About Kelp Journal
Kelp Journal (KJ) publishes issues twice a year, once in the summer—the Summer Issue—and once in the winter—the Winter Issue. For each KJ issue there is an open and closed submission period. Kelp Books (KB) 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 highschool anthology. Both KJ and KB 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 blog, The Daily 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 don't have a particular aesthetic except that we typically like to read work that has clearly been fussed over. Work that has seen beta readers, and curated on a sentence level. Hard work shows and prevails.
KJ submission guidelines:
Kelp Original Fiction
We accept all kinds of fiction, generally in lengths of under 6,000 words. Oceanic and surf themes are given extra attention.
Kelp Original 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.
Non-Fiction & Wanderlust
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. A short film would be considered too.
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.
Photography & Visual Art
Are you a talented photographer? We would like to showcase your work. Send us 15-20 of your best surf/adventure shots, previously unpublished, and we'll take a look. We're also looking for artists and (very) short outdoor, adventure, and coastal themed films and artwork.
The Daily Wave
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 of recent releases; 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.
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
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.
KB submission guidelines:
Please read Kelp Books guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not follow Kelp Books guidelines will receive an automatic decline. Guidelines:. Please upload a Word Doc, or PDF with your query letter, synopsis, and only the first ten pages of the manuscript. If we are interested we will reach out.