Thema submission guidelines and market information




Thema Submission Guidelines

Submission Address

See the submission guidelines for the contact for each type of submission. Emailed submissions are not accepted unless the author lives outside of the United States.

Box 8747
Metairie LA 70011-8747

Phone: (504)887-1263

Editor: Virginia Howard, editor

Submitting Your Work to Thema

Before submitting to Thema

The Market List recommends you verify the market is active and accepting submissions before sending your manuscript via regular mail. You may verify a market status by either visiting their website, calling their listed phone number, or confirming via regular mail that the market is still active before sending them your work.

To be sure your submission is appropriate for this market, we recommend you familiarize yourself with Thema by reading a sample issue before submitting.

If you have recently submitted to Thema or have experience with this market, please submit a comment below. Recent submission response times are always welcome and helpful to other writers.

From the Thema guidelines:

We do not accept e-mailed submissions EXCEPT from authors who live outside the U.S.

Short Stories: All types welcome―both traditional and experimental

What we like: a carefully constructed plot; good character delineation; clever plot twists

What we don't like: bedroom/bathroom profanity.  Why?

It's boring! Writers should be more creative than to depend on the same tired and dubious language crutches to express surprise, disdain, shock, bemusement, anger, sadness, and other emotions.

Such profanity, used in excess, often serves as a camouflage for a weak plot. If the plot is good, the story can be told much more effectively in nonscatologic language even though a character in the story may be sleazy.
Stories of lasting quality rarely need it.

Poetry: All types of poetic form welcome. Submit no more than three poems per theme, please. If more than three poems are submitted, we will read only the first three poems in the stack.

What we like: poems that are thoughtfully constructed and carefully distilled.

What we don't like: sexually explicit wording. Subtlety is more creative.

Submission Guidelines Details for Thema

Market Type: Magazine

Contact: Virginia Howard, editor

Accepts: Avant-garde, Free Verse

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Updated December 3, 2020