For its summer 2018 issue, MAYDAY Magazine invites submissions of fiction, poetry, essays, book and film reviews, interviews, works of translation, and visual art that address the theme of SPECULATION. We seek writing that provides insight into what is by contemplating what could be (or what could have been). How does imagining other worlds—other histories, other galaxies, other dimensions, other consciousnesses—teach us about who and what we are...or who we may be?

Submissions may speculate on the personal (loves lost, roads not taken, disasters avoided) and/or the political (possible histories, histories of the possible, events that didn’t happen, events that may happen in the future) and/or the cosmic (what could have been but isn’t, what should never be yet feels inevitable). Submissions need not fall into specific genres such as horror, sci-fi, or fantasy, though writing in these areas is welcome. Whatever the form or writing tradition, MAYDAY remains committed firstmost to literary quality: clear language, strong images, memorable characters, innovative structure, and deep human insight.

Deadline is May 15, 2018. Please see additional guidelines below.

We're also interested in publishing interviews with writers, poets, artists, scholars, designers, entrepreneurs, and others engaged with culture. Please query maydaysubmissions@gmail.com to pitch an interview.
Please type and double-space your submission. We prefer .doc files, but .docx, .rtf, and Open Office files are okay, too. Please do not upload .pdf files.

There's no minimum size, but we're most interested in fiction under 5,000 words. Please only send us one full-length submission at a time. You may send up to three flash fiction submissions, depending on length.
In addition to personal essays, we're also interested in critical work and cultural commentary, especially when framed by political issues.

Please type and double-space your submission. We prefer .doc files, but .docx, .rtf, and Open Office files are okay, too. Please do not upload .pdf files.

There's no minimum size, but we prefer submissions of fewer than 5,000 words. Please only send one submission at a time.
Please submit 3-5 poems in a single Word file. Poems may be 1-10 pages in length.

Please do not upload .pdf files.
The translator must have secured rights for the translations submitted, or the work must be in the public domain.

Please include both the original and the translated text in Word files. If the source text contains characters difficult for Word to present correctly, a PDF scan is fine.
Do not submit your work here--please send links to your work or graphic files to this address:

maydaysubmissions@gmail.com
Ends on June 1, 2018
We publish traditional book reviews (750-1250 words) for works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, scholarship, and translation published in the past three years. We also accept review essays (1500-5000 words) that place a book within a tradition, compare the book to others written by the author or other authors, or use the book to form another self-contained argument.
 
Please type and double-space your submission. Please do not upload .pdf files.

Please send only one submission at a time.