Thank you for your interest in Mason Street. We’re a new online journal that publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry of less than a page, spoken word videos, artwork and photography. We’ll showcase both known and excellent emerging authors in our featured sections.
Community Room Blog Spot
As a community-oriented space we’ll also do our best to include lots of neat additional writing and art we’ve received on our Community Room blog page, including youth authors (ages 12-17.)
General Submission Guidelines
- We publish three issues per year: Fall, Winter and Spring.
- Send original, unpublished work. In rare cases we’ll accept a reprint of work which has appeared elsewhere, but please let us know that up front (where, when, etc. By submitting this work you agree that all legal responsibility is yours and that Newark Library/Mason Street Literary Magazine is in no way liable.)
- No fee.
- Simultaneous submissions are okay. Email us promptly if your work has been accepted elsewhere.
- Response time can take up to eight weeks. If you haven’t heard from us in that time, you can email us at MasonStreet@newarklibrary.org
- We will respond to you by email with acceptance, decline or request.
Deadlines and Themes
- Deadline for Winter 2021 Issue “Frontiers and Borderlands” October 31st 2020
- Submission period for for Spring 2021 Issue (Theme TBD) January 1st – February 15th 2021
We encourage submissions from women, indigenous writers and writers of color, LGBTQA+ writers, members of the disability community, and writers from otherwise marginalized or underrepresented groups in mainstream publishing.
The Frontiers / Borderlands” Winter 2020 issue will be devoted to the spaces within or beyond. What frontiers and borderlands haunt your imagination? Who constructs fences or walls? Can a space be “owned?” What becomes exploited? Ruined? Stolen? Which thin spaces remain, between moments? Lovers? Days? Generations? What remains or disappears, between one side of the street and the other?
Support the public libraries of New York State and beyond, and send us your best poems, artwork, photography, fiction and more.
The theme of Mason Street’s Winter 2020/2021 Issue will be Frontiers / Borderlands. Your interpretation.
Send submissions of art, poetry and more to firstname.lastname@example.org
How to send your submission:
We only accept electronic submissions sent as attachments by email to the editor at MasonStreet@newarklibrary.org.
Subject line of email:
Use a subject line following this format: Smith, Jane, 3 poems submission, Spring, 2020. If your name is Jane Smith and you’re between the ages of 12-18, submitting in the youth category, you’d use a subject line of Smith, Jane,youth,3 poems, submission, Winter, 2019.
- Microsoft Word document or docx only, as an email attachment
- Name and contact info on top of first page only
- 12 point font
- No PDF’s, please. Also no complicated formatting, text boxes, etc.
Spoken word video can be sent as a linked video in the body of the email along with an attached Word Doc or Docx with the words. It’s easiest if you can provide a link we can copy/embed.
For art, basic file types for submissions are best.
Featured image size requirements
- For a single featured image, the minimum width is 900 pixels.
- For two featured images, the minimum width for each is 450 pixels.
Body of email:
In the body of the email, please briefly tell us about your submission: (example, “enclosed please find three poems.”) In the second paragraph share a brief third-person bio.
This is not a paying market. We do not send contracts. By submitting your work, upon acceptance, you agree to have the work published unless you withdraw it. All individual works are copyrighted by their authors; all rights reserved. Individual articles, photographs and other works in this publication have copyright protection; so may the publication as a whole. Some works are cited individually as coming from the public domain, from free image sharing sources or with creative commons.
How many items may I submit?
For each issue, you may send up to two submissions (separate submissions, one per email)
Word Counts / length:
- 3-5 poems (no fewer than 3, please) of less than a page, one poem per page.
- up to 5 pieces of micro fiction, each fewer than 300 words.
- up to three pieces of flash fiction, each fewer than 1,000 words
- one piece of short fiction (<2400 words.) In extraordinary cases we’ll accept longer works.
- one essay (<3000 words) In extraordinary cases we’ll accept longer works.
- one book review (< 1800 words) Please be accessible, conversational and avoid “academic voice.”
- one author interview (< 2000 words)
- up to 6 images. (last name in file name)
We accept translations so long as the translator has obtained permissions from the author. Our guidelines for translations are the same as those for other genres. Translations should include the original language in their submission.
We reserve the right to discuss/ask for small, reasonable edits with you for space and clarity.
Book reviews and author interviews have a much better chance at acceptance if they feature regionally/nationally known, established authors. The works by individual authors and artists featured in this journal reflect the opinions of those authors and artists exclusively, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Pioneer Library System or Newark Public Library. Please, no gratuitous sex, gratuitous violence, excessive profanity, slasher horror submissions or hate language. As a library and safe space we support inclusion rather than exclusion and avoid inflammatory rhetoric. We use the New York Times Style Manual. Send us your best work. We look forward to seeing it!