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What We're Looking For

7th-Circle Pyrite accepts poetry, short fiction, essays, and visual art whose content explores spirituality, the arcane and macabre, horror, paranormality, magic, religion, occultism, or whose style embraces dark and/or gothic imagery. These themes includebut are not limited tothe following:

  • Religious/spiritual beliefs and practices

  • Death and the afterlife

  • Astrology, tarot, and magic

  • Paranormal or extraterrestrial experiences

  • Mythology, folklore, and urban legends

  • Demonology, spirits, and the supernatural

  • Cultural tales and traditions

  • Dreams, signs, and omens

Write about your relationship with God. Write about that haunted, dilapidated house you and your friends visited as kids. Write about your astrological insights. Write about your thoughts on death, Heaven, and Hell. Write about that one unexplainable event that happened to you that no one seems to believe. If you can travel beyond the material and mundane, we want to hear from you!

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We do not accept work that includes prejudicial, inflammatory, or disparaging content aimed at a specific racial or ethnic group, gender, sexual orientation, age, or religious group. Additionally, 7th-Circle Pyrite is opposed to the use of artificial intelligence (AI) for the creation of literary and visual art. Submissions that use AI in any capacity will not be considered for publication.

Please review the guidelines below that correspond to the type of submission you're looking to present. Additionally, please take a few quick moments to fully review the FAQ that follows.

  • Submit 1-3 original poems for publication consideration.

  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted. You do not need to notify us if your poetry is accepted elsewhere. 

  • Previously published works may be submitted.

  • Maximum of 100 lines per poem.

  • Submit your poems as an email attachment to 7thcirclepyrite@gmail.com as a PDF (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) file. Include the following in your attachment:

    • Your full name (exactly as you would like it to appear on the site)​

    • A brief author biography (150 words or fewer) written in the third person

    • An author picture; can be a selfie or professional headshot, but must include your face and modest attire

    • One poem per page

    • A title for each poem

  • Use the subject line "7th-Circle Pyrite Submission: Poetry" for your email.​

Essays

  • Submit 1-2 original essays for publication consideration.

  • NOTE: "Essay," as used by 7th-Circle Pyrite, refers to informative and/or argumentative pieces, as well as creative nonfiction. Creative nonfiction pieces may detail experiences and information that is autobiographical.

  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted. You do not need to notify us if your essay is accepted elsewhere. 

  • Previously published work may be submitted.

  • Maximum of 2,500 words per essay.

  • Submit essays as an email attachment to 7thcirclepyrite@gmail.com as a PDF (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) file. Include the following in your attachment:

    • Your full name (exactly as you would like it to appear on the site)​

    • A brief author biography (150 words or fewer) written in the third person

    • An author picture; can be a selfie or professional headshot, but must include your face and modest attire

    • Essays separated by a page break

    • A title for each essay

  • Use the subject line "7th-Circle Pyrite Submission: Essay" for your email.​

  • Submit 1-2 original pieces of short fiction (short story or flash fiction) for publication consideration.

  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted. You do not need to notify us if your stories are accepted elsewhere. 

  • Previously published work may be submitted.

  • Maximum of 2,500 words per story.

  • Submit your fiction as an email attachment to 7thcirclepyrite@gmail.com as a PDF (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) file. Include the following in your attachment:

    • Your full name (exactly as you would like it to appear on the site)​

    • A brief author biography (150 words or fewer) written in the third person

    • An author picture; can be a selfie or professional headshot, but must include your face and modest attire

    • Stories separated by a page break

    • A title for each story

  • Use the subject line "7th-Circle Pyrite Submission: Short Fiction" for your email.​

Artwork

  • Submit 1-3 original pieces of visual artwork (drawings, paintings, photography, or digital art) for publication consideration.

  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted. You do not need to notify us if your artwork has been accepted elsewhere. 

  • Previously published work may be submitted.

  • Submit artwork as individual email attachments to 7thcirclepyrite@gmail.com as a PDF (.pdf), PNG (.png), JPG/JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg), or TIFF (.tiff) file. (Each image should have its own attachment.) Include the following in the body of your email:

    • Your full name (exactly as you would like it to appear on the site)​

    • A brief author biography (150 words or fewer) written in the third person

    • An author picture; can be a selfie or professional headshot, but must include your face and modest attire​​

    • The titles of each of your art pieces; these titles should also appear in the file names of your attachments

    • A blurb to accompany each of your pieces that explains the theme it represents; each blurb should be 200-500 words.

  • Use the subject line "7th-Circle Pyrite Submission: Artwork" for your email.​

Submission Guidelines

Poetry

Short Fiction

Submission FAQs

Q: Who is encouraged to submit work? A: Everyone! Both emerging and established writers and artists are encouraged to submit their work for publication.

Q: Is any form of payment issued to contributors whose work is accepted? A: At this time, no, there are no payments issued to contributors whose works are selected for publication.

Q: What rights do I have as an author/artist if my work is accepted for publication? A: Authors and artists whose work is selected for publication remain the copyright holders of and retain full rights to their work. 7th-Circle Pyrite does not restrict authors and artists whose work is published on our site from doing as they wish with their work elsewhere. Your submission to 7th-Circle Pyrite authorizes our journal only to publish your work on our site.

Q: How long does it take to hear back about the status of a submission? A: We strive to follow up on poetry and artwork submissions within 30 calendar days, and fiction and essay submissions within 45 calendar days. We ask that any inquiries into the status of a submission be sent only if you have not received an acceptance or declination email within the number of days relevant to your submission type.

Q: How much work can I submit at a time? A: You may submit as many pieces as are allowed in the ranges referenced in the guidelines above for each submission type, but please refrain from submitting additional pieces of that submission type until you hear back about its status. For example, you may submit two poems and three pieces of artwork at once, but we ask that you not resubmit any additional poetry or artwork until you hear back about your original submissions. Please be sure to thoroughly review any acceptance or declination letter you receive, as it may reference a time window during which a resubmission would be unreviewable.

Q: Is there a fee required to submit my work? A: Submission to 7th-Circle Pyrite is free of charge. Fees are neither incurred nor collected at any time, for any reason.

Q: If a submission is accepted for publication, is it edited first or published as is? A: If a piece is selected for publication but contains a small number of minor grammatical errors, the errors will be outlined in an email to the author. The author will then be given the opportunity to make the requested corrections prior to publication.

Q: How often is new material published on the site? A: We publish bimonthly (every other month).

Q: In what mediums is 7th-Circle Pyrite distributed? A: 7th-Circle Pyrite is an online publication only. We do not circulate or distribute print-based content at this time.

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