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Lake Effect An International Literary Journal

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Lake Effect is a publication of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Country of Publication

United States

Publication Medium & Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 1 x per year.

Fiction Open

Lake Effect is looking for stories that emerge from character and language as much as from plot. Lake Effect does not, in general, publish genre fiction, but literary fiction.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 3,750 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment (Provides free copy/copies) No monetary payment. Provides free copy/copies.

Submissions:

Methods: Submittable submission manager. Postal.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Nonfiction Open

Lake Effect is looking for well-crafted and lively literary or personal essays. We are not looking for literary criticism, but essays that engage literature in the context of a lived life are certainly welcome.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Essay EssayUp to 3,750 words.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 3,750 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Personal. Excluding: Critical.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics, including: Literature/Books (General, excluding Theory/Analysis/Criticism), Memoir.

Payment:

No monetary payment (Provides free copy/copies) No monetary payment. Provides free copy/copies.

Submissions:

Methods: Submittable submission manager. Postal.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Poetry Open

Lake Effect is looking for poems that demonstrate an original voice and that use multi-layered, evocative images presented in a language shaped by an awareness of how words sound and mean. Each line should help to carry the poem.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 4 pieces.
Poetry Forms:

Open to all/most Forms.

Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment (Provides free copy/copies) No monetary payment. Provides free copy/copies.

Submissions:

Methods: Submittable submission manager. Postal.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


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Lake Effect 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. Learn more about the statistics.
This project ranks among the 25 Fastest Nonfiction Publishers in our database.
AccuracyWe have received 227 reports from 168 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported2 min | 47.6 mean avg | 8.0 median | 394 max days (84.7 std dev)
Responses93.39 %
Acceptances1.76 % of submissions accepted (22.5 avg. days per acceptance) | 2.38 % 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.
Rejections91.63 % (41.3 avg. days per rejection) | 26.0 % personal, 53.4 % form, 20.7 % unspecified
Non-Responses6.61 %
Lost/Returned-
Never Responded1.32 % (280.0 avg. days before reporting submissions as never responded)
Withdrawals5.29 % (106.3 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending19 responses are pending (3 min | 71.5 mean avg | 22.0 median | 427 max days waiting | 109.8 std dev) from 19 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 120 days. (16.7 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 120 days.)
Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 20 Jul 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 13 Jul 2024.

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Dates

Last Updated: 21 Jul 2024
Last Audited: 21 Jul 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 17 Feb 2007

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