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WORKSHOPS

Scroll down past our submissions guidelines to view our current workshop offerings. Cleaver Magazine offers affordable online generative workshops in flash, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual narrative, poetry, and narrative collage. Our workshops are taught by Cleaver editors, university creative writing professors, and professional writers and editors. All classes are held online. Most classes are capped at 12 participants. For more information check out the workshop page on our main site. 


QUARTERLY MAGAZINE SUBMISSIONS 

Cleaver Magazine accepts submissions year-round. View our general guidelines below. We are an all-volunteer organization staffed by artists and writers who work together as promoters and stewards of literary and visual arts. 

We receive more than 3000 submissions a year with an acceptance rate of slightly 7.25%. Submissions are read by our editorial team in chronological order as we make our way through the queue. The wait time for an answer will vary from a few days to several months, but be assured that we read every submission. We try to pass on editorial comments to submitters whenever possible.

From 2013 through 2019 we offered free submissions to all writers. As of January 1, 2020, to help defray the steeply rising costs of the Submittable platform (which now costs us over $1000 per year) and our web hosting platform, we are instituting a $5 submission fee. (Submittable takes a portion of each submission fee, so we receive only $3.76 from every $5.) We will briefly lift this submission fee through the year and announce these free submissions periods both here and on our social media. If the $5 fee presents a hardship, please do not hesitate to email us at editor@cleavermagazine.com.

A voluntary $25.00 fee will guarantee an expedited answer within two weeks. Paying a expedited-submission fee does not increase your chances of acceptance, but it does go a long way to help us sustain our quarterly magazine filled with thwackingly fine cutting-edge fiction, poetry, essays, and artwork. 

If you have a submission still in the queue and have not heard back from us, assume it has been held over for consideration for another issue. For inquiries, thwack us an email: editor@cleavermagazine.com.

A few general notes:

  • For art submissions, contact editor Raymond Rorke (laserjay@gmail.com
  • For visual narrative submissions, contact editor Emily Steinberg (steinberg.emily@gmail.com)
  • Please don’t email submissions of poetry, fiction, flash, or creative nonfiction unless you have been specifically requested to do so by an editor. Unsolicited emailed submissions are deleted unread. Submissions mailed to our US Post Office box are recycled, unopened.
  • We have a separate category for solicited submissions. Please use this category only when requested by an editor.
  • Poets, if you need to withdraw single poems from a batch submission, please follow these instructions:
  1. Log into your Submittable account and go to your Submissions tab.
  2. Click on the Activity tab.
  3. In the text box tell us which poem(s) you are withdrawing.
     

GENERAL LITERARY MAGAZINE SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES

Cleaver accepts simultaneous submissions, with immediate notification if work is accepted elsewhere. Previously published work is generally not accepted but we will occasionally consider work shared on personal blogs/websites or work previously published in a limited print-only edition.

  • Include your name and full contact information with each submission.
  • We'd like to get to know you, so include brief bio.
  • Prose submissions should be single-spaced. We'll still read double-spaced mss, but it's harder for us to read double-spaced mss. through the Submittable interface, so please be nice to our eyes!
  • Please include word count at the top of the document.
  • Please wait to hear back from us before submitting a new unsolicited manuscript.
  • We operate on a butter knife budget and are unable to pay authors for work at this time. In return for your literary labors, we offer respectful and thwackingly stylish curation.
     

Our response time is generally 2-4 months for fiction, flash, and essays and 2-12 months for poetry. Occasionally we will respond much faster. We have an all-volunteer staff and many submissions, so please be patient.

All rights revert to the author upon publication. If you republish your work in a print or other journal, please credit Cleaver for the first publication.

If you submit to Cleaver you will automatically be added to our list for a free email subscription. If you do not wish to receive a subscription, let us know in your author's note.

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weekend writing 

 
WEEKEND WRITING
for practice and inspiration
open to all levels and genres
Taught by Cleaver Editor Andrea Caswell
Three-week Sessions, Sundays 10:30 am - 12:00 pm ET
Session 1: September 12, 19, 26 
Session 2: October 3, 17, 24
Session 3:
November 7, 14, 21
Session 4: December 5, 12, 19 

Each session: $100

Class limit: 12
This class can be repeated monthly. (Re-registration required).
Questions: andreacaswell@cleavermagazine.com

WEEKEND WRITING is a weekly generative writing session for writers of all levels and genres. Enjoy this 90-minute writing retreat as we read and discuss short prose, experiment with optional prompts during focused in-class writing time, and nurture a personal writing practice rooted in curiosity and creativity. Whether you want to build structure into your writing week or simply play in your notebook, you’ll enrich your weekend with other writers in a motivational and supportive setting.

For more details see: https://www.cleavermagazine.com/workshops/


Stories of Disability 


TELLING STORIES OF DISABILITY AND ILLNESS
A Generative Open-Genre Course
4 Weeks October 1 to 29th
Zoom meetings Thursdays October 7, 14, 21 28 at 7:30-8:30 pm ET
$200
Class limit: 12
Questions: michellehiphopp@gmail.com

In this workshop, we'll interrogate the ways illness has been used as a trope or misrepresented in literature (think Jane Eyre) to the ways we have and are moving toward a less ableist representation of disability (think "His Last Game" by Brian Doyle). We'll explore the ways disabled lives are being featured and honored in literature today, including works by major authors like Alice Wong, Maysoon Zayid, and Temple Grandin, as well as emerging writers.

In this workshop, we'll interrogate the ways illness has been used as a trope or misrepresented in literature (think Jane Eyre) to the ways we have and are moving toward a less ableist representation of disability (think "His Last Game" by Brian Doyle). We'll explore the ways disabled lives are being featured and honored in literature today, including works by major authors like Alice Wong, Maysoon Zayid, and Temple Grandin, as well as emerging writers.

For more details see: https://www.cleavermagazine.com/workshops/

 

The Writing Lab 


THE WRITING LAB:
Playful Experiments to Unstuck Your Writing

A 6-week Generative Writing Boost
6 weeks: Oct 3 – Nov 14
Mostly Asynchronous with two Zoom Meetings:
10-11 am ET on Sunday, Oct 3 and
10-11 am ET on Sunday, Nov 14
$300
Class Limit 12
Questions: triciapark@cleavermagazine.com

Stuck in a writing rut? Don’t know how to get started? Together, we’ll give ourselves permission to start where we are, with curiosity, no matter how stuck we may feel. In this class, we’ll discover the “play” of writing, with prompts and generative exercises that’ll get you unstuck and boost your writing practice into high gear.

THIS CLASS IS OPEN TO WRITERS OF ALL LEVELS AND GENRES. In this workshop, we’ll generate new writing through exercises and assignments; provide and receive feedback on writing you produce in our workshop. We welcome new and experienced writers, who are looking for structure, guidance, and support with your writing practice.

This class offers weekly deadlines and assignments but you can work at your own pace and on your own time—there are no required meetings (although we may have an optional Zoom check-in or two to provide additional support and inspiration.)

For more details see: https://www.cleavermagazine.com/workshops/


 

VOICE LESSONS
Identifying and Creating Perspective in Poetry
Taught by Cleaver Senior Poetry Editor Claire Oleson
October 16 - Nov 20
Asynchronous with optional Zoom meetings 11 am ET Oct 23,30 and Nov 20
$200
Questions: olesonc@kenyon.edu
Class Limit: 14

In this course, we will plunge into the murky waters of what is meant by “voice” in poetry. Each week, we will look at two to three poems by a single poet and investigate how they bring something of the same perspective, tone, specificity, and selfhood to different poetic projects. In light of this investigation, participants will be invited to work on their uses of voice in their own poetry. This class is designed to create a platform on which to find, develop, and hone the connective tissue between different works by the same writer. For five weeks, participants will be encouraged to find themselves within their language and explore the ways in which they may take on an identifiable style while maintaining flexibility across different pieces.

For more details see: https://www.cleavermagazine.com/workshops/


Revising is Writing 

 
REVISING *IS* WRITING:
Unlocking the Creative Potential of Self-Editing in Creative Nonfiction
A Master Class in Craft
Sunday, Nov 20, 2021, 12-pm to 2 pm ET on Sunday
$50
Class limit: 18
Questions: lf@lisefunderburg.com

The unsung hero of the creative process is revision, but the aversion to it that so many of us feel can be laid at the feet of most of our experiences of formal schooling, wherein NO ONE ever showed us how to engage with work past the first draft. In this technique-based master class, Lise will teach you strategies and practices that will take your creative nonfiction projects from their jumbled beginnings to polished, publishable gems.

For more details see: https://www.cleavermagazine.com/workshops/


Blue typewriter 

SHORT STORY CLINIC
with Andrea Caswell

One-on-one personal feedback for your story. 

Fiction writer and editor Andrea Caswell will read your short story (up to 5000 words) and offer constructive written feedback regarding what’s working, what needs attention, and how to improve in key craft areas. Feedback will be returned within 21 days; expedited turnaround also available. You may add an optional video conference with Andrea to discuss your work further and ask questions about the next steps for revision.

Submission Guidelines
-Story Clinic is open to all fiction writers
-5000 words maximum
-You may include specific questions for feedback in the cover letter section when you submit
-Category may close if editors’ capacity is reached; it will reopen the following month

Cost
-One short story 1K – 3000 words: $100
-One short story 3K – 5000 words: $150
-Optional 30-minute video or phone conference: add $50
-Expedited two-week turnaround: add $50
 
For more details see: https://www.cleavermagazine.com/workshops/



Creative Nonfiction Clinic

With Sydney  Tammarine

Here is your opportunity for one-on-one editorial feedback on a work-in-progress.

Writer Dinty W. Moore says that creative nonfiction equals curiosity plus truth. CNF comes in a variety of forms: from expansive memoir to intimate personal essay to the lightbulb “eureka!” of flash. But in any form, nonfiction seeks a deeper understanding of ourselves and our world. It requires a well-told narrative, conflict, careful pacing, and a dynamic mind thinking on the page. Whether you have an essay near completion to submit to journals or programs, or have written a draft and don’t know what to do next, an experienced editor will offer the guidance and encouragement necessary to realize your best work.

Creative nonfiction writer and editor Sydney Tammarine will read your essay (up to 4000 words) and offer constructive written feedback regarding what’s working, what needs attention, and how to improve in key craft areas. Feedback will be returned within 21 days; expedited turnaround is also available. You may add an optional video conference with Sydney to discuss your work further and ask questions about next steps for revision.

Submission Guidelines
- Creative Nonfiction Clinic is open to all nonfiction writers
- 4000 words maximum
- Please double-space your manuscript and use Times New Roman or a similar font
- You may include specific questions for feedback in the cover letter section when you submit
- Category may close if editors’ capacity is reached; it will reopen the following month

Note: this is a paid service. If you wish to submit your work for consideration for publication, please use the Creative Nonfiction category.

Cost

$100 for up to 2500 words

$150 for up to 4000 words

$50 add-on for a 30-minute Zoom consultation

$50 add-on for an expedited 2-week turnaround

Please upload documents in any genre only if your work was personally requested by one of the Cleaver editors. In the cover letter field, let us know which editor solicited your work and include a brief bio statement.

$5.00
$5.00

Submit up to 5 poems in a single document. If you need to withdraw one or more poems in the batch, don't email our editor. 

Instructions for single-poem withdraws:

1. Log into your Submittable account and go to your Submissions tab.

2. Click on the Activity tab. 

3. In the text box tell us which poem(s) you are withdrawing.


$5.00
$5.00


Submit one story up to 4000 words. Manuscripts should be single-spaced. Literary fiction only. 

$5.00

Submit micro-fiction (up to 700 words). Manuscripts should be single-spaced. 

  Submit micro nonfiction or short essays (up to 700 words). Manuscripts should be single-spaced. 


Submit creative nonfiction) up to 3000 words. Manuscripts should be single-spaced

(Craft essays submissions should be emailed directly to editor Lisa Romeo. More information here.)

You may pay a voluntary submission fee to expedite our reading of your manuscript. Payment does not increase your chances for acceptance, but it does go a long way to help us sustain our quarterly magazine filled with thwackingly fine cutting-edge fiction, poetry, essays, and artwork.

$25 receive an expedited reading with a guaranteed response (accept or decline) within two weeks.


Submit stories up to 4000 words. Manuscripts should be single-spaced




You may pay a voluntary submission fee to expedite our reading of your manuscript. Payment does not increase your chances for acceptance, but it does go a long way to help us sustain our quarterly magazine filled with thwackingly fine cutting-edge fiction, poetry, essays, and artwork.

$25 submissions will receive an expedited reading with a guaranteed response (accept or decline) within two weeks (generally faster and often in less than one week.) 


Submit micro-fiction or short essays (up to 900 words). Manuscripts should be single-spaced. 


You may pay a voluntary submission fee to expedite our reading of your manuscript. Payment does not increase your chances for acceptance, but it does go a long way to help us sustain our quarterly magazine filled with thwackingly fine cutting-edge fiction, poetry, essays, and artwork.

$25 submissions will receive an expedited reading with a guaranteed response (accept or decline) within two weeks (generally faster and often in less than one week.) 

Submit creative nonfiction) up to 3000 words. Manuscripts should be single-spaced.

You may pay a voluntary submission fee to expedite our reading of your manuscript. Payment does not increase your chances for acceptance, but it does go a long way to help us sustain our quarterly magazine filled with thwackingly fine cutting-edge fiction, poetry, essays, and artwork.

Paid expedited  submissions will receive an expedited reading with a guaranteed response (accept or decline) within two weeks (generally faster and often in less than one week.) 

Submit up to 5 poems in a single document. If you need to withdraw one or more poems in the batch:

1. Log into your Submittable account and go to your Submissions tab.

2. Click on the Activity tab. 

3. In the text box tell us which poem(s) you are withdrawing.

$10.00 submissions will receive a response within two weeks. 

Do you love to read contemporary fiction? Poetry? Essays? Are you a literary tastemaker? Cleaver needs readers and editors whose sensibilities click with our own to help us thwack! through our growing submissions pile and to copyedit and proofread the pieces we accept. 


Editorial interns read and vote on submissions, help us proofread the issue before it goes live, and write at least one book review. Time commitment: 6-10 hours/week (or more if you would like.) We can work with your college or university to provide academic credit for a semester-long internship at Cleaver. 


We consider editorial internship applications on a rolling basis. Fall internships run September–December, spring internships February–May, and summer internships May–August. If you have not yet received a response to your application, it is under consideration for the upcoming term.


If you are past the "intern" stage and would like to be considered for our editorial staff, use the editorial internship application, but let us know in your cover letter that you are applying to be part of our regular staff.


Here's how to apply:

  • Upload your resume and a creative writing sample in the main genre you'd like to work with. Let us know other relevant skills including your familiarity with web platforms, and other tools. (Don't worry, technical savvy is not a prerequisite, but if you have it, we're thrilled to know.)
  • Write a cover letter telling us about yourself and why you'd like to be on the Cleaver team. Be sure to explain which genres you're comfortable evaluating and editing.


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