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Quarter After Eight - A Journal of Innovative Writing

Quarter After Eight

Quarter After Eight is an annual literary journal devoted to the exploration of innovative writing. We celebrate work that directly challenges the conventions of language, style, voice, or idea in literary forms.

General Guidelines:

Our reading period runs from October 15 until April 15. Please submit only one story or essay, or up to three flash prose pieces, or up to four poems at a time. Multiple submissions will not be considered.

We do accept simultaneous submissions. In the event that a piece is accepted for publication elsewhere, please either withdraw the entire submission via Submittable or use the "Messages" function in Submittable to indicate which piece(s) you need to withdraw.

Only previously unpublished work will be considered for inclusion in the journal.

Response time varies, but we will do our best to respond to submissions within 6 months. If you have not heard from us after 6 months, you may send inquiries to our email address.
Should your piece be selected for publication, Quarter After Eight hereby claims first North American serial publication rights (for the print edition) and first  electronic media publication rights (for publication on the journal’s website). All rights revert to you, the author, upon publication. You will receive one copy of our print edition.

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The publication of this journal is made possible in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

The editors also wish to thank the following people and institutions: Robert DeMott, Barbara Grueser, Nancy Vandeman, Connie Pollard, and Dinty W. Moore. Special thanks to the Creative Writing Program and English Department at Ohio University for their extraordinary support in recent years.