Hello, musician-writers and writer-musicians!
We’re pleased that you’re interested in submitting work to Octave Magazine.
Octave is published biannually, with two submission deadlines: June 15th (for the summer issue) and December 15th (for the winter issue). NOTE: We are now reading for the December deadline, send us your best here: Submishmash.
You must be a musician for your writing to appear in Octave Magazine. If your writing is chosen for publication, you will be asked to point us in the direction of an MP3 (or link) that displays your musical talents. This MP3 (or link) will accompany your writing when it is published on the site. You will also be asked to define your role in the chosen recording, and submit a short description of the track’s history and how it came to be in the world.
We are looking for innovative, strong poetry and fiction from performing musicians at all stages, from emerging to renowned. You do not need to have a record, but you do need to be a practicing or performing musician in some way. We are open to all kinds of music/musicians. Your instrument/voice must be audible on the track that you send us. The writing you submit does not need to feature a music related theme.
Poets: Please upload 3-5 poems to our online submission manager over at Submishmash. If you’d like to include a link to your music in the “comments” section of the submission process, please do so. Remember, we will be asking you for it before publishing your work.
Fiction writers: Please upload a story, 3000 words maximum, to our online submission manager over at Submishmash. If you’d like to include a link to your music in the “comments” section of the submission process, please do so. Remember, we will be asking you for it before publishing your work.
Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please let us know if your piece is picked up elsewhere. If accepted, you agree to have your written piece and your music piece published on our magazine’s website. Thanks, and we look forward to reading and listening to your work.
The editors, Sarah & Chris.