We seek to publish the very best new fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, artwork and photography by emerging writers and artists. All entries are given full consideration. We suggest you first familiarize yourself with Cardinal Sins before you submit. You can find a convenient copy around the SVSU campus or can request one at cardinalsins@svsu.edu. Online samples are also available on our website.

Only previously unpublished work will be considered. We do accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please read the following submission guidelines carefully.

Cardinal Sins accepts submissions year-round. Our reading period, however, is only August through October for the Fall edition and January through March for the Winter edition. This means that if you send us a submission during the summer months, it won't be considered until August at the earliest.

  For GENERAL SUBMISSIONS, we require you to submit only your name, email address, and phone number.

  ***Note that it is free to enter the Cardinal Sins contest.

 

  ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 

  All submissions must: 

  •   be submitted through cardinalsins.submittable.com.
  •   include multiple submissions for a single category in one document.
  •   not contain any contact information within the attached document.

  Text submissions should: 

  •   be in 12-pt. Times New Roman font, single spaced, with 1" margins.
  •   include the title at the top of the piece.
  •   be attached in .rtf or .doc format.
  •   Poetry should be no longer than 70 lines.
  •   Flash fiction should be no longer than 1,000 words.
  •   Fiction and creative nonfiction should be no longer than 3,750 words.

  Artwork/Photography submissions should: 

  •   be 300 dpi or greater and have high contrast and sharp definition.
  •   be attached in either .gif or .jpeg format.
  • be saved as their title.
  •   Note that photos that have been manipulated with a computer program should be submitted as artwork, not photography.

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  MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ENTRIES 

  •   Submit up to 3 poems, 3 flash fiction pieces, 2 pieces of fiction, and 2 pieces of nonfiction.
  •   Submit up to 5 artwork and photography pieces in each category.
  •   You may submit to as many categories as you like as long as you do not exceed the limit for each category.

 

  PRIZES AND JUDGING 

  Prizes will be awarded in each of the 8 categories we publish: poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, black & white photography, color photography, black & white artwork, and color artwork.

  Staff reserves the right to not award a particular category if the staff decides that there isn’t a submission worthy of the award.

Winners will be recognized within the publication. If the winner is an SVSU student, faculty member, or alum, they will also receive $100. All submissions will be entered into their respective category's contest unless otherwise requested.

  Judging is done through blind, anonymous voting by the editorial staff. Members of the editorial staff are permitted to submit entries for publication but are excluded from winning money in any category.

  By submitting to Cardinal Sins you affirm that the work attached is solely your own. You agree to abide by Cardinal Sins’s requirements governing submissions.  If your work is accepted for publication, Cardinal Sins has the right to publish and distribute your work, both in print and on the Cardinal Sins website. 

  You will retain all subsequent rights to you work.

 

  General Submission Deadline: February 4th, 2020

  WE ARE CURRENTLY OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR OUR WINTER 2020 ISSUE

  -We welcome submissions year round, but general category entries submitted after the deadline will be considered for our Fall 2020 issue.


 

 

 

  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the Editors-in-Chief Rita Collins and Hannah Somalski at cardinalsins@svsu.edu.


Poetry Submissions for the regularly scheduled Winter edition of Cardinal Sins.

Size limit: Each piece should be no longer than 70 lines.

You may submit up to three poems at one time.

All documents must be submitted as .doc or .rtf attachments (not .docx).

Flash Fiction Submissions for the regularly scheduled Winter edition of Cardinal Sins.

Size limit: Each piece should be no longer than 1,000 words.

You may submit up to three pieces of prose at one time.

All documents must be submitted as .doc or .rtf attachments (not .docx).

Fiction Submissions for the regularly scheduled Winter edition of Cardinal Sins.

Size limit: Each piece should be no longer than 3,750 words.

You may submit up to two pieces of prose at one time.

All documents must be submitted as .doc or .rtf attachments (not .docx).

Nonfiction Submissions for the regularly scheduled Winter edition of Cardinal Sins.

Size limit: Each piece should be no longer than 3,750 words.

You may submit up to two pieces of prose at one time.

All documents must be submitted as .doc or .rtf attachments (not .docx).


B&W Artwork Submissions for the regularly scheduled Winter edition of Cardinal Sins.

Submissions must be 300 dpi or greater and have high contrast and sharp definition.

You may submit up to five B&W artworks per issue.

All submissions must be attached in either .gif or .jpeg format.

Color Artwork Submissions for the regularly scheduled Winter edition of Cardinal Sins.

Submissions must be 300 dpi or greater and have high contrast and sharp definition.

You can submit up to five color artworks per issue.

All submissions must be attached in either .gif or .jpeg format.

B&W Photography Submissions for the regularly scheduled Winter edition of Cardinal Sins.

Submissions must be 300 dpi or greater and have high contrast and sharp definition.

You can submit up to five B&W photos per issue.

All submissions must be attached in either .gif or .jpeg format.

***Photos that have been manipulated with a computer program should be submitted as artwork, not photography.

Color Photography Submissions for the regularly scheduled Fall edition of Cardinal Sins.

Submissions must be 300 dpi or greater and have high contrast and sharp definition.

You can submit up to five color photos per issue.

All submissions must be attached in either .gif or .jpeg format.

***Photos that have been manipulated with a computer program should be submitted as artwork, not photography.

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