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Accepting Submissions

Spout Magazine is currently accepting submissions of poetry, short stories, essays, opinion, art, and cartoons -- basically anything creative that can be affixed to an 8 1/2 x 11 page -- for our latest magazine. Follow these guidelines and no one gets hurt.

Please note that we at Spout are changing our reading period. Moving forward we will only accept submissions from September 1st through May 1st of each calendar year. It is hoped that this modified reading period will quicken our response time on submissions, as well as aid in the production of our journal. Thank you for understanding on this issue.

• ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE MAILED. Mail submissions to: PO Box 581067, Minneapolis, MN 55458-1067.
• Follow the guidelines specific to each "call for submission" notice.
• Submissions should be typed in final draft form (with short stories double-spaced).
• To ensure that your work is returned, enclose an S.A.S.E. with the correct(!) amount of postage.
• Send no more than 5 poems per submission unless stated otherwise.
• Keep each short story submission below 15 double-spaced pages unless stated otherwise.
• Enclose a cover letter describing who you are, and where you've published.

"What the hell is a Spout Magazine anyway," you ask?

Well, Spout Magazine is an ever-expanding literary rag -- 40 pages deep -- filled with short fiction, poetry, opinion, art, cartoons, and basically anything creative we can affix to an 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch page.

Spout Magazine relies solely on the submissions of writers and artists like yourself, and we accept contributions year round. We've been publishing Spout Magazine since 1989, making us one of the most stable independent journals in the Twin Cities area. Spout remains completely independent, totally free from corporate constraints; that means no paid advertising --just the Spout staff, a computer, a case of beer, and a lot of time spent in small rooms forging our three yearly issues.

So what do we want from you?

Well, whatever you want to give. We are not looking for a certain style, tone, or approach in a piece; we would rather have you decide what YOU want to see in print. The idea is to minimize our own biases towards content and give most of the editorial duties up to the writer--hopefully fostering an atmosphere in which we're all free to experiment.

Spout is not a stuffy high brow Journal. We strive for just the opposite--trying to breathe life into every page. The vision of Spout is to create a community through words--a sort of hodgepodge of beliefs and emotions coming from all facets of society. A kind of sandwich of cultures and emotions, a little extra mayo and some fresh tomato pressed hard between the two covers of one magazine. It can get a little messy sometimes--but so can life. We want everyone to know they are welcome to stop by, say hello, have a sandwich or some hot-dish, shoot the breeze, whistle.... We hope you?ll drop us a line, join this community, and submit your material to Spout.

Our budget is very limited, and unfortunately we cannot afford to give out free copies to everyone who inquires or submits to Spout. First time Spout contributors who are accepted into the magazine will receive one complimentary copy as payment, but that's the best we can do.

We encourage you to consider becoming a SPOUT MEMBER. The membership includes one year of Spout--that's three issues--delivered straight to your door. We also will keep you up to date on any upcoming Spout events such as parties, releases or readings. All this for our low basic rate of just $15.00 per year. For the more adventurous, we also offer the $30.00 Patron Memberships. Thanks for your interest.

Accept no substitutes: Here is the official Spout Mission Statement

Spout Press is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.

Our Mission : To publish and promote the finest in contemporary experimental writing -- mentoring young writers and bringing new and/or under-appreciated voices to the attention of a larger audience. This is accomplished through both the publishing of books and the production of live events within the community. Both strive to combine artistic genres to facilitate dialogue between the film, music, visual art and literary communities creating synergy that expands possibilities for both artists and audiences.