On a microscopic level, scientists say that nothing ever touches.  Electrons repel each other; our very atoms shy away from trembling connection. Even in someone's arms, we are galaxies apart, orbiting. We are impossibly distant. Hugely empty, dangerously full, our inability to touch draws us together. We long to reach our fingers out and feel the reverberations through the empty air of a heart that is not our own. We yearn enough to make the stars rush in towards us. In emptiness, we aspire to collision, to explosion, to that patterned disorder that created us and burns in us still. Blueshift is the yearning, the telltale sign that we have never been alone.  

The Blueshift Journal is a tri-annual, international publication accepting work from authors of all ages with two online issues and one print issue. 

Please read the following carefully:

  • You can visit our website, theblueshiftjournal.com, and browse through our issues before submitting, so as to get familiar with what we like.
  • We are an tri-annual, international journal accepting work from artists of all ages.  You do not need to be from the United States to submit.
  • Issue 8 will be available online in digital and .pdf format.
  • Submissions are read blindly.  Do not put any identifying information on the file name, the document you upload to Submittable, or in your title. We will automatically reject pieces that do not follow this, so look over your submission carefully before you press send.
  • Please send a cover letter with your submission. The cover letter should include a brief, third person biography, the title of your pieces, and anything else you would like to share with us. This letter cannot be viewed by anyone except for the Editor-in-Chief, so rest assured, your work will still be read blindly.
  • We do not accept previously published work unless sanctioned by the Managing Editor. If your piece has been published anywhere other than a personal blog/website, please do not submit it.
  • We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your work has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Contributors will receive a contract upon acceptance.  This contract states that The Blueshift Journal retains all first North American publishing rights.  After publication, rights return to you, the artist, with the stipulation that future republication must cite Blueshift.
  • We will not consider erotica, graphic violence, children's stories, or other inappropriate submissions.
  • If four months pass and you do not receive word from us, please email us.
  • Please email theblueshiftjournal@gmail.com with any questions, and we'll get back to you promptly.  


Ends on August 31, 2017

For all Applicants, please read the following:

-- You may apply to only one position, unless you receive special permission from the Managing Editor that you may apply to more than one position (blueshiftquestions@gmail.com). 

-- Applications are due at 11:59 pm on August 31.

-- By applying to our staff, you understand that if you are selected, as long as you are a part of our staff, you shall not be able to publish with us (aside from blog posts, of course).

-- Please submit your application in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font.

-- We may conduct interviews with applicants to gain a better understanding of their scope and ability at a later period in time.

-- All jobs are re-offered to staff members for subsequent issues, unless extenuating circumstances arise during an issue’s reading period.

-- All staff members, including members of the editorial board, can be fired or demoted at any time if other members of the editorial board believe he/she is not fulfilling his/her role to the utmost.

--  All positions are currently volunteer, non-paid.

AVAILABLE POSITIONS:

-- Before applying to The Blueshift Journal, familiarize yourself with our mission and our journal (theblueshiftjournal.com).  Please find descriptions of available positions below:

--  "We aim to disintegrate and recapture the dangerous politics of the workshop space. We emphasize the visibility of writers who are often left on the fringes and firmly believe that all voices should be prioritized equally within the workshop space, not just those that are the loudest or most vocal. Our mentors serve as role models to their students not just in the writing world, but in other aspects of life as well. Through conversation and collaboration with existing and crucial work in the community, we hope to offer a safe haven of like-minded individuals where students can grow as writers, persons, and more."

--- All applicants should have general administrative experience.

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Speakeasy Web Design (3)

Applicants must be familiar with web design. They will be responsible for designing a new platform for Speakeasy, updating the website every cycle, and designing and publishing anthologies.  

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Speakeasy Secretary (2)

Applicants must have administrative experience. Secretaries will be expected to catalogue information during workshops, create GDrive folders and GSuites, send out blast emails during the program, and handles scheduling. They will respond directly to the Program Director.

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Speakeasy Business Manager (1)

The Business Manager will initiate contact with mentors and negotiate contracts, while maintaining an overall budget and profits for Speakeasy. Experience in business and finances is highly preferred. 

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Speakeasy Assistant Program Director (1)

General administrative experience is highly preferred. Will respond directly to the Program Director. The Assistant Program Director will select students from applications, oversee secretaries, and act in the Program Director's capacity for all matters during the program.

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DIRECT ALL INQUIRIES OR ISSUES TO thespeakeasyproject.staff@gmail.com.
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For all Applicants, please read the following:

-- You may apply to only one position, unless you receive special permission from the Managing Editor that you may apply to more than one position (blueshiftquestions@gmail.com). 

-- Applications are due at 11:59 pm EST on August 31.

-- By applying to our staff, you understand that if you are selected, as long as you are a part of our staff, you shall not be able to publish with us (aside from blog posts, of course).

-- Please submit your application in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font.

-- We may conduct interviews with applicants to gain a better understanding of their scope and ability at a later period in time.

-- All jobs are re-offered to staff members for subsequent issues, unless extenuating circumstances arise during an issue’s reading period.

-- All staff members, including members of the editorial board, can be fired or demoted at any time if other members of the editorial board believe he/she is not fulfilling his/her role to the utmost.

--  All positions are currently volunteer, non-paid.


AVAILABLE POSITIONS:

-- Before applying to The Blueshift Journal, familiarize yourself with our mission and our journal (theblueshiftjournal.com).  Please find descriptions of available positions below:

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I) Art Readers (2)

For all readers, time commitment is around 2-6 hours a week.  With our Submittable upgrade, reading will be on a rolling basis.  Readers are expected to be on top of their work during reading periods.  Reading is expected to be thorough and regular on each piece.  Section Editors oversee their readers.  Exemplary work as a reader will result in promotion to an editor position.

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II) Blog Manager (1)

Hours are between 2 and 5 per week. The Blog Manager will oversee and review all publications on our affectionately-named blog, The Blueg, including blog posts, interviews, reviews, columns, & other.

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III) Features Staff (2)

Hours vary. Extensive interview experience, particularly interviews with artists and poets, is preferred. Job requires at least two interviews a month, plus finding, organizing, and coordinating with the Featured Artists of the Month themselves.  Features Editor will answer directly to the Blog Manager and Editor in Chief in all matters.

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IV) Social Media Assistant (2)

2-3 hours per week. Assistants will answer directly to the Social Media Correspondent. They will help maintain the Blueshift's Twitter feed, Facebook posts, and newsletters.

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 V) Assistant Outreach Manager (1)

Hours vary. Assists in implementation of our intern program (tri-weekly rotation). Responds directly to Outreach Manager.

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VI) Blog Writer
Responsible for creating and executing a multi-part blog series on any topic, with permission from EiC, to be published on our blog, The Blueg. Each series should consist of no less than one post per week, with the entire series taking place over the course of at least one month. Blog writers will respond directly to the Blog Manager. 

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DIRECT ALL INQUIRIES OR ISSUES TO theblueshiftjournal@gmail.com.
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Please submit all art submissions in a .jpeg, .png, or .pdf file. Each piece must have a title.

You may submit up to FIVE art pieces at one time.  However, each piece MUST BE SUBMITTED IN A SEPARATE SUBMISSION.  This means that, if you're submitting two pieces entitled "Sun" and "Rain," you must submit "Sun," go back to theblueshiftjournal.submittable.com, fill out the form again (title and cover letter), and then submit "Rain."

Please send a cover letter with your submission. The cover letter should include a brief, third person biography, the title of your pieces, and anything else you would like to share with us. This letter cannot be viewed by anyone except for the Editor-in-Chief, so rest assured, your work will still be read blindly.

We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

If four months pass and you do not receive word from us, please email us. Any questions, email theblueshiftjournal@gmail.com, and we'll get back to you promptly.

Thank you for your submission!

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Please send all poetry submissions in Times New Roman, single-spaced, size 12. Each piece must have a title. Poems are accepted as .doc, .docx, or .pdf files. Submissions must be primarily in English. Translations are acceptable.

You may submit up to TWO poetry pieces at one time through our free submission tab.  Any more than two, and all pieces will be rejected. Furthermore, each piece MUST BE SUBMITTED IN A SEPARATE SUBMISSION.  This means that, if you're submitting two pieces entitled "Sun" and "Rain," you must submit "Sun," go back to theblueshiftjournal.submittable.com, fill out the form again (title and cover letter), and then submit "Rain."

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT MORE THAN TWO PIECES, please do so through our Tip Jar submission.

Please send a cover letter with your submission. The cover letter should include a brief, third person biography, the title of your pieces, and anything else you would like to share with us. This letter cannot be viewed by anyone except for the Editor-in-Chief, so rest assured, your work will still be read blindly.

We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

If four months pass and you do not receive word from us, please email us. Any questions, email blueshiftquestions@gmail.com, and we'll get back to you promptly.

Thank you for your submission!

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Please send all prose submissions in Times New Roman, single-spaced, size 12. Each piece must have a title. Poems are accepted as .doc, .docx, or .pdf files. Submissions must be primarily in English. Translations are acceptable. 

Word limit of 3,000 for each prose piece.  Pieces over that word limit will be rejected automatically.

You may submit up to TWO poetry pieces at one time through our free submission tab.  Any more than two, and all pieces will be rejected. Furthermore, each piece MUST BE SUBMITTED IN A SEPARATE SUBMISSION.  This means that, if you're submitting two pieces entitled "Sun" and "Rain," you must submit "Sun," go back to theblueshiftjournal.submittable.com, fill out the form again (title and cover letter), and then submit "Rain."

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT MORE THAN TWO PIECES, please do so through our Tip Jar submission.

Please send a cover letter with your submission. The cover letter should include a brief, third person biography, the title of your pieces, and anything else you would like to share with us. This letter cannot be viewed by anyone except for the Editor-in-Chief, so rest assured, your work will still be read blindly.

We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

If four months pass and you do not receive word from us, please email us. Any questions, email blueshiftquestions@gmail.com, and we'll get back to you promptly.

Thank you for your submission!

$5.00 - 10.00
$5.00 - 10.00
As The Blueshift Journal is a relatively new magazine, Tip Jar Submissions are a wonderful way for you to help support us! 

You can submit anytime of the year for $3.00, $5.00, or $10.00. Tip Jar Submissions are treated exactly the same as anything submitted during submission period.  However, Tip Jar is a great way for writers and artists to help offset the costs of production.

For Tip Jar, you may submit up to four poetry pieces, two prose pieces, or five art pieces.  Please submit them in separate documents.  

IF YOU ARE HERE TO SUBMIT ADDITIONAL PIECES TO ISSUE 7, please note this in your cover letter.

We look forward to seeing your work, and very much appreciate the donation!

Look through the spyglass and show us a kaleidoscope of moments past. We want your words the ink of a far away home. Ridges of your fingerprint, pottery chinks between your teeth. Who drew the skyline? Light glances between spyglass and pupil. String us up. Delve into the gap between train and platform. We all run parallel in lines so close sometimes we can reach our hands out and touch. Show us the connection in the air between words.

$25.00
Welcome to the Feedback Corner!  Send in your writing/art for a second eye, and within 10 days, we will get back to you with constructive comments from two or more of our staff.  

Please submit up to THREE poems (max 7 total pages), TWO prose piece (max 3000 words per story), or FOUR art pieces in the same document per Feedback Corner submission.  

Anything over this, and we will not provide feedback.  Don't waste your money, please.

Note: Feedback Corner submissions are NOT put into consideration for issues. This is a separate category. If you would like your work to be considered for the issue, but would also like feedback on that piece regardless of the decision, please submit through the regular channels AND the Feedback Corner.
 
Disclaimer: we are not, by ANY means, holy masters of art. If you are going to use this feature, understand that we are sending our subjective thoughts on your work. It is completely up to you what you get from our comments. All we want to do is open this resource to you so that if you wish to utilize what we say, great.  If not, that is entirely your choice.

Any questions, email us at theblueshiftjournal@gmail.com.  All proceeds go towards our goal of paying future contributors.