NOTE: Beginning in June 2017, Viewfinder will now be going to monthly contributors instead of weekly.
Okay. This is the fun stuff here. Please read carefully.
The kind of work we want at Viewfinder should be like life: raw, honest, brutal, knee-to-the-face and most of all, truthful. We want realism. For us, this is what stories are. Of course, it's fine to read stories that give us heroic escapism and wild adventure and crazy tomfoolery. But that's just not how we want it here. Short, sweet, dark. Make every word count. Grab us in the beginning and don't let go.
The types of work we want: fiction, non-fiction, flash fiction, and poetry. Please, none of the following: any sort of theatre piece such as a play or a one-act, science fiction, fantasy, children's stories, fan-fiction, supernatural horror and hardcore erotica. It's not that we don't like any of those genres. We just feel that we're not the best market to publish them. We hope you understand.
We are also not interested in book reviews. We do however, accept reprints of stories and poems (AS LONG AS PROPER CREDIT IS GIVEN TO THE PREVIOUS MAGAZINE/PUBLICATION. We don't want to step on any toes.)
FICTION GUIDELINES: Anywhere between 1,500 and 5,000 words. Send up to three stories at a time in one document.
NON-FICTION GUIDELINES: Anywhere between 1,500 and 5,000 words. Send up to three pieces at a time in one document.
FLASH FICTION GUIDELINES: We're going to consider flash fiction to be anywhere between 250 and 1,499. Because they're obviously going to be much shorter, send up to five pieces at a time in one document.
POETRY GUIDELINES: Our only requirements is that you send it. We don't care about rhyme, meter, stanza order. This isn't poetry class. Send up to ten at a time in one document, and please make sure to page break when a new poem starts so we don't lose track.
OTHER RANDOM GUIDELINES: 12 pt font, a readable font, correctly formatted. If any of what you send is a simultaneous submission, please let us know. If it is accepted elsewhere, please let us know immediately.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE: You do NOT have to include any author contact information on your actual submission. We don't need to know your address or phone number. A lot of publications claim this is industry standard, but we're calling bullshit on it. Just the title of the work. That's what we care about. We will NOT exclude you if you do already have that information on there, but really - there's no need to know for us where you live or what your number is. Your story is what we're judging, not your zip code.
Send your work as either a .doc, .docx, or a .gdoc file (we're Chromebook friendly!) with your last name and the type of work you're submitting in the subject line. Please send attachments. No copying and pasting in the body of the e-mail because that tends to muck up formatting. Send us a brief bio too somewhere in the email - we want to know about you! Keep it to about fifty words. Also, please, let us know how you found out about us! We're curious to see how you heard about us.
When you got that all ready to go, please send it along to email@example.com. We will do our absolute best to get back to you in a month. Some websites like to offer personal feedback on a submission, but unfortunately, we will not be able to do so, just based on the amount of submissions we get.
PLEASE WAIT 90 DAYS before submitting again if not accepted. PLEASE WAIT 90 DAYS to submit again if previously accepted. A failure to adhere to these two specific, quite clear guidelines will result in your submission being UNREAD and DELETED.