about moonShine review

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Away from the harshness of daylight, promises are made, bodies come together, words are spoken that can never be taken back—and the creative process thrives.

Debuted in the spring of 2005, moonShine review is more than a journal of creative prose and photography. It is about what speaks to you in the moonlight and the shadows cast in mind and memory. For only in the darkness do we show all of ourselves.

We do not typically set a theme in advance. Rather, what comes to us coalesces into a theme. We find the thread through your words and pictures.

In 2019, we celebrated our fifteen-year anniversary of publishing this bi-annual creative prose and photography journal.  And each year marks incredible growth, talent, and gratification. We are proud to choose writers who go on to publish their own books and photographers who prosper in the arts communities. We continue to be a venue for new, emerging talent and strive to create a journal that balances talent with a twist—adept and awe-inspiring, peculiar and profound, radical and relentless.  We’re always looking for that twist.

Our staff has 60+ years of experience combined in the fields of writing, editing, designing, and the academic world of creative literature.  And yet we’re quite the crew of misfits to so enjoy taking on “the dark side.”

NOTE: We are not a journal looking for the “shock effect.” As the publisher, I must relay my likes and dislikes and let you know what will—and won’t—grace our pages. I like a story with a real twist—I don’t like anything bordering on the B-movie realm. I don’t mind squirming a little at the psychological horror one human can induce on another, but I don’t tolerate, even in fiction, violence against animals or children. Unless you’re sure your story—and writing talent—is great enough to take me beyond my biases, I suggest you search for another publishing venue. It’ll take a truly great story to change my mind on this measure, and still I advise against trying.

STAFF:
Anne M. Kaylor—Founder, Publisher, and Executive Editor

Beth Ann Cagle—Senior Editor
James E. Kaylor—Associate Editor

To all who have helped us—contributors and purchasers, friends and family, volunteers, other publishers, and the great writing community at large—we thank you each and every one.

Keep sharing!
Anne M. Kaylor

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Away from the harshness of daylight, promises are made, bodies come together, words are spoken that can never be taken back—and the creative process thrives.

Debuted in the spring of 2005, moonShine review is more than a journal of creative prose and photography. It is about what speaks to you in the moonlight and the shadows cast in mind and memory. For only in the darkness do we show all of ourselves.

We do not typically set a theme in advance. Rather, what comes to us coalesces into a theme. We find the thread through your words and pictures.

In 2019, we celebrated our fifteen-year anniversary of publishing this bi-annual creative prose and photography journal.  And each year marks incredible growth, talent, and gratification. We are proud to choose writers who go on to publish their own books and photographers who prosper in the arts communities. We continue to be a venue for new, emerging talent and strive to create a journal that balances talent with a twist—adept and awe-inspiring, peculiar and profound, radical and relentless.  We’re always looking for that twist.

Our staff has 60+ years of experience combined in the fields of writing, editing, designing, and the academic world of creative literature.  And yet we’re quite the crew of misfits to so enjoy taking on “the dark side.”

NOTE: We are not a journal looking for the “shock effect.” As the publisher, I must relay my likes and dislikes and let you know what will—and won’t—grace our pages. I like a story with a real twist—I don’t like anything bordering on the B-movie realm. I don’t mind squirming a little at the psychological horror one human can induce on another, but I don’t tolerate, even in fiction, violence against animals or children. Unless you’re sure your story—and writing talent—is great enough to take me beyond my biases, I suggest you search for another publishing venue. It’ll take a truly great story to change my mind on this measure, and still I advise against trying.

STAFF:
Anne M. Kaylor—Founder, Publisher, and Executive Editor

Beth Ann Cagle—Senior Editor
James E. Kaylor—Associate Editor

To all who have helped us—contributors and purchasers, friends and family, volunteers, other publishers, and the great writing community at large—we thank you each and every one.

Keep sharing!
Anne M. Kaylor

submission guidelines

BEFORE SUBMITTING, PLEASE DO TWO THINGS:
(1) Read these instructions step by step.
(2) Read “About moonShine review” on this website.

NEXT DEADLINE: March 15th
No Set Theme

NOTE: While we encourage submissions based on the above theme, we accept stories on all subjects and will consider all for this issue and/or a future issue.

We’re looking for inspiring, creative prose with a personal perspective, fiction or nonfiction, and, as always, we’re drawn to stories that capture our motto of “light within the dark.”

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS ALLOWED
PLEASE NOTIFY US PROMPTLY OF ACCEPTANCE ELSEWHERE!

Our goal is to provide a venue for unique voices, and we are interested in work that conveys honest and individual perspectives. We consider work from anywhere but give preference to artists from the Southeast. To know more, read “About moonShine review” on this website before submitting. We also encourage you to order and read a past issue.

We work on one issue at a time, and read submissions ONLY after the deadlines in the Spring and Fall.
2020 Deadlines: March 15th and September 30th.
(Submissions are accepted year-round but only read following deadlines.)

We accept ONLY EMAIL SUBMISSIONS and consider those that meet criteria stated below.

PROSE GUIDELINES

A.  We accept original, previously unpublished works of creative PROSE—short fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction.

B.  Whether we set a theme or not, “darkness of the human spirit” is our guiding force.

C.  We do NOT publish plays or poetry.

D.  We accept simultaneous submissions, but please be considerate. Not notifying us of acceptance elsewhere significantly and negatively impacts our process.

E.  Submit up to three (3) pieces at one time of 3,000 words or less. Submissions exceeding 3,000 words will not be considered; 2,500 or less preferred, no minimum.

F.  We accept ONLY email submissions.

G.  Email submissions to ANNE KAYLOR, publisher, at moonshine@carolina.rr.com.

H.  Acceptances are notified by email.

I.  Payment is ONE complimentary copy of the issue and a substantial discount on additional copies.

J.  Required Content in Your Email—

1.  Full name as you want it to appear in our publication
2.  Phone number
3.  Email address
4.  USPS mailing address—If accepted, needed to mail your copy
5.  Titles of submissions—Exactly as you want them to appear in our publication.

K.  Formatting Your Document:

1.  Do NOT put your name on the piece or anywhere in the file.
2.  Separate multiple pieces into separate files and name each file to match titles in your email.
3.  Be sure titles within files match titles in your email. Include title on every page of document.
4.  Use Times New Roman, 12 point.
5.  Double space and indent every paragraph.
6.  Do NOT include spacing between paragraphs.
7.  Do NOT return at the end of every line.
8.  Use one-inch margins on all edges.
9.  Number pages in the document.

Please understand we judge anonymously, so it is necessary you follow the guidelines above to give us the best opportunity to do so. That means NOT including your name on your piece(s) in the file and conforming to these basic formatting standards.

Because we consider the line between flash fiction and prose poetry to be blurry, we will consider prose poetry IF it meets the formatting standards listed above.

AFTER you have read these guidelines, if you have additional questions, please email Anne Kaylor at moonshine@carolina.rr.com.

PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDELINES

A.  We feature ONE PHOTOGRAPHER ONLY IN EACH ISSUE.

B.  We accept original photographs and prefer previously unpublished photos.

C.  We require a VARIETY of subject matters/content, since we choose photos based on fit with stories selected.

D.  We accept jpeg files only. Please convert your files to this format before submitting.

E.  Every issue features a full-color photograph on the cover and black and white photography on the inside pages.

F.  We prefer to convert color photos to black and white.

G.  We do NOT accept “artistic” photography. Limit enhancement via computer (i.e., Photoshop) to improving contrast. Applying any artistic filter is not acceptable.

H.  We accept ONLY email submissions and require you use Dropbox. We will NOT consider your submission if you send a link to a website other than Dropbox. And we require you choose which photos to submit, i.e., we will NOT choose from a portfolio of 1,000 photos.

I.  Email submissions and Dropbox links to ANNE KAYLOR, publisher, at moonshine@carolina.rr.com.

J.  Acceptances are notified by email only.

K.  Payment is ONE complimentary copy of the issue and a substantial discount on additional copies.

L.  Required Content in Your Email—

1.  Full name as you want it to appear in our publication
2.  Phone number
3.  Email address
4.  USPS mailing address—If accepted, needed to mail your copy
5.  Send separate email with your name and provide link to Dropbox SPECIFICALLY SET UP for moonShine.

M.  Formatting Your Photos:

1.  Designate in your photo title whether photo is for inside or cover consideration.
2.  Alternately, send two (2) Dropbox links—one folder for cover, one for inside.
3.  VERTICAL photos are PREFERRED for inside—Page size drastically limits size of horizontal photos.
4.  HORIZONTAL photos are REQUIRED for cover—Cover photo wraps front to back and bleeds on all edges.

5.  Inside Photo Requirements—

a.  Provide 300 dpi, at least 4 x 6 in size.
b.  Provide vertical photos (highly preferred).
c.  Include 40 to 50 photos for consideration, no more than 100.
d.  Do not convert to black and white. Photos already taken in black and white are acceptable.
e.  Convert all files to jpeg before submitting.

6.  Cover Photo Requirements—

a.  Provide 300 dpi, at least 9 x 12.
b.  Provide horizontal photos only.
c.  Provide color photos only.
d.  Include 5 to 10 photos for consideration, no more than 15.
e.  Convert all files to jpeg before submitting.

Please understand it is necessary you follow the guidelines above to give us the best opportunity to consider your work.

AFTER you have read these guidelines, if you have additional questions, please email Anne Kaylor at moonshine@carolina.rr.com.

THANK YOU for your attention to these guidelines. We look forward to your submissions!

Anne Kaylor
Executive Editor & Publisher

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Away from the harshness of daylight, promises are made, bodies come together, words are spoken that can never be taken back—and the creative process thrives.

Debuted in the spring of 2005, moonShine review is more than a journal of creative prose and photography. It is about what speaks to you in the moonlight and the shadows cast in mind and memory. For only in the darkness do we show all of ourselves.

We do not typically set a theme in advance. Rather, what comes to us coalesces into a theme. We find the thread through your words and pictures.

In 2019, we celebrated our fifteen-year anniversary of publishing this bi-annual creative prose and photography journal.  And each year marks incredible growth, talent, and gratification. We are proud to choose writers who go on to publish their own books and photographers who prosper in the arts communities. We continue to be a venue for new, emerging talent and strive to create a journal that balances talent with a twist—adept and awe-inspiring, peculiar and profound, radical and relentless.  We’re always looking for that twist.

Our staff has 60+ years of experience combined in the fields of writing, editing, designing, and the academic world of creative literature.  And yet we’re quite the crew of misfits to so enjoy taking on “the dark side.”

NOTE: We are not a journal looking for the “shock effect.” As the publisher, I must relay my likes and dislikes and let you know what will—and won’t—grace our pages. I like a story with a real twist—I don’t like anything bordering on the B-movie realm. I don’t mind squirming a little at the psychological horror one human can induce on another, but I don’t tolerate, even in fiction, violence against animals or children. Unless you’re sure your story—and writing talent—is great enough to take me beyond my biases, I suggest you search for another publishing venue. It’ll take a truly great story to change my mind on this measure, and still I advise against trying.

STAFF:
Anne M. Kaylor—Founder, Publisher, and Executive Editor

Beth Ann Cagle—Senior Editor
James E. Kaylor—Associate Editor

To all who have helped us—contributors and purchasers, friends and family, volunteers, other publishers, and the great writing community at large—we thank you each and every one.

Keep sharing!
Anne M. Kaylor

cropped-website-banner-copy-7.jpg

Away from the harshness of daylight, promises are made, bodies come together, words are spoken that can never be taken back—and the creative process thrives.

Debuted in the spring of 2005, moonShine review is more than a journal of creative prose and photography. It is about what speaks to you in the moonlight and the shadows cast in mind and memory. For only in the darkness do we show all of ourselves.

We do not typically set a theme in advance. Rather, what comes to us coalesces into a theme. We find the thread through your words and pictures.

In 2019, we celebrated our fifteen-year anniversary of publishing this bi-annual creative prose and photography journal.  And each year marks incredible growth, talent, and gratification. We are proud to choose writers who go on to publish their own books and photographers who prosper in the arts communities. We continue to be a venue for new, emerging talent and strive to create a journal that balances talent with a twist—adept and awe-inspiring, peculiar and profound, radical and relentless.  We’re always looking for that twist.

Our staff has 60+ years of experience combined in the fields of writing, editing, designing, and the academic world of creative literature.  And yet we’re quite the crew of misfits to so enjoy taking on “the dark side.”

NOTE: We are not a journal looking for the “shock effect.” As the publisher, I must relay my likes and dislikes and let you know what will—and won’t—grace our pages. I like a story with a real twist—I don’t like anything bordering on the B-movie realm. I don’t mind squirming a little at the psychological horror one human can induce on another, but I don’t tolerate, even in fiction, violence against animals or children. Unless you’re sure your story—and writing talent—is great enough to take me beyond my biases, I suggest you search for another publishing venue. It’ll take a truly great story to change my mind on this measure, and still I advise against trying.

STAFF:
Anne M. Kaylor—Founder, Publisher, and Executive Editor

Beth Ann Cagle—Senior Editor
James E. Kaylor—Associate Editor

To all who have helped us—contributors and purchasers, friends and family, volunteers, other publishers, and the great writing community at large—we thank you each and every one.

Keep sharing!
Anne M. Kaylor