As of February 1st, 2017, we are OPEN for submissions. Note, however, that we are currently reading for future issues, not chapbooks.
What do we want?
1. Video game lit, obviously. Check out any of our previous issues for examples of what we like. Sure, stories about people playing video games. But more than that, pieces that live within virtual worlds. What non-player characters dream of when the heroes aren’t around. What happens after the world is saved. The unseen sentences hidden between the lines of code.
2. We like it short—2,000 words or fewer—and lyrical. Fiction, essays, and/or poetry (traditional or prose). If you’re writing flash/micro fiction or nonfiction (i.e., under 500 words), you may send up to three pieces. If you’re writing poems, send up to five.
3. Of course, simultaneous submissions are encouraged. Just let us know if we should be congratulating you on having your work accepted elsewhere.
4. Regarding cover letters, feel free to be brief. Include a short bio, if you’d like. But please, in your cover letter, tell us specifically what video game(s) your submission is about/based on/inspired by/responding to/in dialogue with. We want to know for sure that your work is indeed video game lit, so name the game in your email.
5. No previously published material, please. New work only.
6. Cartridge Lit acquires First North American Serial Rights. All copyright reverts back to the author upon publication. If your piece does someday get published elsewhere or anthologized or put into a book, it would be lovely if you referenced our prior publication.
7. We will respond to submissions as quickly as we can manage. Please be patient. We try—though we are human, and we are busy, and there are few of us, and we like to eat and sleep sometimes and play with dogs.
8. Finally, how to submit: Attach your submission to an email (.doc/.docx files preferred) and send it to CartridgeLit [AT] gmail [DOT] com, with the subject line “SUBMISSION: [YOUR NAME].” If you’re submitting multiple pieces, please send them in a single document. We will also accept multimedia submissions (audio, video, collage, interactive, whatever you got), in which case you may attach a different type of file or send a hyperlink, if necessary, as long as the work is still unpublished.
8B. Or maybe you want to contribute to our blog, The Airship. We’re looking for contributors to write regular columns or one-off pieces or whatever else you might have in mind. Want to write a series based on a game you’re playing? Want to write a column about the latest literary-minded indie games? Want to interview writers who game and/or gamers who write? We want all of that and more. Please send your pitch and/or completed work to CartridgeLit [AT] gmail [DOT] com with the subject line “AIRSHIP: [YOUR NAME].”