• Guidelines

    First: Read the Magazine

    The basic idea: politics and art are are a powerful combination

    Tip: Learn the rules, then break them

    (Not the one below* about writing about fighting with your girlfriend over Netflix. Still not a story.)


    Stories We're Publishing


    NEWS: The Second Day Lede


    We tie much of our coverage to the news, but we're hardly competing with The New York Times or the Washington Post. We're the second-day lede on steroids. That means research and constructing stories so they actually explain the complicated things that are going on in society without cliches or boilerplate reporter language: say it simply, clearly, and well.


    Note: If you're doing shoeleather reporting, you probably shouldn't be leaving your house but we'd love to see it.


    Most of the time, we examine news from a thoughtful angle. If something raises a question in our minds, we look into it.


    Example: Why was New York so short on hospital beds? Turns out one of Cuomo's predecessors took a "business" approach to health care.


    These stories require research. We're not doing Baby Boomer rants against Trump. Tell us something we don't know!




    We publish essays that run the gamut from personal to very political. (*Not stories about fighting with your girlfriend/boyfriend about what to watch on Netflix while quarantining.)


    We like satire when done well (see Goats).


    Subject-based essays, memoir, etc. all good. Please link to the pandemic in some way, even if tenuous: isolation, community, illness, mortality, adrenaline, and, let's not be shy: money panic.




    We have reopened to poetry submissions.



    Speaking of which, we are deeply sorry to say: we don't pay. We do have a donate button; if that ends up raking in sufficient cash, we may be able to change that policy.


    Writing sucks as a profession right now. As a passion, still good. We're hoping that will change, and our finances along with it.


    Key question: Should I labor over a query or just write the damn thing?

    Either one is OK with us. A query can save you time if it's a reported piece. If it's an essay or a poem, turn in a polished draft.


    You can use the form below or if you are sending a manuscript, attach a Word file (or PDF if the arrangement of words on the page is important).


    Email to: plagueyearsubmissions@gmail.com.

  • Queries

    Pitch? What is this "pitch"? This isn't Glengarry Glen Ross! We are writers. Musicians. Layabouts. Send us your queries.  

    If submitting an essay or poem, please attach it as a Word document.


    We try to get back to everyone.

    Several organizations catering to writers have now listed us on their websites without letting us know, so we have been deluged with submissions. If we don't respond within two weeks, hit us up again.

    We believe every writer deserves to be heard.

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