We will be accepting submissions until October 20. Responses will be given once submissions are closed.  

High Noon is calling for fiction, poetry, non-fiction, experimental, and visual art submissions from writers in the Texas region that fall under this year’s theme “difficult conversations.”

Please read our mission statement (on our About Us page) and send us your best work, whatever that may be! Wrench our hearts, make us laugh, tell a good story. We look forward to reading your submissions! We accept simultaneous submissions and pre-published submissions are welcomed, but please let us know if your piece falls into either category. We ask that any previously published works be revised to fit our theme. On all submissions, please include your name or a pseudonym and an email address at the end of the document. Please include a short sentence or two about why you think your work fits our theme. Works that do not follow these guidelines will not be read or considered.

Poetry:

Please limit the submission to no more than 3 pieces, each piece being no longer than 2 pages and each poem starting on its own page. If unique formatting, such as font, spacing, etc. is part of the poem, leave it as it. If formatting does not contribute or affect the poem, then submit the poems in 12 point, double spaced, legible font. All poems must be submitted in .docx or .pdf format.

Visual Art:

Please limit the submissions to no more than 3 pieces per submission, with each piece in its own document. Visual art has the most room to deviate from our intended topic while still being able to fall under our theme. Pieces can be more than an image of people having a hard conversation, as long as it can still be tied to our mission statement for this issue of High Noon. All visual art must be submitted as a .pdf.

Experimental/Non-categorical:

Please limit experimental works to up to 4 pieces per submission. There is no length limit, since some of these may not fit what we traditionally think of as a “page.”  Hard conversations can push the boundaries of our identity and our society, and sometimes push genre and form too. Feel free to get interactive. Can a crossword puzzle show us new intersections between identities? Does certain composed music prompt new understandings of culture? What would a map of compromise look like? How would a choose-your-own adventure game engage with a difficult topic? Visuals must be submitted in .docx or .pdf format. If your piece does not work in a .docx or .pdf, you are otherwise unsure about how to submit your piece, contact us by October 15 and we will direct you. 

Fiction:

Please limit fiction submissions to 6 pages, or 2,000 words, and no more than 3 pieces per fiction submission. Excerpts from longer narratives must be readable as stand-alone pieces.  Get creative with your stories. Tell from a point of view that isn’t immediately obvious, mess with the form of fiction, tell a story that you wish you had heard. Fiction is an opportunity for you to get creative in lessons you have learned before, to fill in the gaps that you find in literature, immerse yourself in a world of your own creation. The work must be submitted in .docx or .pdf format, 12 point double spaced, legible font.

Non-fiction:

Please limit non-fiction submissions to 8 pages, or under 3,700 words, and no more than 3 pieces per non-fiction submission. Excerpts from longer narratives must be readable as stand-alone pieces. Nonfiction should be creative and have some semblance of narrative. Heavily researched works are a big plus, but our main interest is in the story. Facts should be checked and double-checked. The work must be submitted in .docx or .pdf format, 12 point double spaced, legible font