Tempered Runes Press

 Full submissions

Tempered Runes Press is calling all creative writers and visual artists to submit their best work to be considered for the next issue of our quarterly literary journal Bluing the Blade

First and foremost, we are an inclusive journal. All are welcome to submit their work as long as it follows our guidelines. We engage with ALL cultures and communities, so we strongly encourage writers and artists with diverse backgrounds to submit their work. Our only requirement is that your work does not instigate violence/self-harm or encourage discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, ethnic background, age, education, disability, religion, or health. Writers and artists must be 18 years or older OR 16 years or older with parental permission.

Secondly, our press believes that EVERY artist should be paid for their work. We will pay for all of the work we accept for publication, whether it is for our journal or our website. We believe that this is the most ethical way to run our business when we charge a submission fee.

Finally, we want to maintain a community of great writers and artists. As our press continues to grow, there will be more opportunities for individual creators to showcase their work and build their portfolio.

How to Submit Your Work

All work must be submitted through our profile on Submittable. We do not accept work by email or snail mail at this time. You will be asked to fill out basic information including name, cover letter, email, etc. when you upload your work. Once submitted, you can keep track of your submission on your Submittable account. If the submission reads as “Received” it means that we have gotten your submission but have not seen it yet. If your submission reads “In-Progress” it means that we have assigned an editor to read your work. You will receive notifications through email when this status changes.

Each submission costs $5 USD, unless you would like an expedited decision. Submissions for an expedited decision cost $10 USD. This review/reading fee helps us maintain the website domain and our Submittable page. There is a chance in the future that we will have free submission periods.


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