Carmina Magazine accepts submissions year-round and is released twice a year in March and September.
We are looking for creative pieces inspired by mythology: epic-style poems, your modern versions of ancient tales, stories and poems that re-imagine mythological people and places, retellings, reworkings, and rewritings of old fairy tales, folk tales, fables, and anything and everything in-between. The mythology of all backgrounds, cultures, and time periods is welcome here, as are all genres and creative forms. We accept original poetry, prose, art, and photography of all kinds: you can send us horror, fantasy, lyric poetry, haiku, historical fiction, watercolor, oil paintings, experimental photography, whatever you love best. Our only main "requirement" is that the work owes some seed of inspiration to a mythological tradition.
We prefer stories under 3,000 words. For longer works, please query first. As for poems, we prefer them under 100 lines. Again, please query if yours is longer. For photography and art, we accept original pieces that involve mythological themes. We especially love nice images that we can use to add visual appeal to our issues.
Multiple submissions are encouraged! You can send up to 3 short stories and up to 5 poems per submission. Simultaneous submissions are fine, just tell us in your email that you are submitting to elsewhere and inform us immediately if the work is accepted. Reprints are also fine, provided that you have permission to republish your work. If you submit reprints to us, we are going to assume in good faith that this is the case. We will immediately remove your work from our website if we find out this is not the case.
Please submit your work in either a .doc or .docx file. Do not include your name anywhere on the document or in the file name, and do not mention the titles of your submissions either in the body or subject line of the email. This is because all submissions are read blind in batches, and submissions with the author's name anywhere on them will be automatically rejected. Responses times vary between 8-10 weeks. If you haven't heard back after that, please query!