale online, please provide links. We are happy to post courtesy links in your author bio for readers to purchase copies of your work.

For all writing submissions

  • Microsoft Word .docx file format.
  • Use a standard font.
  • Include a cover page that lists your name, email address, and the title(s) of your work.
  • Please include your author bio here, too, so we don't lose track of it.

For poetry and prose poetry

  • Up to ten poems or short prose poems.
  • Single-spaced lines.

For book reviews and critical essays

  • Up to 1,000 words. Submissions that exceed the word count limit will not be reviewed or acknowledged.
  • 1.5-line space your file.

For visual art

  • Please format visual art submissions as .jpg or .png files.
  • While not required, ideally, visual art submissions should come with a link to your online portfolio or to your ArtPal / Fine Art America / Saatchi Art / Society6 / etc. page. We'd like to be able to provide a courtesy link for readers to purchase prints of your art.

When will I hear back?

Since we're a volunteer-run non-profit journal, we will do our best to review your submission and reply in a timely manner, but please be patient if it takes us a couple of weeks. We also sometimes reserve submissions that don't fit the issue they were submitted to, but that display merit and may work well for later issues. If you haven't heard from us for the issue you submitted to, it means that your submission is still under consideration.

Primeval Monster Zine

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Primeval Monster is open for submissions!

What is it?

This is a new side project for Red Ogre Review. Unlike our main journal, this zine will not have regular monthly issues, or any issues at all. Instead, we'll publish individual pieces as we receive and accept them.

What kind of submissions?

Any kind of short story, flash fiction, poetry, prose poetry, or visual art, as long as it involves a monster theme.

Where did the name come from?

The domain name was on sale for $1.00. We thought, why not? Seems like fun.

Submission Guidelines

We like to keep things simple. This is what we like to see in submissions:

A cover letter

  • Please provide a short cover letter introducing yourself and your submission.
  • Include a short author bio, three to five sentences, with anything you'd like to highlight about your background, the submission, your publication history, and similar things.
  • If you have previously-published books / chapbooks / pamphlets / etc. for sale online, please provide links. We are happy to post courtesy links in your author bio for readers to purchase copies of your work.

For all writing submissions

  • Microsoft Word .docx file format. Use a standard font.
  • Include a cover page that lists your name, email address, and the title(s) of your work.
  • Please include your author bio here, too, so we don't lose track of it.
  • If selected, would you want a specific image for your post's header? If so, please provide a link to the image. You must either own the image or it should be free for commercial use and/or in the public domain. Unsplash.com is a great resource for free images.

For poetry and prose poetry

  • Up to ten poems or short prose poems.
  • Single-spaced lines.

For prose

  • Up to 2,500 words total, regardless of format.
  • 1.5-line space your file.

For visual art

  • Please format visual art submissions as .jpg or .png files.
  • Please provide a short artist's statement that describes how you made the piece. People enjoy reading these descriptions!
  • While not required, ideally, visual art submissions should come with a link to your online portfolio or to your ArtPal / Fine Art America / Saatchi Art / Society6 / etc. page. We'd like to be able to provide a courtesy link for readers to purchase prints of your art.

When will I hear back?

Since we're a volunteer-run non-profit journal, we will do our best to review your submission and reply in a timely manner, but please be patient if it takes us a couple of weeks.

Zine Site

https://primeval.monster

Short Genre Fiction Contest

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Red Ogre Review is holding its first writing contest!

What is the theme of the contest?

Short genre fiction. We want pieces that exemplify genre writing. We're not interested in what could be described as standard contemporary or literary short fiction. While we like lit fic and write plenty of it ourselves, that's not the focus of this contest.

We want the diametrical opposite: stories that fall clearly inside a specific genre, ones that could not possibly be viewed as not falling inside their chosen genre.

Which genre?

You pick! It can be anything you'd like to try: adventure, fantasy, sci fi, horror, romance, crime, historical fiction, etc. Any genre is fine as long as it is a clearly-identifiable genre.

Why are you holding a contest?

  • We've haven't held a contest before. It seems like fun.
  • Zine fundraising.
  • While the zine itself focuses on poetry and visual art, over the first six months that we've been up and running, we've received consistent interest in short fiction from our authors and readers. We can't accommodate prose fiction in the zine without compromising its essential character and purpose, but we can have a special issue devoted to short fiction!
  • We'd also like to see if there are trends to the type of short fiction our authors and readers like.

What's the prize?

The winner will have their story featured in a special issue on our site, their choice of a zine t-shirt ($30 value) or a zine coffee / tea mug ($25 value), and possibly a cut of the total entry fees raised, depending on the number of entries.

What will you do with the rest?

Like many indie zines, we pay for all operating costs out of our own pockets. Entry fees, after processing fees, etc., will be used to cover a number of expenses: Duosuma platform fees, website hosting costs, trade organization yearly dues, and similar things.

If we're fortunate enough to have an excess, that will be put aside for next year's budget. We're not keeping anything for ourselves. It all goes to the zine.

What are the submission requirements?

  • Please include a cover letter with your contact information and a brief author bio.
  • Please clearly identify the genre of your submission. If we have to guess or if we can't decide, it's probably not genre-focused enough!
  • 5,000 word limit for a single short story.
  • If not submitting a single short story, up to five flash fiction pieces, 500 word limit for each.
  • We'd greatly appreciate use of a standard manuscript format. Click HERE for an example. We know that it's kind of a pain in the neck to format a piece to a specific standard, if you're used to a different formatting standard, but it makes editing for us easier and will be looked on kindly.

When will I hear back?

Submissions close on June 30, 2022. While we expect to review submissions as they come in, we'll make a final decision within around two weeks after that.

Where will the winning piece be published?

We'll post a special issue to our site with the winning piece and any honorable mentions.