Written by Ella Peary January 25th, 2024

Brink Literary Journal: Now Seeking Submissions

Brink is a print journal of hybrid and cross-genre writing. They publish both emerging and established writers, and they especially like to showcase authors who don’t fit within the boundaries of traditional disciplines. In doing this, they hope to create a community that connects people and ideas that were otherwise divided: “By providing space primed to instigate new ideas, Brink fosters dialogue and collaborative community across disciplines and cultural divides.” They aim to showcase writing from a diverse range of voices, and they especially encourage trans writers to submit.

Since launching in 2021, Brink has been published twice a year in print. Each of their five previous editions contain writing from around fifteen contributors, and each edition is themed. Past themes include “Desire,” “Certainty,” and “Trouble.”

There are also selections from each issue available for free online. It’s a good idea to read these selections before submitting to get an idea of what they like.

Brink accepts submissions twice a year, in January and July. Right now they’re open through January 31, and they’re seeking submissions on the theme of “Boundaries.” They’re also interested in writing that explores the idea of “being on the brink.”

Authors of hybrid writing may submit work of any length. It’s worth noting that hybrid writing is not the same as experimental writing: “Instead, it is a style that prioritizes the combination of multiple literary and artistic elements to produce a readable, engaging piece of work.” They especially like hybrid work that combines both written and visual elements.

Although Brink is mainly focused on publishing hybrid writing, they also accept poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Authors of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction—and cross-genre writing that blurs these boundaries—may submit work of any length. Brink does also accept translations.

Brink pays authors published in their journal. Poets receive $25 per poem. Authors of prose and hybrid writing receive $50 for work under 1,500 words, and $100 for work over 1,500 words.

Brink accepts submissions online using Submittable, not via email or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors withdraw work published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published writing.

Brink only accepts submissions that follow the guidelines they’ve posted online. Please read these guidelines in full before submitting.

If you would like to learn more or submit to Brink, please visit their website here.

Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.


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