Epoch literary journal is currently seeking submissions for our debut Issue with the theme of ‘Beginnings’. Submissions are open 1 July – 1 October, 2020.

What We Publish

Epoch is a publishing platform for original, creative nonfiction.

We want to hear every voice. Epoch enthusiastically encourages submissions from marginalised voices, BlPOC, POC, LGBT+ folks, emerging writers and people outside of academia. We hope you’ll trust us with your stories.

Original Material

Submissions must be written and/or created by you and never before published. Epoch also accepts original translations, but we require a cover letter indicating where the work was previously published and whether you have the rights to authorise a translated publication. We will consider work that has been simultaneously submitted to other publications, but you must notify us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

Creative Nonfiction

Creative nonfiction is a vast genre, and we like it that way. We accept submissions for: memoir, personal essay, flash creative nonfiction, nature writing, travel writing, city writing, etc.— even poetry will be considered. We are interested in any narrative of real life that is well written.

Artwork

We encourage the submission of all types of original artwork which can be printed in 2D including, but not limited to: drawing, painting, illustration, digital art, photography. Additionally, we accept stills of 3D art, such as ceramics, sculptures and installations. Please keep in mind that accepted work will be printed on one or two A5 pages.

Submission Guidelines

Epoch has no set minimum or maximum length, but we recommend keeping your piece below 6,000 words. All submissions must be written in English, and formatted with double spacing.

Artwork must be submitted as .jpeg files, must have a resolution of 72 dpi, and dimensions of at least 595 x 841 pixels. Before submitting, please ensure that you are able to provide images as .tiff tiles with a resolution of 300 dpi and dimensions of at least 2480 x 3508 pixels for continuous tone art, and a resolution of 1200 dpi and dimensions of at least 9921 x 14032 pixels for line art. In the event that your work is selected, work which does not meet these criteria will not be eligible for publication.

In the body of your submission e-mail, please include full caption information for each piece: title, year, medium, dimensions, any relevant ‘courtesy of’ information, and the name and contact information of models featured in any photography.

How to Submit

Please send your best work to submissions@epochpress.org.

1. Please confirm that your submission is creative nonfiction by putting CNF in the subject line, and include a brief message in the e-mail body letting us know any relevant details. Feel free to include any information about you or your work that you’d like us to know.
2. Attach your submission(s) to the email as a .doc file for written submissions, and .jpeg file for art submissions. If submitting multiple pieces, please attach each piece as a separate file.
3. Please name files: FirstLast_Title (ex: OctaviaButler_Bloodchild)
4. Do not include your name or other identifying information within the written piece itself, with the exception of signed artwork. We review anonymously.

Accepted Submissions

You will be notified within two weeks of the closing date for submissions whether your piece has been accepted or rejected. If your work is accepted, you will need to sign a publishing agreement granting us non-exclusive rights to publish your work, which will be made available online and sold in print. You will retain copyright for your work, but subsequent publications must include a credit line indicating that your piece first appeared in Epoch literary journal, with the appropriate issue and year.

Contributor Payment

Epoch Press is committed to paying contributors. At present, we offer the authors and artists of accepted contributions their choice of:
A. £15 per accepted piece
or
B. £5 plus a contributor copy (and domestic shipping) per accepted piece


We’re artists and writers ourselves; we know your work has value and exposure doesn’t pay the bills. Epoch Press is a brand new, independent publishing press with low funds but big goals. Paying contributors well is a crucial tenet of our long-term plan, and the amount we offer for accepted submissions will increase with our funding.

If you have any questions regarding submission guidelines, do not hesitate to e-mail us at enquiries@epochpress.org.