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Bridge Editorial Guidelines, General

Submissions sent to Bridge should be addressed to the relevant department (Fiction, Literary Criticism, Poetry, or Visual Arts), for which specific guidelines are available below. We consider unsolicited submissions but can’t return or respond to submissions that don’t include a self-addressed, stamped return envelope. The address for mail submissions is:

Bridge
119 North Peoria, #3D
Chicago, IL 60607

For email submissions to all departments, please paste the first 300 words of your submission in the body of your email, and attach a Word document to that email, unless otherwise noted. Submissions shorter than 300 words need not be accompanied by a Word file. Email submissions are acceptable as an attachment in Microsoft Word format only. All email submissions must include the author’s name, address, telephone number and date submitted. This will help us to prioritize. All email submissions should be sent to submissions@bridgemagazine.org. Please allow up to six months for a response, unless otherwise noted. After six months, please inquire as to the status of your submission with the appropriate editor or by email with Michael Workman, Bridge Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. If after completing these steps you receive no response, please feel free to submit elsewhere.

Editing of articles will consist primarily of lengthening or shortening, at the editor's discretion, to suit available space restrictions. Additionally, changes may be made to suit proper grammar. Editorial standards for nonfiction submissions are usually consistent with the the most recent version of MLA style or the Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers (14th Edition).

There is no payment for publication, unless otherwise noted. If we accept work for the print version, we will not necessarily accept that work for website publication.

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Submission Guidelines for Fiction Dept.

General Guidelines:
BRIDGE seeks provocative, well crafted short fiction of between 500-4000 words by newer and established writers. In broad terms, we eschew stories bound by expectations and allegiance to pre-defined schools, in favor of dynamic, risky material that forces the writer to take a stand on his or her intentions, rather than flooding the work with their authorial presence. Writers we have published or otherwise admire include Stephen Dixon, Mary Caponegro, Aleksandar Hemon, Elizabeth Crane, Joe Meno, Manuel Martinez, Michael Ives, Aimee Bender, Michael Martone, Alex Shakar, Diane Williams, Rick Moody, Peter Christopher, Lydia Millet, Amina Cain, Beth Bosworth, Imad Rahman, John L. Sheppard, Barry Gifford, John Keene, Gilbert Sorrentino, Daniel Borzutzky, Becky Bradway, and many others.

Writers of culturally diverse or under-represented backgrounds are particularly encouraged to submit. All interested writers are urged to review a recent issue of BRIDGE to get a feel for our particular stylistic needs. Please send only previously unpublished, non-libelous, original works of fiction in legible manuscripts, along with a SASE for response or an appropriate-sized postpaid envelope for return of ms. Submissions without SASEs will not receive a response. Novel excerpts must be Ňself containedÓ to be considered. Please send only one story at a time. Response time varies but averages between 3-6 months. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable provided you notify BRIDGE immediately should the story be accepted elsewhere.

Mail all submissions to BRIDGE, Attn: Fiction Dept., 119 N. Peoria #3d, Chicago, IL 60607. Payment is currently in copies, though modest honoraria for contributors may become available as future funding permits. (Due to overwhelming response, BRIDGE stopped accepting electronic fiction submissions on 10/1/04.)Ó

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Submission Guidelines for Poetry Dept.

General Guidelines:

We read with interest every poem submitted to Bridge and are, quite frankly, looking to be as much informed and inspired by our poets as the other way around. Our emphasis is on the new—or the newly discovered—and we entertain, if sometimes briefly, all arguments in sympathy with this idea.

Poetry submissions sent via email emailed directly to Michael Workman, Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, or send a typewritten group of two to six unpublished poems to Bridge, ATTN: Bridge Poetry, 119 North Peoria, #3D, Chicago, IL 60607. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your submission. Contributors living outside the United States should include international reply coupons. We will not consider simultaneous submissions or poems that have been previously published.

Several pieces of original poetry will appear per issue. We generally hold a standard of printing no more than ten (10) one-page poems per issue, but everything depends on the merit of the work we receive.

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Submission Guidelines for Visual Art Dept.

General Guidelines, Writing:

Bridge is interested in writing on contemporary art, though we're particularly interested in writing not limited to contemporary art. That is, we prefer writing that looks at work relevant to something old with a fresh eye. Strong writing will focus less on critique and more on theory, attempt to form ideologies based on trends in contemporary art and sum what's happening now as well as what's around the bend.

Essays should be submitted electronically as a Word attachment. Generally, they should be 500-2500 words long (although we will consider longer pieces) and double-spaced in a 12-point font. Endnotes are acceptable. The preferred citation method is the most recent version of MLA style; please triple-check quotations before submission. Essays may be emailed directly to Marie Walz, Art Editor or mailed to us at Bridge, ATTN: Visual Art Dept., 119 North Peoria, #3D, Chicago, IL 60607. Visual Art department queries (preferred) and submissions should also include the following:

1) Two (2) writing samples
2) Curriculum Vitae
3) Letter of Intent

Images:

If images are required, writers are responsible for making sure that Bridge receives an image to be published with the essay by the deadline. You may send the image yourself, or ask the artist, museum or gallery to send it. If mailed, an SASE must be included for return of materials. Images should be color where possible. Digital images should be Macintosh-formatted tif files, minimum 300 DPI. Images must be labeled with the following information:

Artist’s name
Title of work, date, dimensions, media
Credit line (photographer’s name, gallery’s name, etc.)


General Guidelines, Visual Art:

Slides or jpegs (via email) are acceptable. Include resume and artists statement. ALL materials must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of materials. Inquiries may be emailed directly to Marie Walz, Art Editor or mailed to us at Bridge, ATTN: Visual Art Dept., 119 North Peoria, #3D, Chicago, IL 60607.

Project Pages:

Bridge does not normally accept unsolicited work for its project pages but if you would like to submit images for possible inclusion in a future project, contact Marie Walz, Art Editor or mailed to us at Bridge, ATTN: Visual Art Dept., 119 North Peoria, #3D, Chicago, IL 60607.

Sketchbook Pages:

Bridge does not normally accept unsolicited work for its Sketchbook Pages, which appear only periodically in Bridge. Inquiries should be made to Marie Walz at the email addresses above or mailed to us at Bridge, ATTN: Visual Art Dept., Sketchbook Pages, 119 North Peoria, #3D, Chicago, IL 60607.

Comix Panels:

Bridge does not normally accept unsolicited comix panels, which appear only periodically in Bridge. Inquiries should be made to Marie Walz, to Michael Workman, or mailed to us at Bridge, ATTN: Visual Art Dept., Comix, 119 North Peoria, #3D, Chicago, IL 60607.

Illustrations:
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Online Book & Art Reviews

Bridge is currently accepting book reviews and reviews of art exhibitions to appear online ONLY. Art and book reviews will NOT be considered for publication in the print version of Bridge.


Online Book Reviews

Bridge does not publish unsolicited reviews. Writers wishing to be considered for exhibition reviews and book review assignments should send samples of previous reviews, a cover letter listing any areas of special interest (i.e., in covering contemporary experimental fiction, literature in translation, philosophy, etc.), and a brief resume.

Reviews are assigned by the editors. Ideas for reviews may also be pitched by writers. Reviews should be of contemporary authors publishing in the field of fiction, poetry, or an academic specialty (e.g. philosophy, psychology, literary or art criticism, etc.). For established authors or authors reviewed by Bridge in the past, reviews should be of new work. We generally do not review chapbooks, "pulp" fiction, online publishing, journal writing and reprints, etc.

Length

Short reviews:500 words
Long reviews: 750 words
Unless otherwise stipulated by the editor.

Writing the review

Title information should appear in the upper left-hand corner of the first page of the review.

Information must include:
Author's name/title of book
Publisher name
Publisher city/Year of publication
ISBN #
Hardcover or softcover/Page count/price

A review should include:

Explanation of content - What is the subject matter?

Contextualization - It is helpful to establish a context for the author’s work in relation to his or her peers, in relation to the history in which they are participating (past and present), and in relation to his or her previous work.

Interpretation - What does it mean?

Judgment - Is it good or bad. Why? The writer’s opinion of the work is the backbone of a review.

Fact-checking:

Please take extra care with factual data (dates, spelling of names, and other information). We are not able to check every fact, and rely on the accuracy and integrity of our writers. If you mention a name or place, identify it, e.g. author Mary Caponegro.

Quotations:

In general, reviews should not contain quotations. Avoid quoting the author or press release in reviews and do not extensively quote writers who have written reviews of the same title.

Byline:

Include a writer’s byline for yourself at the end of the review, such as "Sally Smith is a writer based in New York."

Editing:

Reviews by writers who have not written for Bridge before are accepted "on spec."
All major editorial changes will be shown to the writer prior to publication. Unsatisfactory reviews will be returned for emendation.

Ethics and integrity:

If you suspect an assignment may pose a potential conflict of interest, please check the situation with your editor. Conflicts include, but are not limited to the following:

If you work for a commercial publisher, you may not review titles released by other publishers in your area.

Do not review titles by people with whom you have personal relationships; i.e. relatives, close friends, significant others.

Do not review titles with which you have any involvement (i.e. as an editor).

Review content must be kept confidential until publication.

Bridge does not publish reviews of titles that are or will be reviewed by the writer in other publications.

Submitting:

All review assignments must be cleared with your editor prior to submission. Bridge does not accept unsolicited reviews.

If possible, submit a press release from the publisher with your review. Sending the review via email is preferred. Send as an attached document in Microsoft Word format, or in the text of an e-mail message to: submissions@bridgemagazine.org and write "Book Review" in the subject line. Reviews may also be submitted on a 3.5" Macintosh floppy disk accompanied by a double-spaced hard copy.

Cover Images:

Writers are responsible for making sure that Bridge receives a cover image of the title being reviewed. You may send the image yourself, or ask the publisher to send it. If mailed, an SASE must be included for return of materials. Images should be color where possible. Digital images should be Macintosh-formatted jpg files. Images should be formatted for 3 x 5 inches for reviews.


Online Art Reviews

Bridge does not publish unsolicited reviews. Writers wishing to be considered for art review assignments should send samples of previous reviews, a cover letter listing any areas of special interest (i.e., in covering photography, performance art, film, etc.), and a brief resume.

Reviews are assigned by the editors. Ideas for reviews may also be pitched by writers. Reviews should be of contemporary artists showing at museums, galleries, or alternative spaces. The work should participate in current national and international dialogues on contemporary art in some way. For established artists or artists reviewed by Bridge in the past, reviews should be of new work. We generally do not review faculty shows, student shows, annual competitions and invitationals, etc.

Length

Short reviews:500 words
Long reviews: 750 words
Unless otherwise stipulated by the editor.

Writing the review

Exhibition information should appear in the upper left-hand corner of the first page of the review.

Information must include:
Artist’s name/title of show
Gallery, museum, or other venue
Gallery’s street address, including city, state, and zip code
Area code and phone number
Dates of exhibition

A review should include:

Physical description - Describe in detail what the work looks like: scale, materials, color, shape. The reader should be able to visualize the art from your brief descriptions of it. It is not necessary to mention every piece, likewise in a group show it is not necessary to mention every artist. Only write about those that substantiate the points you are making.

Explanation of content - What is the subject matter?

Contextualization - It is helpful to establish a context for the artist’s work in relation to his or her peers, in relation to art history (past and present), and in relation to his or her previous work.

Interpretation - What does it mean?

Judgment - Is it good or bad. Why? The writer’s opinion of the work is the backbone of a review.

Style:

Write as clearly as possible. Reviews can become confusing when the writer relies too heavily on poetic license (ie, stretching the meaning of words), academic or theory-based language, or personal narrative and other prose or poetic structures.

As a rule, always use past tense. Exceptions are made if the show will still be on view when the review is published, or if you are discussing a piece that will still be in existence after the show closes (the work is not site-specific).

Fact-checking:

Please take extra care with factual data (dates, spelling of names, and other information). We are not able to check every fact, and rely on the accuracy and integrity of our writers. If you mention a name or place, identify it, e.g. performance artist Meg Duguid.

Quotations:

In general, reviews should not contain quotations. Avoid quoting the artist, press release, or catalogue in reviews and do not extensively quote writers in book reviews.

Byline:

Include a writer’s byline for yourself at the end of the review, such as "Sally Smith is a writer based in New York."

Editing:

Reviews by writers who have not written for Bridge before are accepted "on spec."
All major editorial changes will be shown to the writer prior to publication. Unsatisfactory reviews will be returned for emendation.

Ethics and integrity:

If you suspect an assignment may pose a potential conflict of interest, please check the situation with your editor. Conflicts include, but are not limited to the following:

If you work for a commercial gallery, you may not review other commercial galleries in your area; likewise for alternative spaces, museums, schools, etc.

Do not review exhibitions of work by people with whom you have personal relationships; i.e. relatives, close friends, significant others.

Do not review exhibitions with which you have any involvement (i.e. as a catalogue essayist, guest lecturer, curator, or consultant).

Review content must be kept confidential until publication.

Bridge does not publish reviews of exhibitions that are or will be reviewed by the writer in other publications.

Submitting:

All review assignments must be cleared with your editor prior to submission. Bridge does not accept unsolicited reviews.

If possible, submit a press release or announcement card from the exhibition with your review.
Sending the review via email is preferred. Send as an attached document in Microsoft Word format, or in the text of an e-mail message to: submissions@bridgemagazine.org and write "Art Review" in the subject line. Reviews may also be submitted on a 3.5" Macintosh floppy disk accompanied by a double-spaced hard copy.

Images:

Writers are responsible for making sure that Bridge receives an image to be published with the review by the deadline. You may send the image yourself, or ask the museum or gallery to send it. If mailed, an SASE must be included for return of materials. Images should be color where possible. Digital images should be Macintosh-formatted jpg files. Images should be formatted for 3 x 5 inches for reviews.

Images must be labeled with the following information:

Artist’s name
Title of show if it is a group show
Title of work, date, dimensions, media
Credit line (photographer’s name, gallery’s name, etc.)

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