Potential submitters may find the following resources helpful: our Submission Tips for New Writers, our Poets & Writers listing, our Duotrope listing and subsequent interview, our interview at LitBridge, as well as our editorials on titles, etiquette, and syntax. Conte is also on Facebook.
The reading period for Conte 9.2, our Winter 2013/2014 issue, is now closed.
You can check the status of a pending submission here.
The dates for our next reading period will be announced in mid-2014.
Conte publishes narrative writing of the highest quality on a biannual basis. Writing that displays some degree of familiarity with our journal is likely to attract our attention, so make sure your work has a narrative bent.
In the interest of keeping Conte as fresh and relevant as possible, we will decline to consider previously published work as well as links to blogs and personal websites.
We gladly accept simultaneous submissions, however, provided that you state clearly in your cover letter that your work is under consideration elsewhere. In the event that a work of fiction or nonfiction is accepted by another journal, simply proceed by withdrawing your submission; for poetry withdrawals, please use the "note" feature in Submittable to inform us.
Feel free to mention previous publications in your cover letter (though an enumerated list of credits is not necessary), and to share how you heard about Conte. We read in the fall and spring of each year, and do our best to respond within 3-4 months. Do not query us regarding the status of your work until four months have passed. Poetry queries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org, whereas questions regarding fiction and nonfiction submissions can be sent to email@example.com.
Finally, please submit only once per reading period and no more than twice a year. We reserve the right to notify writers who are in violation of this policy and request that they re-submit when the appropriate amount of time has passed. We also ask that former contributors wait at least one year (or two issues) before submitting again for our consideration.
We discard all postal submissions unread, and as of September 2011, we also discard all email submissions unread now that we are proud users of Submittable.
Poetry: Submit up to three poems, each of 100 lines or less. A strong sense of voice, the poetic line, and the aural qualities of language are the easiest ways to grab our attention.
Prose: Submit one piece up to 8,000 words in length. Please query us with an excerpt before submitting longer pieces. We publish short stories, chapter-length excerpts from novels and novel manuscripts, and pieces of creative nonfiction. We do not consider academic essays or book reviews, but are open to travel writing, memoirs, and engaging journalism.
All authors published by Conte retain full and complete control over their works; we assert only the right to keep a copy of your published piece indefinitely within our issue archives. Although we make no claim other than the above, having a piece appear in Conte (or any online journal) will likely be viewed as a "first use" or relinquishing of "first electronic rights" by other publications, both print-based and online.