About Kelp Journal
Kelp Journal publishes issues twice a year—once in the summer and once in the winter. For each Kelp Journal issue there is an open and closed submission period. Kelp Books has ongoing open submissions for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry manuscripts, but an open and closed submissions period for the poetry chapbook competition, surf noir anthology, and the Salinas agricultural community high school anthology. Kelp Journal and Kelp Books both use Submittable to receive submissions.
More about Kelp Journal
We’re looking to publish short stories and other media in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, travel, photography, true horror, and art and film for our Summer and Winter issues and our ongoing multimedia blog, The Wave. A sense of place is important to us, and while no place is excluded from our appetite, we strongly prefer coastal themes, West Coast locales, surfing, and works that embody travel and adventure. We are not particular in terms of style and aesthetics; however, in order to reach our future goals we are looking for quality work that befits a top tier publication.
Kelp Journal submission guidelines:
When submitting, please name your submission file with your last name, title of work, and section.
Ex: Olsen_Surf’s Up_Non-Fiction
Ex: Santana_Pirate Ghosts_True Horror
Ex: Larks_Birds of Paradise_Photography
Kelp Journal Fiction
We accept all kinds of fiction, generally in lengths of under 6,000 words. Oceanic and surf themes are given extra attention.
Kelp Journal Poetry
We also publish poems long and short. Send us 3-5 of your best poems for consideration. Again, coastal, travel, and adventure themes are preferred, however, all will be considered.
Kelp Journal Non-Fiction
We consider essays of all types, generally in lengths of under 6,000 words, with extra emphasis on oceanic and surf themes. For Wanderlust, we are looking for unique takes on global travel, like a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that blew your mind, or a strange experience abroad. We prefer a multi-media experience on this column—so if you have strong photographic accompaniment, that would be preferred.
Kelp Journal True Horror
We are seeking true horror stories told from the first person. We want your personal stories of terrifying and supernatural happenings. These honest accounts of ghosts, monsters, aliens, other-worldly beings, or paranormal experiences should challenge our beliefs in what is real. One thousand to 5,000 words preferred.
Kelp Journal Photography
We accept 15 to 20 previously unpublished photographs revolving around the themes of place and travel. Oceanic and surf themes are given extra attention but are not required. All photos are to be of high quality requiring very little to no touch ups, cropping, or other photo editing techniques.
A delightful mixture of all our sections, we are looking for flash and micro fiction in any genre; short essays on any topic, including spooky encounters; book reviews; poetry, with a focus on emerging poets; and photography and art. As always, coastal, travel, and adventure themes are preferred; however, all will be considered.
Please note that submissions that do not follow Kelp Journal guidelines will receive an automatic decline.
More about Kelp Books
We're looking for submissions of literary, crime, thriller, mystery, and horror manuscripts. A sense of place is important to us, and while no place is excluded from our appetite, we strongly prefer coastal themes, West Coast locales, surfing, and works that embody travel and adventure. We will consider novel-length (70,000-120,000 word) manuscripts. We also consider short story collections, poetry, and non-fiction. No agent is required in order to submit.
Kelp Books submission guidelines:
Submissions must be in Word or PDF files. All submissions must include a query letter and synopsis. Kelp Books will only consider the first ten pages of any manuscript. Any submission more than the first ten pages will be automatically rejected. No simultaneous submissions will be considered. No previous submissions will be considered, even if they have been revised, unless specifically requested by the editor-in-chief.
Please read Kelp Books guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not follow Kelp Books guidelines will receive an automatic decline.