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JULY 2017 UPDATE: SUBMISSIONS HAVE REOPENED
Eyeshot has been internationally accessible since 1999. Fiction, photographs, rants, reviews, links, essays, and other unclassifiables are accepted and declined. We pay in dissemination and validation, however meager. 

Review of stories received from random people via e-mail is our volunteer work. It's how we try to make the world a better place. Or if not "better" than at least a little less shitty thanks to free international dispersal of odd and hopefully semi-humorous or at least unexpectedly sidewinding displays of language. As such, Eyeshot receives and reviews electronic (ie, e-mailed) submissions sent to submit at eyeshot.net

If you'd like to send long breathless love letters, antique postcards, and/or old mixed tapes discovered in a box in your parents' basement you made when a post-adolescent depressive, the old-fashioned mailing address is Box 18009 Phila PA 19147. 

Some further ideas for those enticed to submit: Please include complete biographical information and links to every previous publication and the name of every professor you ever slept with at your prestigious NYC MFA program you'll soon graduate from +$80K in debt, and -- important! -- be sure to mention how many times you've been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. We would also like to see links to all of your social media accounts, esp. Goodreads, Twitter, Uganda, Tumblr, Whatnot, and Facebook. Also, if you would like to start a fundraiser thing to raise money for a bribe to grease our editorial palms, please make sure to do that well in advance of your submission. 

Specific Recommendations & Restrictions

Once there was a time when asked about submission guidelines we consulted the many sages and they all replied, "Cows never roam from pastures with no fences." We can't deny the wisdom of the sages. And so, there shan't be submission guidelines. EXCEPT, to recognize that some people might want to know what we tend to post without bothering to browse the archive, we are now happy to offer somewhat explicit recommendations: 

DO NOT SEND POETRY unless (1) it's disguised as prose, (2) it's totally nasty & perverted, or (3) you're an Egyptian

DO NOT SEND ANYTHING if your e-mail address includes the words writer, write, poet, or anything similar. If you are under 17 years of age, it's OK. But otherwise, please do not submit. 

PLEASE TRY NOT TO SEND whimsical pieces that are loaded with dialogue and lots of lame pop-cultural references (we prefer mythological, literary, art-historical, and/or misanthropomorphophagical allusions). 

PLEASE TRY NOT TO SEND something about an emotionally cathartic moment from your childhood (unless it involves dead clowns). 

PLEASE TRY NOT TO SEND some small, relatively unimaginative, essayistic piece about deli meats or chapstick or dentists. 

PLEASE TRY NOT TO SEND anything that anyone would ever describe as "punk rock."

PLEASE TRY NOT TO SEND anything if your favorite author is Bukowski. Nothing against the man, but if he's your favorite author, please send your submission elsewhere. Again, we have no real problem with Bukowski's writing whatsoever, but if you're all about him, that is, if you write like him way more than you write like yourself, please realize you're invited to do two things: (1) pray for a big ol' rainstorm of sweet, sweet whisky, and (2) insert and piston your skinny ashen thingy (assuming you're a boy) into and out of the hole in the center of your collector's edition DVD of Barfly.

PLEASE TRY NOT TO SEND anything that you would call "flash fiction." Short pieces are fine to send, but not if you refer to them as "flash fiction." We seem to have an unspecifiable problem with the term. 

PLEASE REALIZE you can send any of the above but we won't accept them unless they're really funny and/or wonderful. We tend to like things that are denser (not so quick to include space breaks between sentences), that are somewhat elusive and inventive and overblown languagewise and not-so-sane aesthetically. OK? That's a hint intended to save us all time. But then again, we are always open to reading anything you want to send. It may seem like there are now some fences, but they're imaginary -- if you don't want them to be there, that's fine - think of them as suggested fences. 

PLEASE REALIZE that Thanks and Sorry and Good Luck: Rejection Letters from the Eyeshot Outbox may prove an invaluable resource for prospective submitters interested in discerning our editorial tendencies and taste. 

PLEASE REALIZE we are no longer encouraging visitors to send stuff that's plagiarized or transcripts of instant messages, although we did in the past (before folks started using gchats in fiction, FYI). 

Again, if you would like to send physical objects ($$$ or gifts or small cat toys or ironic T-shirts for toddlers (size 5T) or books/music to potentially review), our mailing address is:

Eyeshot, PO Box 18009, Phila, PA 19147

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