Submissions

Overcommunicate is published twice a year, in February and August. You can send in submissions any time; submissions close on 5 December for the February issue and 5 July for the August issue. Issues are not themed, and a diverse range of works are published in each issue. Overcommunicate will confirm submissions have been received by email; if you haven't received a confirmation email after a week, please email again.

Overcommunicate publishes writing and artwork by queer and rainbow women, non-binary folk, and gender diverse people. But please don't worry - contributors are never asked to 'prove' their claim to one of these identities. Anyone who feels that one of these descriptions fits them is welcome to submit.

The best way to get a feel for what we publish is to purchase and read the latest issue.

If you have any questions about submitting, please send me an email (overcommag@gmail.com) or a message on Instagram (@overcommag).

GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • You may submit up to three pieces.
  • If you are sending in multiple submissions, please send each as a separate file.
  • Save the files with with your name (or the name you publish under) and the title of the piece as the file name, e.g. "Jane Bloggs - Untitled.docx".
  • Include in the body of your email your name (and the name you publish under, if different), pronouns, the titles of the pieces you are submitting, and a short bio. Please read the bio guidelines and examples here.
  • Email submissions to overcommag@gmail.com with 'Submission for next issue' in the subject line.
  • Generally, only one piece per writer/artist is published in each issue.
  • Regrettably, we are unable to pay for contributions. Each contributor receives two free copies of the issue.

ARTWORK GUIDELINES
  • Accepted artworks include illustrations, drawings, paintings, photography, comics, etc.
  • Please send visual submissions as .jpg/.jpeg, .png or .pdf, and ensure the quality is high enough that the artwork will not be pixelated when printed on an A5 page.

WRITING GUIDELINES
  • Accepted writing includes poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, personal essays, etc.
  • Poetry should be under 40 lines; longer poems of between 60-80 are also sometimes published.
  • Prose should be under 550 words; longer prose of between 700-1000 words is also sometimes published.
  • Please send each written submission in a separate .docx file. If you don't have the ability to send .docx files, please send them as Google Docs. Do not send written submissions as PDFs.

GUIDELINES FOR WRITING WITH ARTWORK
  • Works which combine writing and artwork are also accepted. For example, blackout poetry; writing with specific typesetting; writing with accompanying illustrations (it is preferable that accompanying illustrations have transparent backgrounds).
  • Try to follow the artwork and writing guidelines above, but get in touch if you'd like to submit something which doesn't fit with these guidelines.