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FICTION AND CREATIVE NON-FICTION SUBMISSIONS LONGER THAN 1800 WORDS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

POETRY SUBMISSIONS MUST NOT EXCEED 80 LINES

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Directions for using Submissions Manager:

  1. Fill in all of your contact information in the space below. If you are submitting work for someone else, fill in your contact info and fill in the name of the person you are submitting for in the “writer name” field.
  2. Fill in the title of the work you are submitting. Each poem, story, or essay must be entered as a separate submission.
  3. Use the browse button to find the file on your computer that you would like to submit. Select the file and click on the open button. Your file will then appear in the “file” field.
  4. If you want your submission to be considered for the Claudia Ann Seaman Awards for Young Writers, you must provide the following information in the COMMENTS field: 1) Your phone number (only used if you win the award); 2) Your mailing address; 3) Name of your high school; 4) Address of your high school; 5) Name of your English teacher; 6) Email address of your English teacher.
  5. If you wish, you can fill in the comments field with any additional information you’d like to send, then click submit.
  6. You will then have the option to review your information and confirm that it is correct. Hit continue, and you’re done.

Copyright License Agreement:

By submitting my Work to Polyphony Lit, I, the AUTHOR of this Work, agree to the following: 1. If my work is accepted for publication in the Polyphony Lit, Print Edition or Web Edition or both, I, the AUTHOR of this Work, grant to POLYPHONY LIT, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, and its successors in interest, the: (a) exclusive first publication rights worldwide in the English language; (b) royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, nonexclusive rights to reprint the Work in any volume, anthology, or other format published by POLYPHONY LIT; (c) nonexclusive rights to publish, perform, reproduce, distribute, or display the Work on electronic databases, on-line networks, other electronic systems, or any other medium now existing or developed in the future for use in projects developed, authorized, or licensed by POLYPHONY LIT; (d) nonexclusive rights to license the Work to a third party; and (e) nonexclusive rights to reproduce the Work, or any part thereof, in promotions, or advertising or any other form not offered for sale. 2. Under United States copyright law, I, as AUTHOR, will retain the copyright in the Work, subject to the rights I have granted to POLYPHONY LIT. 3. In any subsequent reuse or republication of the Work not covered by this grant of rights, I, as AUTHOR, agree to include an Acknowledgment, structured substantially as follows: “(year of first publication by Polyphony Lit) (Author name), first published in Polyphony Lit (Volume #).” 4. Warranty: I am the sole author of this Work and own sole copyright to this submitted Work, subject to the rights granted to POLYPHONY LIT above. 5. Indemnity: POLYPHONY LIT shall not be liable to the AUTHOR or any other person or entity for any and all claims, causes of action, damages and judgments arising out of this license or otherwise. Polyphony Lit accepts simultaneous submissions but expects to be notified immediately if the submission is picked up for publication elsewhere. As it is our interest in providing a wide stage for out contributing authors, it is still possible we would accept the piece for publication even if it is picked up elsewhere. In this case, we would acknowledge the site of the original publication. As the Claudia Ann Seaman (CAS) Awards are reserved for original, unpublished work, pieces that have been published elsewhere are not eligible for the CAS Awards.

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