Submission Guidelines


General Submission Guidelines

Our emphasis is on the richness and texture of contemporary life for women, often through the lens of tradition and heritage. However, we are not solely dedicated to women’s issues and seek to explore the entire spectrum of gender including sexual identity, transgender, transsexuality, masculinity, and the issues that surround these identities.

ninepatch is seeking high-quality writing and artwork for its Winter 2013 issue. Entries will be accepted from October 1, 2012 to midnight December 31, 2012. Anything received after this date and time will be deleted without being opened.

ninepatch will release two online journals per calendar year: Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. Each issue will focus on a theme that will be broad in its scope and lend itself to the artist’s interpretation. Please note we will not accept any work that fails to adhere to the journal’s mission, and the issue’s theme and general guidelines.

For the 2013 Winter issue, the theme will be “Power." In light of the passing of Adrienne Rich, we'd like to honor a broad theme that can be loosely interpreted. Power, as most know, plays a huge role in day to day as well as intimate interactions. Subjective to the author's voice and vision, this theme serves to tie in in many different perspectives under one umbrella.

To find specifications for submitting in each category, please see Formatting Requirements.

Please read and adhere to guidelines carefully in order to have your work considered.

Because ninepatch is an online journal, we are able to accept all forms of original art including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, recipe-stories, visual art in an array of media, and video that includes flash fiction, spoken poetry, short-short films and song.

We define original as a piece of work that is compelling and accessible, rooted in craft and experience, tinted with tradition. We like lyrical writing, strong voices. We are not looking for work that is edgy for the sake of edginess, pretentious, dogmatic, trite, cliché or embedded in sentimentality, hate, stereotypes, overt aggression or graphic sexuality or violence. These things may have a purposeful presence, but not a gratuitous or exhibitionist presence. We are open to any genre as long as they adhere to the guidelines and the journal’s mission. We can not accept fan fiction. We encourage both new and established artists to submit. We are especially interested in seeing work from a wide variety of racial, cultural and identity backgrounds.

Each artist may send up to 5 total submissions, regardless of category. Due to the high volume of entries we receive, we will not be able to respond to every artist. We will notify the accepted artists by January 15, 2013. If you have not heard from us by this date, please assume your work did not fit our current needs.

Please Note: Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). In addition, by submitting material to ninepatch: A Creative Journal for Women and Gender Studies, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at ninepatch: A Creative Journal for Women and Gender Studies. If you have concerns about the submission terms for ninepatch: A Creative Journal for Women and Gender Studies, please contact the editors.