Open Thought Vortex Magazine wants your work for publication on this site. All submissions will be selected personally by Shareen and Kara Post-Kennedy, the Open Thought Vortex Editor-in-Chief.
Expect unusual interactions with your OTV hosts. If your work is of interest, you are of interest. Our correspondence won’t be polished, run-of-the-mill, or even to the point. It might be rambling, random, full of typos and slightly crazed (mostly from Shareen😬). We aren’t your standard magazine. While we work with you to iron out the kinks prior to publication, trying to sustain an acceptable level of normalcy for extended periods would push us over the edge when lingering in the vortex is our preferred method of existence.
Consider that before submitting, but rest assured that if we love your work, we’ll work for you.
We want your writing to be its best. OTV receives a lot of positive feedback on our editing process. We are willing to mine the gems and help you polish them. You and your work should shine.
We will accept up to 8-15 pieces per month. We know all writing takes effort and passion. Writers with high readership may be invited on as regular contributors at which point there will be financial compensation. In addition, we guarantee no other pieces will be published on your publication date, and we will do our best to promote your work on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and our personal networks.
The agreement: This site will retain first digital rights, exclusive publication rights for three months (after which the artist is free to republish on their own site or elsewhere), right to republish in a future print and/or online anthology and OTV requests that future online posts link back to otvmagazine.com as the original publisher. By agreeing to publication on this site, you agree to these terms. If this suits you, read on!
Please take note of our monthly themes. We ask that you interpret them broadly. Address these themes according to what they mean to you. For example, “faith” is defined as: confidence or trust in a person or thing; or the observance of an obligation from loyalty; or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement; or a belief not based on proof; or it may refer to a particular system of religious belief, such as in which faith is confidence based on some degree of warrant.
October: “Facing Our Fears”–
The Cave You Fear to Enter Holds the Treasure You Seek This can be light or dark in the month of Halloween. What fear have you overcome and lived to tell the tale? It can be things that go bump in the night or the plain and obvious–fear of aging, of failing, of being embarrassed. Without a fear to begin with, we cannot triumph. Tell us your story so we can cheer you on!
November: “The Feast”–in honor of Thanksgiving, we want to talk about something near and dear to our hearts: FOOD! No, we aren’t looking for recipes (well, maybe a few…), we are more interested in the powerful sense memories we all have surrounding what we eat. How our relationship with food changes as we age; the many stories we tell and retell that somehow involve food. For example–the time my older brother and sister decided to have a hot dog eating “contest”, so my brother shoved his whole hot dog in his mouth without chewing and when he yelled “I win!!”, the thing catapulted out of his mouth across the table. But also, many of us struggle with our relationship with food, so there are stories to be shared there as well. Whatever this topic brings to mind for you, we’d like to hear about it!
December: “Traditions”–the holiday season certainly conjures a great many memories of family traditions, and we’d like to hear your stories. Whether your traditions are cultural, superstitious, spiritual, or so-long held that you forget the origin, we all find comfort in the traditional. Throughout the first 12 years of my son’s life we have developed so many that it just isn’t October without a visit to B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill and our summer traditions list hits the ground and keeps on rolling. Share the sacred, silly and profane with us!
Please note that the submissions deadline is the 15th of the month prior to publication. For example, October 15th is the submission deadline for the November issue. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, while we try to respond to everyone personally, this may not always happen. Don’t be discouraged, submit again! Also, you may be asked if we can publish your work in a future month rather than the one submitted for; this is a compliment, as we want to give you the best publication slot possible. We often choose our themes based on submissions we love!
OTV is currently accepting work in the following categories with the noted exclusions.
Please send 1-6 poems totaling under 2,000 words. We aren’t looking for pieces of epic length, but we are looking for epic beauty. We prefer 2-3 pieces that work together or as a series. While we are flexible, we treat a series as a single publication unless otherwise specified.
Please send up to three short stories or excerpts that can stand on their own and do not surpass 3,000 words. We retain the right to break up and publish your piece in serial format.
Please send us essays, personal narratives and slices of memoir that do not surpass 3,000 words. We retain the right to break up and publish your piece in serial format.
Art and Photography
We are interested in these, but are not currently engaged in their publication other than by request. Please include images by you with your written work. Images are not currently paid with the exception of commissioned pieces from our current Artist in Residence. However, we will consider images with content written about or related to the image. Please submit clear scanned images or photographs as .jpg attachments in email with a title and any information you would like to share about your artist vision, piece concept or what your submission means to you. Compensation for images ranges from $10-$15-exception guest series /regulars.
Email completed pieces and questions along with a bio including social media and prior publication links to OtvSubmissions@icloud.com with the subject heading “Submissions” followed by genre. Submissions should appear in the body of the email rather than as an attachment unless doing so compromises their form. Remember that we generally accept only 8-15 pieces per month, so get your work in now! And make sure to let us know if you would like to be considered as a featured writer or guest.
Regulars will get a regular column and prompts. As a regular we encourage you to update your bio whenever you are published so we can cheer you on.
Due to our growth we are looking to grow our team.