Empty Mirror is an online literary magazine publishing nonfiction, poetry, and art. We publish new work every Friday and accept submissions year-round.
Empty Mirror is committed to diversity and inclusiveness.
Contributor submissions guidelines
For all categories:
- It’s always free to submit. There are no fees.
- For your best chances of acceptance, browse Empty Mirror to get a feel for what we’re about.
- Most work is published within 2-16 weeks of acceptance.
- Any length is fine.
- Please submit 3-6 poems together in one document.
- Please don’t double-space your poems unless they must be presented that way when published.
- Please send previously unpublished poems.
- In most cases, you can expect to have a decision within 1-12 weeks. (I’m working hard to reduce response times.)
Nonfiction: essays, reviews, articles, features, interviews, personal essays
- Length is very open. Here are some general guidelines:
–essays, articles, and features 1,000-20,000 words
–interviews up to 10,000 words
–book reviews 500-5,000 words
–book excerpt 1,000-5,000 words
That said, we’re pretty flexible and aren’t particularly hung up on length. If you have questions, please contact Denise.
- Please send previously unpublished work. (Occasional exceptions may be made for work which has not previously appeared online. If submitting work which has been published in print only, please tell us when and where.)
- You’re welcome to include images with your written work.
- Please attribute your sources when appropriate, using endnotes rather than footnotes.
- As is standard practice on the web, we insert space between paragraphs rather than using indentation. If your work uses paragraph indents, they’ll be removed before publication.
- Work may be copy edited.
- If you’d like us to publish a book review that you’ve written, please see the non-fiction guidelines.
- Book reviews should be 300-5,000 words.
- If you’d like us to consider reviewing your book, please see our book review policy and guidelines, then send us an email.
- Please submit 3-12 images.
- We’d like to see work united by a common theme or style.
- Your artist’s statement, introductory note, or other text is optional but very welcome.
- Images should be submitted as individual files rather than embedded in a document.
- Images should be at least 750 pixels at their longest dimension.
- Please name each image with its title or include a caption. Untitled work is fine, too.
- In most cases, you can expect to have a decision within 1-4 weeks.
- We’re not currently accepting fiction submissions.
Please contact the editor, Denise Enck.
For our contributors
EM doesn’t currently offer payment. (The small amount generated by ads and tip jar submissions each month is not enough to cover costs.) We hope to be able to pay contributors in the future.
Here’s what we can do, though!
- Newly published work is usually featured on the Empty Mirror homepage for a week or more.
- Your work will be featured in EM’s weekly newsletter.
- Your bio will be included on every piece you contribute to Empty Mirror as well as on your author page. (We’re happy to include links to your websites, social media, and sales pages in order to encourage readers to learn more about your work.)
- Your work will be shared multiple times on Twitter (where we have over 23,000 followers) and will also be posted on Empty Mirror’s Facebook page.
- If you’re on Twitter, please let us know so we can follow you and add you to our list of contributors there.
- New pages on Empty Mirror are indexed by Google and other search engines.
- When you have news to share — perhaps a new book or an exhibition — please email the details, so we can share them.
Empty Mirror requests first rights, worldwide, and the right to include the work on the Empty Mirror website indefinitely. After publication, all rights revert to the author. Copyright always remains with the author. Should your work be republished elsewhere in the future, please credit Empty Mirror with its first publication.
Wondering what the process is from submission to publication? Read a description of EM’s editorial workflow.