The Conium Review publishes innovative writing. We lean toward unconventional plots, bizarre settings, and experimental language. Make it weird.
Issues vary in length from around 90 to 250 pages—we don’t use a strict page-count quota, because we always want to find a place for the very best material from our submission queue. The journal is highly selective, only publishing a small percentage of submissions, but we base our selections on literary craft rather than preconceptions about genre, contemporary style, or publishable word count. Each issue features a Guest Editor or Contest Judge, injecting a fresh editorial voice into the installment. The journal is open to unsolicited submissions from new and established authors.
Along with the journal, we occasionally publish or promote special projects, including chapbooks, readings, and writing workshops.
The Conium Review is currently developing outreach initiatives for women, LGBTQ authors, and minority writers. We publish new voices and new ways of writing. In today’s literary climate, these experimental stories often come from writers ignored by other journals—writers with a different worldview. Ultimately, the journal’s focus is craft and story, and we don’t sacrifice that for any demographic quotas. But we are paying greater attention to our personal VIDA count these days. Upcoming outreach initiatives are not designed to replace the general tone of the journal, nor are they designed to rebrand the journal as a place specifically for marginalized authors, but outreach plays a key role in securing the kind of stories we love to publish: unique, innovative, groundbreaking work (these stories often come from the fringes).
If you have questions about our small press, please e-mail us at email@example.com.
Interviews with our Editors:
- Check out Duotrope’s interview with our editorial staff for some insights into our process and preferences.
- Our Managing Editor, James R. Gapinski, also discusses The Conium Review during an interview with Burdock Radio.
- Lastly, find a The Conium Review profile and interview with James R. Gapinski at the Six Questions For… blog.