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Monday, November 13, 2023

Clockhouse seeks submissions of short plays


Deadline: December 15, 2023 at 11:59 PM


A national literary journal published by Clockhouse Writers’ Conference in partnership with Goddard College

CLOCKHOUSE Submissions

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Clockhouse accepts works of poetry, fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and dramatic works for stage or screen. We encourage submissions from both established and emerging writers. (Current students of Goddard College are ineligible to submit to Clockhouse, but we look forward to reading your work after you graduate.)

Before submitting, please read the guidelines below - the Submit button is at the very bottom of this page.


All submissions must:

Be original, unpublished work written by the author or, if you are submitting artwork for cover consideration, original artwork created by the artist.

Please follow the industry-standard formatting guidelines appropriate for the genre as well as the applicable guidelines below:


Flash Fiction, 750 words or less.

Short stories and self-contained novel excerpts, 751 - 3,500 words. (Genre fiction will be considered only if it sustains literary merit.)

Poetry: All poetry in traditional and experimental styles including prose poetry (Up to 250 lines of poetry, total. Only one poem per submission. Poets may submit up to three times per reading period.)

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction: All memoir and creative nonfiction in traditional and experimental literary styles. No academic or scientific essays (Up to 5,000 words)

Dramatic Work for Stage or Screen: Dramatic Work for Stage or Screen: Short plays and screenplays in traditional and experimental styles. Standalone work only and no monologues. Submitted work should be written with the audience in mind. (up to 12 pages)


Please also:

Include a short bio of approximately 100 words or less

Include a brief artist statement: a few sentences about your work as an artist (i.e., not a “pitch” for this submission, but rather a statement about what you’re interested in writing about now, what drives your writing, or how your writing is reflecting or influencing the world at large, etc.)

Note that:

Work may be submitted only through our online submission manager (see link at bottom of page, which will be live only during our submissions period).

No email submissions will be accepted, and submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be discarded unread.  


The submission period for the Summer 2024 volume will be open September 1 through December 15, 2023.

Responses to submissions

Please expect to wait up to four months after the close of our submissions period for a reply. After that time, if you have not yet received a reply, please check on the status of your submission by sending an e-mail to clockhouseeditorialdirector@gmail.com.  Indicate the title of your piece, the genre, and the original date of submission.

Upon acceptance

By accepting any offer of publication by Clockhouse, the author will grant the magazine first serial rights. Upon publication, rights to the work revert back to the author. The author retains all other rights to the work. Any subsequent publication will note that the work was first published in Clockhouse. Payment for publication in Clockhouse is one contributor’s copy in which the work appears. As appropriate, we may also choose to nominate published work for awards or other recognition.


Planning to submit and have questions about Clockhouse?  Please send them to clockhouseeditorialdirector@gmail.com. Submissions themselves are not accepted at this address.

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