Normal friends, we have good news! We are now accepting online submissions.
Due to operational costs, we must charge a $3.00 fee for each online submission, and we strongly encourage you to read the submission guidelines on this page before sending your work our way.
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We consider memoir, personal essays, and creative nonfiction with contemporary styles and an attention to language, form, and consciousness. We are particularly interested in essays that challenge established norms for the genre or that don’t seem to fit in easy categories of classification. We also like some more traditional sorts of essays and reportage. Try us. Trust us. We’re normal.
We consider literary short fiction with contemporary themes and styles. Genre fiction is very unlikely to suit us, but if you think you can sell us on it, well, then shoot it on over. We thought we didn’t want sci-fi until we met some particularly compelling fighting robots, after all.
We consider poetry of any style. Please limit poetry submissions to no more than five poems. Please limit the number of cat poems (unless, of course, they are really, really good cat poems).
REVIEWS AND CRITICISM
We do not accept unsolicited reviews or criticism. If you would like to submit a review or criticism, please send us a quick query. Please consider our slightly unruly hearts as you formulate your query. We might fall madly in love with a review or critical exploration of just about anything—a book, several books considered together, films, music, television, the internet —if you can make it, well, less of a traditional review or strictly academic work of criticism. If you were discussing the adventures of Jason Bourne with your neighborhood butcher, his apprentice nephew and the hairdresser from down the street, say, and some particularly sage kernel of wisdom emerged from the conversation that then informs your riveting review or critical piece… well, then that would probably get us rather fired up.
RECIPES, and OTHER MISCELLANEOUS CONTENT
We gladly consider unsolicited annotated recipes. Boy, are we ever pining for some great annotated recipes, compelling correspondence, found texts, and story-ish charts and graphs.
FORMAT FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS
Manuscripts are read from September 1 to December 1 and from January 15 to April 15. Unsolicited manuscripts received outside of the designated reading periods will be printed out, sculpted into a political effigy, and burned ceremoniously in front of an unruly mob. Please address your submissions to the appropriate editor (i.e. Nonfiction Editor, Recipe Editor, Miscellaneous Editor, etc.). Please do not include pictures of yourself unless it is an extraordinarily funny picture of you wearing ridiculous glasses or unnecessarily tight pants with a large gravy stain. With any mailed submission, please tuck a SASE in along with your work. The trees would like you to submit online, but paper submissions are still welcome and there is no processing charge.
Submissions by mail can be directed to:
The Normal School
5245 North Backer Avenue
M/S PB 98
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, CA 93740-8001
Prefer to save those stamps for the folks on your holiday card list? You can now submit online. Here's that link again: Submit to The Normal School.
- All manuscripts must be double-spaced for fiction and nonfiction. Poetry may be single-spaced.
- All manuscripts should be formatted in a readable (12 point) font, with at least 1 inch margins.
- Please include a brief cover letter. Remind us if we know you.
- Be sure your full name and address appear on the manuscript.
- Every submission must also include an email address for response.
- We regret we cannot accept email submissions at this time.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted; writers must notify The Normal School immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. We prefer to be notified of such developments by carrier pigeon (withdrawing your submission via the online submission system should also work), but a simple email will suffice. Send it to us at email@example.com
We consider only previously unpublished work.
We strongly encourage writers to be familiar with The Normal School
before submitting your work.