Submissions Call – Protean Issue 4

UPDATE: Submissions for print are now closed. Thanks to all who have submitted!

To our readers and future writers:

We’re happy to announce that production is underway on Protean’s fourth print edition. As such, we are, once again, clamoring for your content. The 2022 print submissions period is now open, and it will remain so until Friday, May 27th

This time around, in the interest of broadening the scope of the issue and opening up more possibilities, we’re foregoing a strict theme for our submissions call. Just send us your most compelling ideas and creations! Writers of color and other marginalized voices are especially encouraged to submit.

A few things to note:

♦ Rates (listed below) are higher for print. Otherwise, all existing submissions guidelines apply.

♦  Please append “PRINT:” to your email subject line to receive specific consideration for print. Submit work to the appropriate inbox, as outlined below.

♦ For non-fiction articles, pitches and drafts are both acceptable.

♦ If sending an article draft, fiction draft, or poem(s), please attach it to your pitch email in .doc format.

♦ We are not presently soliciting reviews or interviews for the print edition—only criticism and essays.

♦ Online submissions are also open. Entries that we don’t feel are right for print will be secondarily considered for web publication.


Criticism & Essays

♦ We want to read pitches with incisive critiques of injustice, compelling stories of historical and cultural radicalism, and personal essays with lyrical prose and political consciousness.

Print Base Rate: $350
Word Count: 1,700 to 4,500
Inbox: submissions[at]


♦ Send us your most affecting and inventive radical poems.

Print Base Rate: $50 per poem
Poem Limit: Up to five, all in one separate, attached document (.doc).
Inbox: poetry[at]


♦ Submit thoughtful fiction that examines our modes of living—or envisions alternatives.

Print Base Rate: $200
Word Count: 1,000 to 3,000
Inbox: fiction[at]

Art & Illustration

♦ Visual artists, send us a link to your online portfolio. We’ll consider licensing work or commissioning an original piece to illustrate our online publications and/or print issues.

Print Base Rate: Varies
Inbox: illustration[at]


We look forward to reading your ideas! For all inquiries, please reach out to editorial[at]

The Protean Team

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