Submission Guidelines

THE BEZINE IS A VOLUNTEER EFFORT WITH A PEACE AND JUSTICE MISSION

We suggest that you read our Intro and Mission Statement and at least one back issue of The BeZine before submitting work for possible publication.

The BeZine is published quarterly on the fifteenth of the month: March, June, September and December.

Please be mindful that our core team (The Bardo Group Beguines), guest contributors, and readers include and welcome the world’s diversity. Nonviolence, respect, and inclusion are core values at The BeZine

WE SEEK

  • fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, essays, poetry, art and photography, cartoons, music videos, reviews and interviews, and documentary videos.
  • feature articles should include sources.
  • poems based on news should include sources if possible.
  • work intended for our blog or for our quarterly issue (see details below).

GUIDELINES FOR THE BEZINE BLOG AND ISSUES

Only SEND SUBMISSIONS by email
  • We accept previously published work. You must have the copyright, though. Please include prior public information and any relevant link if the publication is online. We want to promote other sites that publish our contributors.
  • We accept work that has been posted on social media. Do not provide links to social media posts. Simply note that the work appeared and on which platform.
  • We do not accept unsolicited multiple submissions to The BeZine in the same genre for the same issue. See the genre guidelines for more information about what you may include in a single submission.
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions.
  • Work submitted for the blog or an issue of The BeZine may be accepted for either, depending on our needs. We will give you the choice of whether or not to publish in the other outlet from the one to which you submit your work.
  • By submitting work to The BeZine, you are confirming that you own and hold the rights to the work and that you grant us the right to publish on the blog or in the BeZine if your submission is accepted.
  • Include a 50–70 word bio in a separate file.
    • In your bio include links to specific publications you mention (but not to your social media, web page, or blog—see next item). Please put the links in ( ) or [ ] after the title of the publication or journal (we will add the hyperlink to the text to make it clickable).
    • After your bio include a list of links you would like to share: social media profiles, web page, and blog.
    • Attach to the email a headshot JPG of high resolution (at least 300 dpi width) in “portrait” (not landscape) shape (ie, higher than wide).
    • DO NOT PLACE the headshot in a word processing file. Only attached jpg files will be used.
How to submit
  • Only email submissions will be read.
  • Prose, poetry, and hybrid: please submit as a word processing file attachment (Word, Pages, Open Document, or RTF — NOT PDF, NOT GOOGLE DOC).
  • Work must be submitted in English and properly edited. Submissions in other languages are encouraged but please forward with a high-quality English translation.
  • Prose submissions should be limited to no more than 2,000 words in an attached file (Word, Pages, Open Document, or RTF — NOT PDF, NOT GOOGLE DOC).
    • Flash fiction or nonfiction (750 words or fewer) is welcome, as are short stories (750–2,000 words), essays (2,000), and hybrid prose (up to 2,000 words).
    • Work under 1,500 words will receive preference, as we are an online journal.
    • Send a query for prose over 2,000 words that tells us why you think it belongs in The BeZine.
  • Poetry submissions should be no more than three poems and total no more than 180 lines (i.e., 1 poem = 180 lines, 2 poems = 180 lines, 3 poems = 180 lines, maximum) in an attached file (Word, Pages, Open Document, or RTF — NOT PDF, NOT GOOGLE DOC).
    • We prefer stanza or section breaks in longer poetry.
  • We may make editorial suggestions for submitted work before we accept it.
    • Check your work carefully before submitting. We may on occasion send work we like back to the writer for copyediting.
    • Please note that we are less likely to accept work where language errors (as opposed to clear experimentation) get in the way of its message or our reading of it.
  • Please suggest a short collective title for groups of works that you expect to be published together (for example, 3 poems or 3 flash fiction pieces).
    • If you don’t suggest a group title, we likely will create one for the page the group appears on. This makes our ToC easier to read.
  • Photographs or artwork: submit as an attached jpg file of high resolution (preferably 300 DPI at least 1800 x 1800).
    • Do not submit files over 5MB, please.
    • Note: We will proportionally resize accepted work to fit our format and layout of particular pages where the artwork is used.
    • We may use details from an artwork in some layouts.
  • Video / music: submit links to audio or video work in the body of the email with a short (50–75 word) synopsis of the video and how it connects to the issue theme or our blog.
    • If you submit music with lyrics, please include the lyrics in a separate file (Word, Pages, Open Document, or RTF — NOT PDF, NOT GOOGLE DOC).
  • We accept previously published work, including work appearing on Social Media, so long as you hold the copyright.
    • Include relevant citations and links (we like to link to previous publications so interested readers might find new work / journals to read—this supports publications and editors who have supported writers whose work we include in our publication, so it is win-win).
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You retain your copyright for work published in The BeZine or the Blog. By submitting to The BeZine, you agree to give us the rights to publish thee work on our site and to archive the work, if we accept your work.

PAYMENT

We regret that we are unable to offer payment or editorial feedback. While we don’t offer payment, neither do we charge for submissions or subscriptions.

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THE BeZINE THEMES AND READING PERIODS for 2022
  • March: sustainABILITY: shaping uncertain future(s)
    Closed for 2022— Read the issue here. January 15 -February 15
    How do we choose the best paths to sustain (broadly defined) the Earth (focused on the climate crisis) our lives, our children’s, and our grandchildren’s? Broadly interpreted, this could range from sustaining ourselves as artists-activists to maintaining our efforts to heal the world (and slow climate change) through sustainable practices even during pandemic, economic and supply pressures, or political unrest. Added: Ukraine Peace special section.
  • June: Waging Peace: balancing personal & global crises & needs
    Closed for 2022 — Read the issue here. April 15- May 15
    What do we mean by waging peace and can we face the other cracks in the world while struggling with our own inner and outer turmoil? Populism, nationalism, and fascism seem to breed on divisiveness globally, using fear to build power, pushing competition over cooperation. Stress, ptsd, micro-aggressions, personal conflict engage similar issues personally.
    So, how do we work together to help each other find inner peace and to wage peace globally? How do we share resources that help individuals and also build peace, rather than manipulate, exploit (horde, deplete)? How do we wage peace collectively while also facing-off against pandemic, climate crisis, economic inequity, and personal challenges / issues?
    • NOTE: We expect a focus on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. However, we invite you to also consider the Ukraine war in larger contexts, in more focused work related to individuals, or to submit work in relation to the many other conflicts throughout the world.
    • We especially invite creative work from people living in or displaced by one of the current wars in the world.
  • September: Social Justice: listening, learning, reaching out
    Submission period: July 15 – August 15
    What do others tell us about their experience? How do we listen and learn? How do racial, economic and social inequalities affect people we know? What do we say to our children and who else do they hear? What do you have to say about your experiences with social (in)justice?
  • December: A Life of the Spirit: Fuel for Change
    Submission period: October 15 – November 15
    How do we fuel the engines of change for ourselves and others? How do we change? In looking at the previous three issue’s themes, how does life of the spirit provide the energy we need to change the world for the better? Can we find hope? Can we change? Where? How?
  • Work that is off theme will not usually be accepted, but we do make exceptions for some high-quality work that relates to our mission and all of the themes overall, or that is timely but related to another issue’s theme or to current events. Please state in your submission email that you are submitting off-theme and why you think it would be suitable. It would help if you demonstrate familiarity with past issues when you do. (Also see Best Practices below, which is an ongoing issue and blog theme.)
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BEST PRACTICES
Ongoing theme for both blog and Issues

We are interested in learning about peace, sustainability and social justice initiatives that are working no matter where in the world. These will be considered for both blog and Zine. We encourage work that doesn’t just define or highlight a problem but offers solutions, especially when those solutions are already in place somewhere, proving productive, and might reasonably be implemented elsewhere. Indicate in your email subject line AND body if your submission is a “Best Practices.” We will consider best practices for either the blog or the quarterly issue, according to our needs. How to submit.

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THE BeZINE BLOG
  • We have not done much with the blog in 2021 but would like to attend to it more in 2022. You could help shape it by sharing your work for the blog, in addition to work you submit to the quarterly journal.
  • Please read the blog here to become familiar with what we post. Mostly, this year, it has been announcements.
  • Any theme related to the overall Mission is acceptable. If you have work that doesn’t fit the quarterly themes listed above, but does fit our overall mission, consider submitting it for the blog.
  • Submissions to the blog are open all year and reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Submit work by email following general guidelines above.
  • How to submit work.
  • If you are interested in becoming a regular blogger, contact the editor.
    • Submit links to online examples of your work.
    • Suggest what type of content you would like to contribute.
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SPECIAL ISSUES AND EVENTS
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THE NO-NOs
  • Work that expresses distain for a specific person or group of people.
  • Work that advocates hate or violence.
  • Poetry with a complicated or eccentric layout.
  • Odd fonts.
  • Whole works in italics.
  • Prose or poetry submitted against a colored background.
  • Submitting more than three poems at a time.
  • Submitting more than once in any given month.

How to submit.


The BeZine is a volunteer effort with a peace and justice mission

On behalf of The Bardo Group Beguines
and in the spirit of love (respect) and community,

Michael Dickel, Editor

Updated: 21 December 2021

7 thoughts on “Submission Guidelines

    1. We now have the word limits included. Note, that you have a longer piece, you may write to ask about our interest before sending. Be sure to tell us a bit about the work and to point us to other work you may have online, if you do.

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