Miracle Monocle is currently closed for regular submissions.

In the fall, we read for the Miracle Monocle Award for Ambitious Student Writers and the Miracle Monocle Award for Innovative Writing. All entries to the competition are considered for publication in the journal. 

Miracle Monocle publishes the results of the annual Calvino Prize, an award recognizing outstanding fiction in the fabulist mode, in its Spring issues. This award is facilitated by the University of Louisville and comes with a $2000 cash prize and other honors. To enter to win this competition, please follow the submission guidelines published here.

Miracle Monocle does accept simultaneous submissions, but we request that submissions accepted elsewhere are withdrawn as soon as possible. We will make every effort to respond quickly and respectfully to your work. If you suspect we have overlooked or misplaced your submission, please contact us here: . Please review our archives before submitting.

The staff of Miracle Monocle is currently in the design and production stages of new anthology series, The View Through The Monocle. This initiative will feature innovative literary and visual art that operates around a single organizing principle. For our first volume, we will be featuring contributors who identify as rural and queer. Our hope is to offer a platform to this underserved community and to illuminate underexplored territories for our readers. The anthology will be published in conjunction with a future issue of Miracle Monocle and will represent a new initiative to support student-driven publishing innovation.






We humbly request that you send us work that enlivens us. Remind us why we love to read; remind us why the rules that govern the page sometimes invite revision. Send us work that brings us the news of the world, work that challenges us to reassess our expectations; send us forms old and new, fresh collaborations, re-invigorations of the word. Our issues tend to be big and eclectic. We draw at least half (and usually more than half) of our selections from our pool of unsolicited submissions. We publish only previously unpublished work.

· For fiction, please submit one piece of 1,000-10,000 words. We accommodate traditional realism and experiment alike. On occasion, we will publish an excerpt of a longer work, but those occasions are exceedingly rare.

· For poetry, please submit no more than three pieces. We like unique voices that encourage us to reevaluate ourselves and the world around us--poetry that makes the familiar seem unfamiliar. We appreciate work that takes risks and offers unexpected surprises; we also appreciate formal rigor.

· For creative nonfiction, please submit one piece of 5,000 words or less. We're looking for personal narrative, topical investigations, and lyrical essays. If your work does not fit snugly into these categories, let your prose persuade us that its the exception to the rules. 

· For the experimental and not-easily-defined, please submit no more than 3 pieces. We’re interested in flash, microfictions, nano fictions, and the like. We’re also fans of hybrid and collaborative work. In other words, we like to play host to writers who straddle the lines between genres. Length is negotiable, though flash tends to turn into something else when it exceeds 1500 words. Send your genre Frankensteins our way; they’ll find a safe home here.

· For two-dimensional art or photography, please submit no more than 3 pieces. We are especially fond of work that incorporates text, but this is more of a preference than a demand. We are open to a wide range of approaches, but tend to favor uniqueness and oddity over a strict fidelity to realistic representation. Images should be at least 300 dpi, submitted in JPG or TIFF format. RGB or CMYK please.

For questions regarding guidelines that have not been answered here, send a query to .

The Miracle Monocle staff office is located on the University of Louisville’s Belknap campus. We are happy to peruse review copies mailed to this address: 

Miracle Monocle
University of Louisville 
414 Stevenson Hall
101 E. Centennial Walk
Louisville, KY 40208


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