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About

In 2017, rather than teaching a course about what it would be like to work for a literary magazine, Dr. LoVerde-Dropp developed a course for Kennesaw State University’s MAPW program that produced a literary magazine. The first two issues of The Crambo were the result of this course and the hard work of Dr. Loverde-Dropp and her students. The Headlight Review was born out of a rebranding initiative as the magazine structure shifted to enable a greater collaboration between faculty, students, and community. As we make this transition, we seek stories with characters that become flesh and blood—poems that light up the senses. New voices and established ones are welcomed. We are committed to giving each work a fair look and nominating selected contributors for PushCart Prizes each year. Here at The Headlight Review, we believe that well crafted narratives and poetry have the ability to affect real and lasting change in the reader—and thereby the world. We hope you will browse the site and find a story or poem, maybe two or three, that give you that experience.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2017

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationUnknown publication frequency.

Fiction Open

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
General General
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 5,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
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Nonfiction Open

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Personal.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Literature/Books (Theory/Analysis/Criticism, See guidelines), Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Review Review750 - 1,500 words.
Essay EssayUp to 5,000 words.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 5,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Poetry Open

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
General General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 3 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Visual Art Open

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Art Media:
Open to all/most Art Media, including: Digital art, Cartoon/Comic strip, Painting, Photography.
Art Styles:
Open to all/most Art Styles.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Artwork ArtworkUp to 10 pieces.
Graphic Narrative Graphic NarrativeNo page limits known.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKImage format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

The Headlight Review Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day.
This project ranks among the 25 Most Approachable Nonfiction Publishers in our database.
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AccuracyWe have received 133 reports from 78 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported0 min | 39.6 mean avg | 24.0 median | 224 max days (72.1 std dev)
Responses81.96 %
Acceptances15.79 % of submissions accepted (43.2 avg. days per acceptance) | 25.64 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections66.17 % (34.6 avg. days per rejection) | 14.8 % personal, 78.4 % form, 6.8 % unspecified
Non-Responses18.05 %
Lost/Returned-
Never Responded-
Withdrawals18.05 % (54.8 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending73 responses are pending (1 min | 54.6 mean avg | 35.0 median | 184 max days waiting | 67.7 std dev) from 42 different members This only includes pending reports of users who have been active on this site within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 60 days. (33.8 % of the responses reported to us for this market have taken longer than 60 days.)
Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 05 Dec 2021.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 12 Nov 2021.

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Dates

Last Updated: 16 Oct 2021
Last Checked: 29 Nov 2021 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 16 Sep 2021 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 16 Oct 2017

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