SOFT CARTEL is a collective of writers who like seeing forward movement, experimentation, and just plain fun. Writing deserves to be more than bloodless rehashed stories and backslapping inner circle clique bullshit.

So here is what we’re looking for:

FICTION: we like experimental, rule breaking, and most importantly, well written stories. we also believe that the genre/literary distinction is a blurred one and we don’t discriminate harshly.

ANALYSIS: watch movies? read books? listen to compact discs? we love good reviews but we care more about your narrative than what you’re actually reviewing. boring reviews of new hollywood films generally aren’t our style; deep analysis of late night cartoons are always welcome.

NONFICTION: is there a true story you want to tell? we want extensive pieces about your life. we prefer more specific ideas to general memoir type stuff, though. if you aren’t sure, submit it, and we’ll read it and let you know.

POETRY: on SOFT CARTEL, you will find the loosest definition of poetry imaginable – lay it on us. we ask that you send us at least two poems, or if you send us a single poem, that it be fairly substantial. we’re open to poetry with creative formatting, but please be aware that making your poem work in wordpress, and display properly across multiple devices, is much harder than it was to make it work in your text editor. we’ll do our best and will be cooperative if you’re unsatisfied with the results.

ART: if you’ve been working on any pieces of visual art you’d like the world to see, we want to publish them. photographs, paintings, drawings, whatever else you can come up with. if you can see it, we want to post it.

CARTEL asks for original work that hasn’t been published elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Once we publish something, you, as the author, have full rights to do anything you would like with it, including publish it elsewhere.

If you’ve got something, why not send it in? we don’t send form rejections and we actually read all our submissions. we don’t sit on your work forever just to reject it – we respond to all emails within a week. if we fail to respond within a week, please send us a nudge. we’ll get on it. we’ll take the time to let you know what we think of your piece, even if we don’t think it’s the right fit for the site. email your work to (.doc, .docx, .rtf or .txt preferred for text submissions) along with any information you’d like printed in your byline, under whatever name you’d like us to use.