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Submissions

We welcome creative nonfiction and poetry submissions up to 2,500 words that explore mortality, death, and dying-related topics. We welcome submissions from anyone on this topic, whether you are a terminally ill person, a doctor, someone who suffered a loss, a caregiver or someone simply contemplating his or her own mortality. We seek personal stories with both a unique voice and universal appeal. We want writing that is compelling and makes us want to keep reading. We also welcome submissions of original poetry, photography, or artwork. We seek writing that contemplates questions such as:

  • How do you ¬†live well after receiving a terminal prognosis?
  • How do you face death when it likely will be sooner than you expected?
  • How do you find joy when facing intensive medical treatments and the prospect of dying?
  • How does the culture and your community treat you when you are likely to die?
  • How does cultural silence surrounding death and dying impact you?
  • Are you part of a culture whose practices differ and conflict (or coincide) with predominant culture surrounding death?
  • Have you found humor in death and dying, comedy amidst the horror? Sick humor to keep you sane? We are interested in the quirky and unexpected angles on death.
  • How do you continue and find peace after a devastating illness or loss?
  • What does the world need to know about the experience of dying or being labeled as someone who is dying?
  • This is not an exhaustive list but is meant to give you ideas of the kinds of topics in which we are interested. We may not be able to immediately respond to your submission, please have patience. We may accept your submission, suggest edits/rewrites, or let you know that we cannot publish it at this time.

The Fine Print of the Submission Guidelines

Please read these guidelines carefully and adhere to them when you submit to us. Submissions that are not in conformity with these guidelines will not be considered for publication.

  • We accept previously unpublished nonfiction works of up to 2,500 words. We accept simultaneous submissions but please do let us know if your submission gets selected for publication elsewhere.
  • Writers and artists must own the rights to their work. By submitting to us, they are agreeing to have their work published on our site and maintained in our archives. The writer retains ownership of the copyright to his or her work.
  • With your submission, please include your full name, email, and phone number. Please also let us know how you would like your name to appear with your work.
  • Please include a suggested title for your piece.
  • Please include a bio of no more than 150 words that tells us the official stuff about you as well as something interesting or quirky
  • If your piece is selected for publication, we will request a high resolution headshot to include with it.
  • Please include in your submission email a statement affirming that the work has not been previously published and also affirming that you, the writer, own the rights to the work.
  • Please paste your work directly into your submission email rather than attaching a file.
  • Please send your submission to editor@monthstoyears.org

 

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