Writer Guidelines

February 6, 1998

NOTICE

Echoes had to suspend publication due to lack of funds, so we are no longer accepting submissions or subscription orders.

Please enjoy the library, the tools for writers, and all the other material at this site! (Unfortunately, we will not be able to keep updating this Website unless Echoes is able to resume publication.)

Copies of classic issues are still available. Browse the Library and order your favorites!

Peter Crownfield, Editor

    

This page consists of the following sections:
  1. General information about Echoes
  2. Primary Guidelines
  3. Subscribers first!
  4. Preparing Work for Submission
  5. Sending your work
  6. What to Expect

    Writers who are familiar with the submission process and Echoes Magazine may want to check the abbreviated guidelines for experienced writers.
     

 1. General information about Echoes

(updated January 21, 1998)

Echoes is a bimonthly magazine of stories, poems, and drawings by people in all walks of life. It reflects the personality, thoughts and feelings of the writers -- Echoes is a magazine for people who have something to say (in a creative way), and for those who want to hear what others are saying.

Published writers include people of all ages and all walks of life -- from coast-to-coast and from as far away as France, Germany, Switzerland, and New Zealand. You'll find stories and poems by surgeons, housewives (and househusbands), urban planners, veterans, professional writers, high-school students, retirees, and college professors (including the directors of several creative writing programs). All with different experiences and a talent for sharing them in writing. (More about the writers)

Our acceptance rate is only about 5%and we are often overwhelmed with submissions. Please review the guidelines and sample issue and choose carefully which work to submit.

New and student writers - Despite our very low acceptance ratio, Echoes is very accessible to new and student writers, in addition to those who are more experienced.

Overall, we can publish only about 6% of the work submitted, but Echoes is an accessible platform for new and student writers, in addition to those who are more experienced. So that we can respond more promptly to submissions and remain accessible to new writers, we ask those who have already submitted work to Echoes to please wait six months before trying again.

Here at Echoes, we believe that creative writing and other forms of art provide a way for people to share their unique feelings and philosophies and to see how others think and feel. We also believe in the fundamental value of the person, and look for work that affirms this belief. Our annual Memorial Day issues focus on war and peace, military service, honor, and loss.

Read our Editorial Philosophy for more information.


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2. Primary Guidelines

(updated January 21, 1998)

All work: We look for thought-provoking work that grabs the reader's interest - especially if it shows a personal response to life or a strong philosophical perspective.
  • Clear, down-to-earth writing with a natural style.
  • No gratuitous profanity, sex, or violence.
  • No simultaneous submissions or published work*
    Please do not send a story or poem to Echoes while it is under consideration by another potential publisher -- or to another potential publisher while it is under consideration by Echoes.
    * (If your story or poem was published in a very limited circulation, such as a college or local publication, we may consider it if you supply information about when and where it was published.)
  • No personal essays or nonfiction articles.
  • Also, avoid stories or poems whose subject or metaphor is writing, poetry, the difficulties of being a writer,or the meaning of writing.

We're looking for stories and poems that have interest and meaning for the reader. We expect a story to have some structure and a poem to be based on imagery, not abstractions. If your work is accepted and we note any problem areas, we will help you through the final editing process. (Even if there are problem areas, they may be surprisingly easy to correct -- in most cases, changing a few words or lines can make all the difference.)


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3. Subscribers First!

Subscribers Come First!

Since Echoes was founded in 1993, we have resisted the practice of requiring writers to subscribe in order to submit work. One result is that we receive about 15 times as many submissions as we can afford to print, and we often develop a backlog.

In appreciation of our subscribers' support, we review submissions from subscribers before we review those from non-subscribers. Within each group, we review submissions in the order we receive them.

We know you're waiting, and we try our best to respond promptly, but the volume of submissions varies widely, and during the two or three weeks when an issue is being finalized for the printers, work on submissions slows to a crawl.

The estimated response time for subscribers is 2 to 3 weeks, for non-subscribers 10 to 12 weeks. (To see how we're doing, check our progress report.)

Other benefits for Subscribers

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4. Preparing Work for Submission

(updated January 21, 1998)

Increase the probability of acceptance:
  • If you have already submitted, please wait six months before submitting again.
  • Use the editing checklist to review your work.
  • Make sure your submission fits generally-accepted standards for manuscripts.
  • Remember, no simultaneous submissions.

Format: Content is always more important than exact format, but please follow generally accepted manuscript format if possible. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope; if you want your manuscript returned, include enough postage for the manuscript plus our response.

  • Show your complete name and address on the first page of your manuscript.
  • If you are submitting a story, show the word count on the first page, too.
  • Make sure your manuscript is clear and easy to read.  
    Avoid small typefaces, italics, script, and other fancy typefaces. A plain "typewriter" font really is the best!
  • Use paper clips, not staples

Deadlines: Each issue closes about 3 months before publication.

Echoes Memorial Day issues.

Payment consists of copies of the issue in which your work is published.

Library of Congress: If your work is accepted, we require authorization to permit the Library of Congress (at its option) to make audio or Braille versions for the handicapped.
 

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5. Sending Your Work...

(updated June 16, 1997)

NOTICE

Echoes had to suspend publication due to lack of funds, so we are no longer accepting submissions.

Please enjoy the library, the tools for writers, and all the other material at this site! (Unfortunately, we will not be able to keep updating this Website unless Echoes is able to resume publication.)

  • Copies of classic issues are still available. Browse the Library and order your favorites!

When you send work to us:

Questions? Check with us before sending.

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6. What to Expect

NOTICE

Echoes had to suspend publication due to lack of funds, so we are no longer accepting submissions.

Please enjoy the library, the tools for writers, and all the other material at this site! (Unfortunately, we will not be able to keep updating this Website unless Echoes is able to resume publication.)

  • Copies of classic issues are still available. Browse the Library and order your favorites!

Submissions to Echoes are read by two or more people. If a submission is in keeping with our editorial philosophy and standards, we will contact you as promptly as possible.

Response time: We receive an average of over 200 stories and poems a month. In the past, when we were unable to use a submission, we always tried to reply with an individual letter, telling the writer why each individual story or poem was not accepted for publication and to offer suggestions for improvement. We are no longer able to do this in most cases, but we continue to do so for subscribers.

Response time: Average response time for non-subscribers is 10 weeks. If the response is taking longer than expected, don't forget that we review submissions from subscribers first. We know that you are waiting for a reply and will do our best to respond promptly. (Check the progress report page to see how we're doing.)

If we accept your work, you will receive a letter that states the terms.
If we cannot use your work

  • If you are a subscriber, you will receive a letter (or e-mail message) that also indicates the reasons why we chose not to use it.
  • In some cases we may make specific suggestions for improvement and invite resubmission.
  • If you are not a subscriber, you will receive a printed form to that effect. (See the subscribers first policy above.)

(Do not hesitate to contact us by Email if you have any questions.)

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