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Special Feature Call for Work: F*ck 2020

Pine Hills Review is having its second themed feature, which will be edited by the students in English 254: Online Journal Editing & Publishing at The College of Saint Rose.

We’re looking for poems, short stories, essays, hybrid work, and art inspired by F*ck 2020—work created in reaction to, or as a result of coping with, the many effects and after-effects of 2020, the dumpster fire year that just won’t burn out. This includes but is not limited to the following: politics, the presidential election, you-know-who; the environment, the fires in California and Australia, global warming; Black Lives Matter; COVID-19, illness, loss, and how the pandemic has affected our lives; economic anxiety, businesses, jobs; remote learning, parenting, intimacy.

All tones and styles welcome. We especially encourage female and nonbinary writers, as well as BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ writers, to submit their work.

Send your work to pinehillsreview@gmail.com, subject “2020 submission [name].” Please see full submissions guidelines at pinehillsreview.com/submit.

Deadline: March 16, 2021
Feature will be published April 20, 2021

Submission Guidelines

Our regular reading period is September 1–April 30. Submissions sent to us not during that time will not be considered and be deleted.

Pine Hills Review seeks submissions of previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. We are interested in quality work, no matter the genre, form, or style. Hybrid and experimental works are encouraged.

We publish unpublished work. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication. We publish work as features on our front page, usually on Wednesday afternoons. The work lives on in our archives page thereafter. If an author’s work later appears in a collection or anthology, we ask that you include us in the acknowledgements because it’s the cool thing to do. We do not offer payment for work.

We encourage female and nonbinary writers, as well as BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ writers, to submit their work.

To learn more about Pine Hills Review and our submissions process, read our entries in Duotrope, Poets & Writers, and CLMP directories, and our interviews for Trish Hopkinson’s website and Six Questions For…with Jim Harrington,

Send all work and a cover letter with contact information and a third-person bio, attached in a single Word file. The reason we ask that you do this is it helps when we are download submissions and consider them at our meetings.

Poetry submissions should include no more than six poems total; combine all poems into one document as a single submission. 

Nonfiction and fiction submissions should be no more than 3,000 words.

Hybrid or cross-genre work or visual work or excerpts from larger projects should be no more than 3,000 words. If there are visual elements or are sending visual work, attach as jpeg in your email or paste it into your Word file.

Specify “[genre name] submission [name]” for both email subject and name of the Word attachment. Submissions without this language will not be read.

Send work to pinehillsreview@gmail.com

Call for art

Pine Hills Review would love to include your visual art to feature alongside our writing features. Writers’ art encouraged!

Send 3-5 pieces as attachments. Include titles, your name, link you would like to include in the credit line with your name, subject “art sub.”

Call For BIPOC Writers

As acts of police brutality and anti-Black racism  continue to come to light, we recognize that every institution plays a part in creating an anti-racist society. Pine Hills Review condemns and opposes all forms of racism and recognizes the barriers to publication for BIPOC writers. We believe writing has the power to change our thinking and change the world; we endeavor to decolonize the literary canon and stand in solidarity with those working towards an end to systemic racism.

This is why we keep our submissions—to BIPOC writers exclusively—outside our regular reading period. BIPOC are more than welcome to submit their work during our regular reading period as well, as we push to promote quality BIPOC work.

Solidarity is more than a one-off action. It is continually creating spaces for BIPOC to have their voices heard.

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