ABOUT US

Making Waves: a West Michigan Literary Review is a product of Ludington Writers, a diverse group of wordsmith enthusiasts and practitioners. Inspired by each other and the beauty of the lakeshore and landscapes around us, our mission is to engender creativity within our local community and beyond.

DEADLINE

Submissions will open from January 1st through April 30th for September print and electronic publication. We are open to both poetry, short prose (under 1,000 words in length), and visual art. Our response time is up to three months.

NOTE

We want to see original work that avoids the trappings of cliché and overly general sentimentality. Wow us with your unique perspective and lyrical voice. Be consistent with your point of view, tenses, rhythm and rhyme. And follow the submission guidelines.

DEADLINE

Submissions will open January 1st through April 30th for September print and electronic publication.

RESPONSE TIME

We aim to have a determination within three weeks of your date of submission. However, cover artwork will not be decided until after our submissions period closes.

THEME

The theme for the 2023 issue is “doorways.”

Submitters are free to interpret the theme however they wish. The theme is meant to be used as a creative prompt for the submitters and editors.

WHAT WE WANT

We want to see original work that avoids the trappings of cliché and generally sentimental language. Wow us with your unique perspective and lyrical voice. Be consistent with your point of view, tenses, rhythm, and rhyme. And remember to follow the submission guidelines.

While our focus continues to be on poetry, we also accept visual art and short pieces of prose.

REQUIREMENTS

Previously unpublished works only.

Simultaneous and multiple submissions are allowed. However, submitters must notify our editors immediately if their work is accepted by another publication.

All submissions should be made through Submittable.

We try to read our submissions blind, so do not include your contact information or bio in your attachment(s). Contact information and a short bio (80 words or fewer) must be included in the designated Submittable fields.

SUBMISSION FEES

There are no fees for visual art submissions

Poetry and prose submissions require a fee of $3 per attachment.

Each attachment may include up to two (2) pieces of either poetry, prose, or one (1) of each with a maximum of five (5) pages per attachment.

All submitters will receive a link to an electronic copy of Making Waves.

Submission fees help pay for our subscription to an electronic submissions manager. Any additional funds collected are used to fund scholarships, workshops, and other community events to promote creative writing.

RIGHTS

Submitters grant First Rights to publish to Making Waves. We may reprint accepted work on our website, LudingtonWriters.org. Otherwise, all rights revert to the author/artist upon publication.

FORMATTING

Poetry and prose must be .doc, .docx, or .pdf files.

All poetry or prose must use 12-point font type (unless a font change serves the intent of the piece) with one-inch margins.

Titles should be formatted in all caps unless the author has a different preference.

Our font preferences are Times New Roman, Helvetica, or Arial.

POETRY

We consider poetry of any style.

Each submission is limited to no more than two (2) pieces with a maximum of five (5) pages total.

Please keep in mind that space limitations allow for no more than 60 characters per line and 30 lines per page.

Poetry submissions should be print ready, that means single or double-spaced and aligned as required by the form chosen by the author.

PROSE

Each set of submissions is limited to no more than two (2) pieces of stand-alone fiction or non-fiction of 1,000 words or less.

Prose should be double spaced.

VISUAL ART

Submissions should be tiff, jpeg, or jpg files, at least 300 dpi, and may be of any medium as long as they evoke feelings and convey meaning.

Keep in mind that our layout is a 6x9 portrait page.

We are asking for no more than four (4) black and white submissions and no more than two (2) color images be submitted per person.

Black and white submissions must be pre-formatted for the page (do not submit color images for the black and white interior).

All accepted work is for the upcoming print publication and be featured on our website and used for publicity purposes.

FILE NAMES

Please make sure file names include your last name, the number of submissions, and the first word or two from the title(s) of your submission(s). For example, if the esteemed poet Jane Doe was submitting three poems titled, “CLICHÉ POEM IN BLUE,” “TROPEY MCTROPESTER,” and “alliterations @ afternoon altercations,” the file name might read, “Doe 3 Cliche Tropey alliteration.”

As always, please don’t start or end your filename with a space, period, hyphen or underline and avoid using special characters in your file names (!, &, @, #, $, %, \, {, etc.).

TIP JAR

With the help of writing and visual arts communities, Ludington Writers has been able to fund a $1,500 scholarship, $500 sponsorship, and two-day poetry retreat. If you would like to contribute to our community activities, consider using the tip jar at checkout.

DEADLINE

Submissions will open January 1st through April 30th for September print and electronic publication.

RESPONSE TIME

We aim to have a determination within three weeks of your date of submission. However, cover artwork will not be decided until after our submissions period closes.

THEME

The theme for the 2023 issue is “doorways.”

Submitters are free to interpret the theme however they wish. The theme is meant to be used as a creative prompt for the submitters and editors.

WHAT WE WANT

We want to see original work that avoids the trappings of cliché and generally sentimental language. Wow us with your unique perspective and lyrical voice. Be consistent with your point of view, tenses, rhythm, and rhyme. And remember to follow the submission guidelines.

While our focus continues to be on poetry, we also accept visual art and short pieces of prose.

REQUIREMENTS

Previously unpublished works only.

Simultaneous and multiple submissions are allowed. However, submitters must notify our editors immediately if their work is accepted by another publication.

All submissions should be made through Submittable.

We try to read our submissions blind, so do not include your contact information or bio in your attachment(s). Contact information and a short bio (80 words or fewer) must be included in the designated Submittable fields.

SUBMISSION FEES

There are no fees for visual art submissions

Poetry and prose submissions require a fee of $3 per attachment.

Each attachment may include up to two (2) pieces of either poetry, prose, or one (1) of each with a maximum of five (5) pages per attachment.

All submitters will receive a link to an electronic copy of Making Waves.

Submission fees help pay for our subscription to an electronic submissions manager. Any additional funds collected are used to fund scholarships, workshops, and other community events to promote creative writing.

RIGHTS

Submitters grant First Rights to publish to Making Waves. We may reprint accepted work on our website, LudingtonWriters.org. Otherwise, all rights revert to the author/artist upon publication.

VISUAL ART

Submissions should be tiff, jpeg, or jpg files, at least 300 dpi, and may be of any medium as long as they evoke feelings and convey meaning.

Keep in mind that our layout is a 6x9 portrait page.

We are asking for no more than four (4) black and white submissions and no more than two (2) color images be submitted per person.

Black and white submissions must be pre-formatted for the page (do not submit color images for the black and white interior).

All accepted work is for the upcoming print publication and be featured on our website and used for publicity purposes.

FILE NAMES

Please make sure file names include your last name, the number of submissions, and the first word or two from the title(s) of your submission(s). For example, if the esteemed poet Jane Doe was submitting three poems titled, “CLICHÉ POEM IN BLUE,” “TROPEY MCTROPESTER,” and “alliterations @ afternoon altercations,” the file name might read, “Doe 3 Cliche Tropey alliteration.”

As always, please don’t start or end your filename with a space, period, hyphen or underline and avoid using special characters in your file names (!, &, @, #, $, %, \, {, etc.).

TIP JAR

With the help of writing and visual arts communities, Ludington Writers has been able to fund a $1,500 scholarship, $500 sponsorship, and two-day poetry retreat. If you would like to contribute to our community activities, consider using the tip jar at checkout.

Making Waves: a West Michigan Review