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At The Rumpus, we’ve got essays, reviews, interviews, music, film, fiction, and poetry—along with some kick-ass comics. We know how easy it is to find pop culture on the Internet, so we’re here to give you something more challenging, to show you how beautiful things are when you step off the beaten path. The Rumpus is a place where people come to be themselves through their writing, to tell their stories or speak their minds in the most artful and authentic way they know how, and to invite each of you, as readers, commenters, or future contributors, to do the same. What we have in common is a passion for fantastic writing that’s brave, passionate, and true (and sometimes very, very funny).

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Country of Publication

United States

Audience

Open to a broad Audience.

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationUnknown publication frequency.

Fiction Temp Closed

We are interested in sharp, fresh, original work that grapples with life as it is really lived and felt in the world today. We want writing that walks on a wire, questions conventions, conveys a vision. I think it was William Gass who said he would no more want his books to be loved by everybody than he’d want his daughter to be loved by everybody. Take this to heart. Show us something new, even if the subject matter is old. We have nothing against subtle domestic dramas or heartland contemplations, as long as the people in them seem like real people, not characters in subtle contemplation of their literary navels. In other words, please don’t send anything boring.

Dates:
Will be open to submissions from 01 September 2018 (71.9 days from now) through 30 September 2018. 1
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
General GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionNo specific word count limits known (our definition: up to 1000 words).
Short Story Short StoryNo specific word count limits known (our definition: 1000 to 7500 words).
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Unknown payment Unknown payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
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Nonfiction Temp Closed

We’re interested in seeing finished essays that intersect culture. We realize it’s a lot to ask for people to to write something without knowing if it will be published. On the other hand if you aren’t driven by the story so much that you have to write it then it’s probably not a good fit for The Rumpus. It’s OK to pitch interviews, book reviews, and film reviews, otherwise we’re really only interested in finished pieces until we get to know you.

Dates:
Will be open to submissions from 01 September 2018 (71.9 days from now) through 01 November 2018. 0
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Film/Television (General, Theory/Analysis/Criticism), Literature/Books (General, Theory/Analysis/Criticism), Music (General, Theory/Analysis/Criticism), Society/Culture.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Interview InterviewNo specific word count limits known.
Review ReviewNo specific word count limits known.
Essay Essay1,500 - 4,000 words.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Unknown payment Unknown payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
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Visual Art Open

Art Media:
Cartoon/Comic strip.
Art Styles:
Open to all/most Art Styles.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Graphic Narrative Graphic NarrativeNo page limits known.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKImage format submissions
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Dates

Last Updated: 18 Jun 2018
Last Audited: 18 Jun 2018 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 18 Jul 2011

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