interesting text, images, and new media.
VALUE the insides of things, vivisection, urgency, risk,
elegance, flamboyance, work that moves us, language that does something
new, or does something old--well. We like iteration and reiteration.
Ruins and ghosts. Mechanical, moving parts, balloons, and frenzy.
WANT art and writing that demonstrates / interaction; the
processes / of things, both inner and outer; how certain functions
are accomplished; how things become. How they expire. How they move
or churn, or stand.
consider anything you see fit to send us.
PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT anything titled "13 ways of looking at X" when X is anything at all, because it's like, totally, a variable. You remember the good old days of algebra. Such a great word, algebra. Got a hint of sex and mystery to it. Also adolescent confusion. Anger. Great Balls of Ire. Wait, what were we talking about? Oh. Or know at least that if you submit it we will possibly Be Irritated. And it better be Totally Awesome because it takes a lot of Awesome to trump Irritation. (When that happens—rarely, rarely—it is a great feeling, though.) This proscription is because we get work submitted relatively often that is rocking the blackbird thing, yes, we've read it too, and it can almost never achieve liftoff. Or maybe we just haven't seen any real rockets yet. In which case, go ahead, rocket us. But wait, maybe on second thought, we don't want to get a ton of "13 ways" submissions. Unless they are all Mind Blowing. And make Questionable Use of Initial Capitals. Caveat submittor. Is that Latin? we hope so. Maybe we should Wikipedia it or something.
Do not tell us about your Hopwoods. No one outside of the University of Michigan cares and it is annoying.
We are totally okay with AI-assisted work, as long is it rules. If it doesn't rule send it somewhere else.
Anyhow, also: we
do not republish work
that has been printed elsewhere online or in print (personal websites
If you are a student of one of our editors, please wait until you are no longer their student to submit. This is just good ethics, generally.
enjoy traditional forms. We eschew traditional forms. We lie. Send
us annotations, schematics, poems, sentence diagrams, definitions.
Make us love you.
Book review info is [here]. Books for review
to the address on that page, thanks. Book reviewers, hit us up!
TO SUBMIT: our great [ submissions manager system] allows us to better track and handle
submissions. Well, we're using it for everything but REVIEWS, which go to the usual places (below). The bonus of the submissions
manager is that you can check the status of your submission at any
time online, and that the whole system is easier to use and much more
reliable than email.
>>> We much
prefer electronic submissions, all things being equal, but
we'll be happy to consider hardcopy, too. (Hardcopy submissions
can take dramatically longer for us to respond, as our filing system
is much less elegant for these submissions; we're still happy to
read them, but consider this a caveat.) So
use the [submissions
manager], and attach a full copy in Rich Text Format, MS Word,
or PDF. For images, same deal, send a low-res version (with enough detail that we can read text, but it doesn't have to be print resolution at this point) in JPG, GIF,
PNG, or PDF format. If it's something else, please explain.
>>> For sound work, bad news, folks. Our sound section is closed for unsolicited submissions until further notice. We'll probably have another special issue forthcoming, but our whole method for dealing with sound submissions has not gone well.
>>> For reviews, go to the
>>> Questions? Email to [editor--at--thediagram.com].
For hardcopy submissions (if
necessary--again, electronic is MUCH preferred):
c/o Ander Monson
Dept of English, PO Box 210067
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721-0067
print/s, slides, zip disks, CDs, magnetic tapes, or punch cards;
no floppy disks unless you can get it on an 8" floppy disk,
in which case you seriously rock.)
RIGHTS, ET CETERA
are fine with us as long as we are informed, as long as you let
us know immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere, at which point the ethical thing to do is to withdraw
it manually in the submissions manager. If you can't do that (the submgr doesn't allow you to withdraw one poem from a 5-poem submission, for instance), email us [editor--at--thediagram.com] to let us know and we'll make a note in the file.
We try to make decisions on all submissions
and respond within 3 months, though it can take longer; if you haven't heard from us after 6 months, first check with the
submissions manager system to see if the response email somehow got spamfiltered on your end. If it says "being read," then we're reading it, but feel free to query, to jab us, in case it's in the wrong queue or with a dead editor.
Our submissions process makes it impossible to submit revisions to work that's already under consideration; if you need to withdraw a submission and resubmit it, though, that's fine. If we accept a work we can definitely talk about edits later.
we acquire first serial rights for work we publish (which means
we do not normally consider previously published work). All rights
revert to the authors/artists after publication, and the works can
then be reprinted (though we ask that we get an acknowledgment as
its place of initial publication).
As a literary magazine, we do not unpublish work that we have previously published. (We get occasional requests for this.) Though we are happy to change a name or pronouns etc after the fact to make you less googleable with the work if that's the issue, or to add a later contextual note, but publishing means it's published, even if it's online. This also means we stand by all our published work.
And lastly, we aren't able to pay contributors, as we have no real institutional affiliation/budget (nor do we have an income stream from selling copies). We pay you with props. Also love. But mostly props. And glory.