If you’ve had it with the wincing people give you when you, a grown person, admit to being a poet, maybe it’s time to use Lungfull to transform what poetry is. If you’ve had it with pretending to make nice with cretins & derelicts just to get published or get a reading, maybe it’s time to dash your vocational
ascension against the rocks of Lungfull!magazine. Careers, like all expressions of ego, just divide people from each other and from what they really ought to be. We want nothing more than for your work to be lively, astute, bigger than you who wrote it & willing to avail itself of the massive collusion of
traditions available to us all at this moment.
Sbmissions that follow this how-to stand a much greater chance of acceptance.
1. ELIMINATE all thoughts of personal gain from your mind before even writing the poems or prose you will eventually send to us. Review the editorials in the past few issues if this concept is difficult.
2. No, for real, destroy all such thoughts before sending. We publish 2 percent of all submissions, which forces us to reject work we really like by people we truly admire. On a similar note, please decide if you hate/love us before submitting. If your opinion of us is based on what we think about your work it is hard to take you seriously as a person and casts a long shadow over all your other relationships.
3. Now you are ready: Send up to 6 poems or 10pp of prose. Any more & we will not read any of it. Visual artists should send slides or high quality reproductions. You do not have to supply the rough draft when you submit, though nobody’s stopping you.
4. Include a cover letter. Explain why you want to be published by Lungfull! Doublecheck that your letter has our name on it, not another magazine’s. Be sure to indicate if you plan on going berserk if you get turned down. Similarly, let us know if we will immediately regret accepting your work.
5. A few don’ts with the cover letter: You know who cares about your MFA? Nobody cares about your MFA. Nobody cares about the other journals you’ve been published in. Even those editors have forgotten about you. In 1940, when there were three journals and nobody went to college, let alone grad school, maybe somebody cared, but probably not even then. If your books are so amazing, you wouldn’t have to mention them.
6. Include contact information on every page. Pages should be unscented.
7. Include a SASE. You will not hear from us otherwise. A blank self-addressed postcard that forces us to write a note is passive-aggressive and will delay response time.
8. Be patient. Do not send a second mss before we respond to the first. Do not query before a year. A year? A year. Reading over 1,000 manuscripts for each issue takes time & our response may take over a year. To go any faster would be to cheat everyone of a considered decision. Return to step one and get some hobbies if this will be hard for you.
9. Do not send the only copy of your work. What if... something happens.
10. these Guidelines are constantly being updated to reflect the amazing ways people find to sabotage themselves. its amazing! we maintain an archive.
Please note: we prefer postal submissions. LUNGFULL! magazine 316 23rd street brooklyn ny 11215 attn: submissions. However, if you live abroad or are faced with some other compelling reason to submit online send to
Subject should be “SUBMISSION from…” and then your name. Include your writing as text in the body of the email. do not include attachments. Our server automatically deletes emails with attachments unread. It will be like you, George Bailey style, had never been born. Mary’s a spinster now and Lungfull! is The Pottersville Review. merry christmas...in jail.
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