Submission Guidelines


Welcome to Claudius Speaks, a journal of bold art and writing that celebrates emerging talent.

We welcome submissions of exceptional, previously unpublished poetry, non-fiction essays, paintings, illustrations and photographs. We have no content restrictions; we only ask that you send your best, most polished and wholly original work to us. For special themed issues, we ask that your content reflect the theme as interpreted through your artistic lens.

Send Us Your Work: We accept submissions through our electronic submission system. We do not accept submissions through postal services or email. Your submission must be in one of the following file formats for submissions: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .txt

For artwork, you may submit in the following formats: .pdf, .jpeg, .gif, .png (please limit file size to under 10 MB)

Manuscript Formatting: All manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages. Prose should be double-spaced. Poetry should be single-spaced (unless unique formatting is essential to the artistry of the piece) and should not exceed 20 lines. The author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page.

Submission Deadlines: The deadline for the current theme of “Flight” is April 30, 2017.

Simultaneous Submissions: We accept simultaneous submissions. We hope for all creatives to have every possible opportunity for success. However, we ask that if your piece is accepted by another outlet before we have responded to please withdraw your submission using the Submittable platform.

Multiple Submissions: We accept a maximum of two submissions per author/artist.

Response Time: We strive to respond to submissions within one month.

Submission Fees: Claudius Speaks aspires to promote emerging voices with powerful messages. It is free to submit to our journal!

Payment to Authors For General Submissions: Claudius Speaks is strongly committed to supporting our authors’ work. Our current payment rates for work are as follows:

  • Essays / Creative Non Fiction: $30
  • Art: $15
  • Poetry: $10

Note: we exclusively use PayPal for payments.

Issue Four ThemeWe are pleased to announce we are accepting submissions for the fourth issue of Claudius Speaks!

For Issue IV, we are in flight.

Is it gravity not so much defied as dismissed, forgetting how to fall, or plummeting up?
Is it migration, the long train of people carrying their belongings and memories and children away?
Is it running, running, running, until the heart pulls itself away and the body buckles, joyfully spent?
Is it just the easiest way to get around, even with the tiny bottles and uncomfortable seating?
Is it cowardice in the heat of battle, panic loosening the legs?
Is it movement anywhere, by any means, dignified or not, as long as it is not here, not now, not this?
Is it amnesia as the price of survival?
Is it the empire of air, another realm entirely, home to angels and their demons, the fluid geology of cloudform, the substance of things believed?
Is it escape, and bearing a message you alone survived to tell?
Is it hope, pushing a heavy contraption you dreamed up off the roof?
Is it laughter to split the earth and spite the grave?
Is it nostalgia for the cage when freedom condemns us to answer for ourselves?

Fly. Fly, you fools.


Non Fiction: We seek powerful, beautifully written, non-fiction pieces (essay, creative non-fiction, experimental) from new voices. There is no length restriction on content, but we ask that your piece be submitted in its most complete, edited, and proofread form.

Poetry: Poems cannot exceed 20 lines. Each submission may have a maximum of 3 poems. The poems should be contained in a single file and the submission should showcase your best work. We accept submissions of all poetic forms and genres but do not accept translations.

Art: Visual images capture narrative nuances that awaken the spirit and touch the heart. We seek paintings, illustrations and photographs that move us with their beauty and perspective. There are no restrictions on style or content, we only ask that you submit your best work.

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