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About

The Normal School is now an online journal featuring nonfiction, fiction, poetry, criticism, journalism, author interviews, and multi-media texts. We are nestled happily into the California State University at Fresno like a comfy spore in a benign and mighty lung. We dig quirky, boundary-challenging, energetic prose and poetry with innovations in content, form, and focus, which isn’t actually as high-falutin’ as it sounds. We’re just sort of the lit mag equivalent of the kid who always has bottle caps, cat’s eye marbles, dead animal skulls, little blue men and other treasures in his pockets. We also actively seek to publish and promote work by historically under-represented and marginalized voices.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for all submissions, and does not offer monetary payment for accepted submissions.

Country of Publication

United States

Publication Media & Frequency

Audio Publication Audio PublicationUnknown publication frequency.
Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationUnknown publication frequency.
Video Publication Video PublicationUnknown publication frequency.

Fiction Open Fee-based

Dates:
Open to fiction submissions through 01 December 2021* (approx. 37 days from now). 1
Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
General General
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Humorous, 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 - 2,500 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 OKAudio format submissions Text format submissions Video format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

Nonfiction Open Fee-based

Dates:
Open to nonfiction submissions through 01 December 2021* (approx. 37 days from now). 1
Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Critical, Experimental, Humorous, Literary, Personal.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Memoir, Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Essay EssayUp to 1,000 words.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 1,000 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 OKAudio format submissions Text format submissions Video format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

Poetry Open Fee-based

Dates:
Open to poetry submissions through 01 December 2021* (approx. 37 days from now). 1
Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
General General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Humorous, Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 5 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 OKAudio format submissions Text format submissions Video format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

Visual Art Open Fee-based

Dates:
Open to visual art submissions through 01 December 2021* (approx. 37 days from now). 0
Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Art Media:
Cartoon/Comic strip, Photography.
Art Styles:
Open to all/most Art Styles, including: Narrative.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Graphic Narrative Graphic NarrativeNo page limits known.
Photo Essay Photo EssayNo image 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.
* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

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Dates

Last Updated: 04 Oct 2021
Last Checked: 03 Oct 2021 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 25 May 2021 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 30 Dec 2007

Before Submitting

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