Serenity Café Submission Guidelines
80% freelance written. Contact: Colleen Mullins, Editor. Preferred contact: Email.
Serenity Café is a quarterly magazine covering arts, culture, and conscious living in the US and abroad with a specific focus on the Myrtle Beach-Coastal South Carolina area. Established 2021. Format: 9×12 glossy of 80-110 pages. Accepts simultaneous submissions. Pays within 3 weeks of acceptance. Byline given. Photo and Bio on contributor’s page. Seeks to establish long-term working relationships with freelancers. Publishes manuscript an average of 3-6 months after acceptance. Lead time: 6 months. Responds within 1 month to queries and submissions. Sample copy by mail is $15.00 US Funds.
PAYMENT: $25-1000 and 1 contributor copy. We prefer packaging of feature articles and interviews with photos or artwork as we run strong visual images with each piece. We buy First World Rights for one-time print use and Perpetual Electronic Use in PDF format. We publish beginning and established writers. Contributor copies are sent to writers and artists whose work appears in that issue. We pay $0-100 for electronic-only pieces. We generally do not offer payment for unsolicited online articles and guest posts. In lieu of payment, we may agree to include links to the author’s website, social media accounts, and book outlets. Pay rates for superior talent or famous talent is negotiable – “obviously, if Joan Didion writes an essay for us, we will individually negotiate payment!” We also offer publication advertising exchanges in select cases.
ETHOS: The guiding ethos of the magazine asks the question, “What does it mean to be an active, engaged, conscious human being in the world.” We seek articles, interviews, essays, photography, art, and poetry that addresses this ethos in some way. We are eclectic and openminded on topic and form. We are willing to publish controversial material that is thought-provoking and provocative if it is within the scope of said ethos.
NONFICTION: We publish interviews with artists, craftsmen, businesspeople, and humanity at large that addresses our ethos in some way. We also seek compelling stories and essays that relate to history, human tendencies, psychology, mindfulness, and spirituality. The magazine runs approximately 3 to 5 feature non-fiction pieces per issue. Packaging of photos with interview is required, contact us for details. We accept queries and general submissions around the above theme. Please email as a Word document. Responds to queries and submissions within 1 month. Pays $50 and up.
PHOTOS/ARTWORK/ILLUSTRATIONS: We seek high quality photos and artwork for use within the magazine and for visual essay pieces. We run at least one visual essay per issue. Photos may be submitted as a contact sheet or jpeg via email for consideration. High resolution photos (300ppi or greater) are required for printing. Contact us for current needs and further information. Pays $25 and up.
POETRY: We publish all genres and styles. We do not have a line limit, but extremely long poems are unlikely to be published unless quite exceptional. Submit 3-6 poems with a short bio. Pays: $25-100 per group.
COLUMNS: Travelogue is a “weekend getaway” style column with photos and details about a trip you have taken or a place you’ve visited. It runs 500-1000 words and needs 4-7 good, high resolution photos. Details of costs, attractions, etc. with contact info preferred for sidebar. Showcase Poet/Artist is a short interview with a modern poet/artist, 750-1200 words with photos and a minimum of one poem/artwork for publication. We prefer to feature the poet/artists work in the same issue and will conduct the interview in-house for poets/artists requesting consideration. Poet’s featured will also be featured on the Poetry is a Verb blog. Personal Experience is a short personal essay in-line with our ethos.We are open to other column suggestions, please query us with ideas. Pays: $25-150
BOOK/ART/STAGE REVIEWS: We welcome local, national, and international reviews. Please contact us for details and assignment. Pays $25-100.
OTHER: If you have a great idea, pitch us. We’re open to considering artistic expression and innovative techniques or offerings. We also seek shorter pieces and poetry for exclusive online use. Pays Byline-$100.
Send all inquiries to Colleen Mullins at firstname.lastname@example.org