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L'Esprit Literary Review

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L’Esprit was founded in February 2022, the centenary month of the publication of Ulysses. The journal was thus born in celebration of the literary revolution of consciousness represented by High Modernism, and seeks to publish work in that spirit. L’Esprit searches for fearless, audacious, innovative writing that takes risks at the sentence level and immerses itself in the slippery, wondrous underworld of the mind. Interior-focused, character-driven, language-first work is core to our aesthetic principles, writing that eschews convention and experiments at both the technical and formal levels. From Editor Jessica Denzer’s conversation regarding her essay but all is to be dared: “But I think all those writers, even though they’re doing different things, have perfected something that I’m always trying to do: they work from the flow of the sentence, the poetry of it. Even in the most gut wrenching of moments, it’s their language that roots it onto the page and so into the reader’s mind. It’s the language that comes first to reveal the idea, the experience, and the feeling.” The rendering of consciousness via advanced literary techniques allows fiction to portray the human experience across disparate cultures and societies, and discuss important realities of the modern world by shedding light on the universal nature of diverse lives. Think Virginia Woolf—both Mrs. Dalloway and “Modern Fiction”—think James Joyce—both Ulysses and Finnegans Wake—and think Rachel Cusk, Lucy Corin, David Foster Wallace, Zadie Smith, Anne Carson, Renata Adler, Annie Ernaux. Think Margaret Anderson’s Little Review and T. S. Eliot’s Criterion. Rich prose and vividly rendered scenes, peopled by psychologically complex characters engaged in authentic, verisimilar stories constitute L’Esprit’s raison d’être. The journal is a labor of literary expression, with a goal of championing the most fearless, unconventional, risk-adept writing we can find. The L’Esprit motto, in mediam mentem, is borrowed with great admiration from Dorrit Cohn’s seminal study of rendering consciousness in fiction, Transparent Minds.

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Important: Submissions of reviews and critical essays remain open year-round.
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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2022

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 2 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 2 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

We look for ambitious, voice-driven literary fiction that emphasizes consciousness and interiority in the Modernist tradition. Please no genre work. We seek writing that takes risks on the sentence level and is propelled by dynamic, poetic language.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,000 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Novel Excerpt Novel ExcerptNo specific word count limits known; Up to 2 pieces.
Styles:

Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Pay ranges from Token payment to Professional payment. Details: USD $10/piece.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Nonfiction Temp Closed

We will consider personal essays and creative non-fiction that explore their subject matter with the fearless, unabashed honesty of Modernism’s revolutionary tradition. We also look for criticism that engages literary work on a critical, technical, mechanical, and/or theoretical level, including book reviews and essays.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Review Review800 - 1,200 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Article ArticleUp to 7,000 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Essay EssayUp to 7,000 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 7,000 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Styles:

Critical, Literary, Personal, Technical.

Topics:

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

Payment:

Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Pay ranges from Token payment to Professional payment. Details: USD $10/piece.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Visual Art Open

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Artwork ArtworkUnknown number of pieces.
Art Media:

Open to all/most Art Media, including: Photography.

Art Styles:

Open to all/most Art Styles.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

Semi-pro payment (US$10-49 per piece) Semi-pro payment. Details: USD $10/piece.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Image.


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L'Esprit Literary 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. Learn more about the statistics.
AccuracyWe have received 51 reports from 47 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 | 10.0 mean avg | 9.0 median | 43 max days (6.5 std dev)
Responses98.04 %
Acceptances3.92 % of submissions accepted (8.0 avg. days per acceptance) | 4.26 % 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.
Rejections94.12 % (10.3 avg. days per rejection) | 22.9 % personal, 62.5 % form, 14.6 % unspecified
Non-Responses1.96 %
Lost/Returned-
Never Responded-
Withdrawals1.96 % (0.0 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending2 responses are pending (6 min | 8.0 mean avg | 8.0 median | 10 max days waiting | 2.8 std dev) from 2 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 56 days.
The most common submission tip paid: USD $10.00. (21.6 % reported giving a tip.)
Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 03 Mar 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 17 Feb 2024.

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Dates

Last Updated: 15 May 2024
Last Audited: 14 Apr 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 14 Apr 2022

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