Submissions

You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.

– Oscar Wilde –

All the sins welcomes written, visual and digital art that is of an excellent quality and tells a good story. Below, we’ve given you our general submissions requirements, but if you have something that doesn’t quite fit any of our categories, please query us! We have a theme each issue, but we’re always interested in good work, regardless of theme. We’re looking for storytelling that sins, so break the rules in all the right ways.

Please send your submissions to: allthesinssubmissions@gmail.com

Check here for the current call and submission date.

The following goes for all submissions, regardless of form:

  • Send us your best. This means: draft, edit, proofread, crop, sketch, polish – whatever it takes to make sure your work is ready before you hit ‘send’.
  • The subject line of your email should read: SUBMISSION – author’s last name – form of submission (e.g. ‘SUBMISSION – Smith – poetry’). If your submission is a combination of categories, let us know that (e.g. ‘SUBMISSION – Smith – essay photograph’).
  • Written submissions should be submitted in Microsoft Word. Visual submissions should be in jpeg, high resolution.
  • Work should not already have been published, either online or in print. You must hold full rights to any submissions. We will take first publishing rights. We also reserve the right to use excerpts in web and social media for publicity purposes. Future republications should include a note of our first publication.
  • Include an artist bio of 70 words max, including any links.
  • If your art (written, visual or other) is in response to any of the other art on our site, please let us know so that we can link them!
  • We have a blind submission proces so please don’t put your name on the document.

Poetry – Maximum 40 lines. Max: 4 poems

Short fiction – We accept stories up to 2,000 words, but we love flash fiction, too. All genres welcome. Max: 1 story

  • All submissions must be double spaced, in 12-point font and formatted correctly.
  • We have a blind submission process so please don’t put your name on the document.

Nonfiction – We consider all types of writing, from memoir to personal essays up to 2,000 words. Max: 1 story/essay

  • All submissions must be double spaced, in 12-point font and formatted correctly.
  • We have a blind submission process so please don’t put your name on the document.

Features: Got something to say about a piece of art you’ve seen, or how someone else’s work has affected yours? Perhaps you have a unique view on why everyone’s so exercised about a black Hermione. Whatever it is, we’re interested in hearing your artistic feature ideas. There are two ways you can get involved:

  • Quarterly essay: these are 1,000-2,000 word features that offer other contributors an insight into our latest submission theme.
    • Please don’t submit written work – editors like to work with journalists to discuss angles first – but send us a short (no more than 300 words) pitch telling us your idea and why you’d be perfect to write it, along with one example of your writing (preferably a feature).
    • Take a look at our current essay on dislocation to get a feel for our style and tone.
  • Short features: these are 500-1,000 word features that we publish twice a month in between our quarterly publication dates.
    • Please don’t submit written work – editors like to work with journalists to discuss angles first – but send us a short (no more than 300 words) pitch telling us your idea and why you’d be perfect to write it, along with one example of your writing (preferably a feature).
    • Make sure your idea is arts-related: it’s a broad theme but use it wisely – no amount of wine is going to convince us that Donald Trump’s hairpiece is art.
    • Take a look at our latest short features to get a feel for our style and tone.

Visual arts – Max: 4 images

Other – Do you have a poemphoto? A true story told through found objects? Something that will knock our socks off with its creativity and uniqueness? Audio, video and all digital-friendly submissions welcome!

We run our site on love and wine, so while we try to respond as quickly as possible, please be patient. We aim to respond to all submissions within three months (our features section runs on a more frequent basis), but it may take longer, especially if your work is being considered for final publication. If you haven’t heard from us four months after the submission deadline, you can query your submission via email.

Unfortunately, we are unable to pay contributors at this time, but we really, really want to. We’re writers, too, and we believe in paying artists, so it’s part of our long-term plan. You can help us get there by submitting amazing work, sharing all the sins with friends and colleagues and supporting us on our Patreon page.