Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Call for Submissions from Women: Inaugural Issue of Voice Catcher Journal (Canada)

Post date: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Deadline: 31 August 2012

We are excited to launch a platform that will provide you with more frequent opportunities to hear women’s voices and see their visions as well as share yours with the community.

We chose to continue to call this online journal VoiceCatcher because this name bears our history and the commitment of our founders, past editors and contributors. As we look to the future, we carry their inspiration with us and re-commit ourselves to further their mission of sharing the diverse voices and visions of local women.

Here are our submission guidelines. We crafted them carefully and will be impressed if you follow them carefully.


VoiceCatcher publishes new writing that has not previously appeared elsewhere, including online sites. If you’ve published a piece on your own website, blog or self-publishing site, please remove it before submitting it to us.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask you to notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. And we’ll applaud you for that acceptance!

We only accept submissions from women who consider themselves greater Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA writers and artists. You may consider yourselves “local” for many reasons. We empower you to decide if you fall into this category.

If your work is accepted, you agree to grant us First North American Serial Rights and Electronic Archival Rights. Upon publication, all rights revert back to you. You agree that if your work subsequently appears elsewhere (in print or online), you will give credit to VoiceCatcher. When we publish an ebook or print version of the “best” of VoiceCatcher, we will contact you for permission to reprint your work.

We take pride in offering respectful editing suggestions for submissions we think deserve that “extra push” toward publication. We may contact you to suggest possible changes which, of course, you can always decline.

New to submitting your written work for publication? See “Writers’ Craft: Tips for Submitting to VoiceCatcher’s Publications” for helpful hints and advice.

We use the current Associated Press Stylebook for punctuation so, if you’re not familiar with it, please review its rules for usage. You’ll find the major rules in our “Tips” article.

Editing and proofing your work before submitting it will impress us and save us time. It may also make the difference between an enthusiastic, “Congratulations! We proudly accept your work” or “This piece needs careful editing and proofing before we can publish it.”


We only accept electronic submissions.

In the subject line of an email, type the title(s) of your selections. If the titles are long, use the first few words for identification.

In the body of the email, include:
  • Your contact information (name, address, phone number and email address).
  • The titles of each piece submitted.
  • A short bio (no more than 100 words). And yes, you may include links, but please double check the name and link for accuracy.
  • Send your written piece(s) as an attachment in a single Word document. Make sure to include the title and page number on each page.
  • Since submissions are read blind, do not put any identifying information on your document.
  • Since we are publishing VoiceCatcher several times a year, submit work in one genre per submission period. You’ll have ample opportunities to send other genres for upcoming issues.
  • Submit up to three poems per submission period in one Word document.
  • Single space your poems except for stanza breaks.
  • Insert page breaks between poems.
  • Use Times Roman 12pt type.
Prose (Fiction, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, memoir)
  • Submit one piece of prose per submission period in a Word Document.
  • Limit your piece to no more than 3000 words.
  • Double space your work and indent paragraphs by ½”.
  • Use Times Roman 12pt type.
Visual Art
  • Please have electronic images cropped and colors adjusted to best represent your artwork. If it is accepted for publication, our editors may scale your art work to best fit the journal, but will make no other editorial changes.
  • Send up to three pieces that have not already appeared in other print or online publications.
  • Use at least 300 dpi, no more than 600 dpi. Size for width between 450-1000 pixels; size for height between 300-700 pixels.
  • Submit as JPG or TIF files using your name and art title as the file name. Example: Denney_Racehorse_at_Rest.jpg.
  • Send in RGB color format.
  • We recommend you either send each picture separately or send via a free “You Send-it” service ( or send in a zip file. Total email size may not exceed 5MB.
  • Follow directions for email content for writers.
  • In addition to the title of your piece listed in the body of your email, please let us know the size of the original piece and media for each one. Example: Shadows (11” x 14,” digital photograph) or Light Beside Her (16” x 20,” acrylic on canvas).
Send all submissions for our inaugural online issue by August 31, 2012.


For queries/ submissions: