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Cornell University

EPOCH is an open forum for literary fiction, poetry, essays, screenplays, cartoons, graphic art, and graphic fiction. We consider only work that is previously unpublished. We do not accept electronic submissions or simultaneous submissions.

Reading Period

We read work submitted by literary agencies year-round. We read unsolicited work between 15 September and 15 April of each academic year. Work submitted outside our reading period is returned unread.

Guidelines

We consider submissions by mail only. All submissions should include an SASE. Submissions without SASE are recycled without notification to the author. Submissions should be addressed to the appropriate editor: e.g. Fiction Editor, Poetry Editor, Essay Editor. Screenplays, cartoons, graphic art, and graphic fiction should be so labeled on the envelope.

The magazine address is:
EPOCH magazine
251 Goldwin Smith Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853

For poetry, submit no more than five poems in one envelope. We consider poetry in all forms, including the long poem. For fiction, submit no more than one story per envelope and no more than three short short stories per envelope. We consider fiction in all forms, short short to novella length. We do not publish literary criticism or book reviews. You may make more than one submission at a time in either fiction or poetry, but each submission must be in a separate envelope. Submissions of graphic art, graphic fiction, and cartoons should be as pdf on disk; the editors assume no responsibility for the safe return of such submissions, so, please, retain copies of this kind of work. Please include your street address, e-mail address, and phone number on your submission. We normally respond in six to ten weeks, a bit longer for submissions received during the Thanksgiving to New Years holiday season. We ask that you do not query about a submission until after three months have passed.

Payment

Our payments vary from year to year depending on our funding. We presently pay a minimum of $50 per poem. We pay a maximum of $150 per story, more for fiction submitted by literary agencies and for long stories and novellas.