Writer’s Guidelines

Submissions to the House of Muses are currently OPEN.

Thank you for considering the House of Muses blog as an outlet for your creative work.

Dawn Leslie Lenz welcomes you to explore not just the terrible struggles of bipolar disorder and other mental illness, but also the magic and beauty inherent in our psyches. I invite you to share your bipolar related fiction, poetry, or nonfiction. The House of Muses is primarily focused around bipolar disorder, but submissions regarding related and/or other mental illnesses, especially those that effect women, are welcome.

I know how much time and effort you put into creating your prose and/or poetry and I, as a writer and editor, put just as much time considering, deliberating and discussing your work behind the scenes here at House of Muses. So please allow ample time for me to read your work, as I will read each individual submission myself.

NOTE: Please read the following carefully. As writers, we know you are also great readers, right?

Submissions should follow professional guidelines:

  • Use a standard font such as Times-Roman or Arial.
  • Use 12-point type size.
  • Double-space your copy.
  • If your work was previously published, please provide the date and publication or site where it appeared.
  • Fiction and nonfiction should be at least 1,000 words or more, but no longer than 4,000 words.
  • You may submit up to three poems that each fit on one page. Each poem can be of any word count.
  • In order to expedite the publication process, please also provide a brief author bio (300 characters or less). This may include your email address and links to your website and/or other social media.
  • Please send your submission via email and write your subject line as follows: MUSES [Genre, i.e. Fiction, Poetry, etc.]: Title of your work,  Your last name.For example:MUSES Fiction: A Thousand Cranes, Lenz

Include your written submission EMBEDDED (not attached), in other words, please copy and paste your submission into the email. Any emails with attachments will be automatically deleted.

All of your Fiction, Micro-Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry should be sent to:

SUBMISSIONS {at} dawnleslielenz {dot} com

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