Submission Guidelines

Guidelines for 2018-2019 (now open!)

These brief guidelines explain the details for submission of stories, poems, artwork/photography, and creative nonfiction to Odet. Please read through this document carefully before submitting work for consideration, as well as the associated Submission Agreement located on our website.

Theme: The Line

There are punch lines, crossed lines, lines thrown and lines drawn. Lines are boundaries and borders, things to color outside of and things that keep us inside. What is your take on the theme? We are looking for stories, essays, poems, artwork and photographs that touch upon this in some way. We hope to receive unique submissions, ones that amuse, surprise and entertain us.

Format (all writing): 

· 12-point Times New Roman font, single-spaced for poetry and double-spaced for prose.

· Writers may submit one prose piece and one (up to five pages of) poetry for this issue. 

· Set margins for one inch on all sides. 

· Number your pages, and only include your title in the header of each page. 

· Please do not use borders or fancy scroll/symbols. 

· Use only one space after a period. 

· Underline words that should appear in italics. 

· We will accept .doc .docx or .rtf formats only. 


· Maximum 2500 words

· Indent each new paragraph one-half inch from the left margin.

· Do not insert blank lines between paragraphs.

· Include category of submission in header with title (ie: fiction, non-fiction, essay).


· Submit up to three poems, with a maximum combined length of up to five pages.

· Include all poems in one submission document.

· Format the poems as you would like them to appear in print while still adhering to margins described above (for example, a concrete poem, in which case spacing guidelines are not relevant).


Submissions should be sent separately from written submissions. We will accept up to five photographs or images per artist. We are also looking for a collection (up to 20) of small illustrations to use throughout the journal. Art and photography selected for publication will require a high-resolution scan. 

Submission guidelines: 

Please submit your work via email attachment to Include the category of content in the email subject line. For example: photo submission / art submission / non-fiction submission / poetry submission / fiction submission / essay submission.

We are limiting submissions to part and full time Florida residents and ask that you provide a brief bio (40 to 75 words) in the body of your email. Please also include a phone number and a Florida mailing address so that we can send your copy after publication, should your submission be accepted. We will not use your information for any other reason than to contact you, notify you of future contests and submission opportunities, mail the journal, and/or issue payment of a prize in the Romeo Lemay Contest, which has once again been merged with Odet (see contest information below). 

Submission dates: March 15 to July 5, 2018.

Submission fee: None.

Contest and Judging: 

Judges are a team of writers, poets and editors of Odet. We enjoy stories that entertain, enlighten and surprise us. We are not limiting you on how you express yourself, but we will likely choose poems and essays that are well written, carefully edited, and adhere to the above guidelines. Photographs and art will be chosen on subject matter and unique point of view. 

While we prefer stories that need no editing, please be aware that we may ask you to make minor changes. If so, an editor will guide you through this process.

All submissions will be considered anonymously. Our editors will not see the names of the author of each submission. Please include only your story or poem’s title on your submission attachment. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we request that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Note that we cannot accept previously published works, including self-published and work that appears online.

If your work is accepted for publication, you will be notified by e-mail or phone by September 1, 2018. Published contributors will receive one copy of the issue in which their work appears. The Romeo Lemay contest will award one prose winner $100 and one poetry winner $100. This year we will also offer a $100 prize in prose and $100 in poetry specifically for middle school and high school students. At the discretion of the editors, winners of the contest will be offered the opportunity to be included in Odet. We will also award a prize of $100 for the photograph or art work chosen for the cover of Odet, or for the illustrations throughout. Depending on funding, we may offer more prizes beyond those mentioned. 

Odet is sponsored and published by Chapter Two Press, By selecting your work for inclusion, Odet and Chapter Two Press acquire first-time North American publication rights, and the right to reprint in future anthologies. After publication, all other rights automatically revert back to you, the author, and the work may be reprinted elsewhere without restriction as long as appropriate acknowledgement to Odet is made.

We look forward to seeing your words and images.