Please keep in mind that Beatdom is a Beat Generation-themed literary journal. We publish short stories and poetry, but mostly we’re looking for essays about the Beats. These essays should be interesting and take a different slant on the Beat Generation. There are hundreds of books and essays out there that cover these subjects, so we want something new.
There is no word limit for essays. Please make sure your essay is readable – that means long enough to go where you want, but short enough that you won’t bore your reader. Between 2,000 and 5,000 words is optimal.
Essays should be sent as a .doc Word file. Please keep the text single-spaced and do not add two spaces between a period and the start of the next sentence. Copy should be clean, with footnotes standardized.
Essays stand a better chance of being accepted if they relate to the theme of the current issue. Issue seven, for example was a music-themed issue and all but a handful of the essays were directly related to both music and the Beat Generation. Issue nine was about drugs, issue ten was about religion, eleven focused on nature, twelve was the crime issue, and thirteen was about drinking.
B14 – At the Movies
B15 – War
You should receive a reply to your submission within a few days.
We usually print one or two short stories per issue, and receive hundreds of submissions. Please don’t expect a prompt reply, and don’t resubmit after a few weeks.
Stories should relate to the stated theme of each issue and should not exceed 5,000 words.
We publish several poems per issue and receive hundreds of submissions. Please don’t expect a prompt reply, and don’t resubmit after a few weeks.
Poems should ideally fit the theme of the issue, or display some sort of connection to the Beat Generation.