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KELP SUBMISSIONS

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. The Wave (Kelp Journal's bi-weekly blog) publishes year-round except for a 30 day period surrounding the publication of the summer and winter issues of Kelp Journal. Kelp Journal and The Wave use Submittable to receive submissions. 

  • Kelp Journal summer issue submissions open February 15 & close May 15

  • Kelp Journal winter issue submissions open August 1 & close November 1

  • The Wave submissions are ongoing

SUBMITTING TO KELP JOURNAL

We are seeking previously unpublished fiction, non-fiction, and poetry for our Summer and Winter issues. We are not particular in terms of style and aesthetics; however, we are looking for quality work that befits a top tier publication.

 

Kelp Journal section submission guidelines:

When submitting, please name your submission file with your last name, title of work, and section.

Ex: Olsen_Surf’s Up_Fiction 

Ex: Santana_Pirate Ghosts_Poetry

Ex: Larks_Birds of Paradise_Nonfiction

 

Kelp Journal Fiction

We accept all kinds of previously unpublished fiction, generally in lengths of under 6,000 words. A sense of place is important to us, and while no place is excluded from our appetite, we strongly prefer coastal themes, cli-fi, West Coast locales, surfing, and works that embody travel and adventure; however, all themes will be considered.

Kelp Journal Poetry

We also seek previously unpublished poems long and short. Send us 3 to 5 of your best poems for consideration. Again, coastal, travel, adventure, nature, and ecological themes are preferred; however, all themes will be considered.

 

Kelp Journal Non-Fiction

We consider previously unpublished essays of all types, generally in lengths of under 6,000 words, with extra emphasis on oceanic and surf themes as well as nature, ecological, and conservationist themes. Unique takes on global travel, like a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that blew your mind, or a strange experience abroad interest us as well. 

***Please note that submissions that do not follow Kelp Journal guidelines will receive an automatic decline.***

SUBMITTING TO THE WAVE

A delightful mixture of all our sections, (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry) with the addition of photography, art, and film. As with the journal, we are not particular in terms of style and aesthetics; however, we are looking for quality work that befits a top tier publication. As always, coastal, travel, and adventure; nature, ecological, and conservationist themes are preferred; however, all will be considered. For The Wave specifically, we like to say that shorter is better. We are looking for previously unpublished:

  • micro, flash, and short fiction in any genre;

  • short essays on any topic;
  • book reviews (or pitches);
  • poetry, and
  • photography and art. 

 

When submitting, please name your submission file with your last name, title of work, and section.

Ex: Olsen_Surf’s Up_Fiction 

Ex: Santana_Pirate Ghosts_Poetry

Ex: Larks_Birds of Paradise_Nonfiction

SUBMITTING TO KELP BOOKS

 

***Kelp Books is now open for our next Surf Noir anthology and our Ocean Poetry Anthology. Please refer to Submittable refer for more information. ***

Kelp Books has open and closed submissions period for special projects such as the ocean poetry anthology, poetry chapbook competition, surf noir anthology, and the Salinas agricultural community high school anthology. Kelp Books uses Submittable to receive submissions.

 

Kelp Books publishes literary, noir, crime, thriller, and mystery 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.  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.

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