Catamaran accepts fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art. Themes we are especially interested in are science and nature writing, creativity and the artistic process, personal journey and travel, and innovation. Any setting is fine, but the West Coast is of particular interest.
By submitting your work to Catamaran, you grant us first North American serial rights, and the nonexclusive right to archive your work online for an indefinite period of time. We may also choose to nominate published work for awards for recognition in the Best American anthologies, the Pushcart Prize, and others. The author retains all other rights.
Catamaran is distributed to bookstores and subscribers quarterly. Catamaran seeks to provide a channel for you to share your creative work with the general public. We offer two complimentary contributor copies upon publication. We would like to consider your submission for two consecutive quarterly issues of Catamaran after you have sent us your work, so please allow up to six months for a decision.
The Catamaran Poetry Prize for West Coast Poets is open for submissions from November to April, and is for book length collections of poetry. Full guidelines are outlined in the submission. Submission to the poetry prize comes with a one year subscription to Catamaran.
Note: We do charge a small submission fee equal to the cost of mailing a flat rate USPS envelope as we don't accept submissions by mail, only online. The fee covers our costs associated with maintaining the online submission site and supports our work.
But if the online submission fee will pose a significant economic burden, writers may seek a waiver of the fee (for the poetry prize, the fee is equal to the cost of a one year subscription to the magazine you receive, and cannot be waived). To seek a waiver, please email us at email@example.com with your request and reasons for seeking a waiver.
Please send us your unpublished fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for consideration online publication in our bi-annual online journal "phren-z". This is not a print publication. If accepted your work will be featured online at SantaCruzWrites.org in the phren-z online section. Only submit if you are currently living in Santa Cruz, California. For fiction and nonfiction please send manuscripts of up to 3,000 words. For poetry up to 3 poems. Our journal is published online twice a year in May and November. You will be notified of a decision within 6 months of your submission.
Please submit one poem per entry, up to two pages in length. The winning poem will receive a $1,000 prize, and publication in Catamaran's 2023 winter edition. The winner will be invited to read the winning poem at the 12th Annual Morton Marcus Poetry reading sponsored by The Humanities Institute at The University of California at Santa Cruz. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 30th, and the winner will be announced at the Morton Marcus reading. The reading will be held in person on November 3rd, 2022 at UCSC, and will feature a special guest reading by Chitra Divakaruni. This year's judge is Santa Cruz poet Maggie Paul.
Please submit your original, previously unpublished poetry. We prefer to see a selection of 3-5 poems rather than a single poem. In your cover letter please include a brief one paragraph bio and a mailing address for contributor copies.
Please submit your original, previously unpublished short fiction. In your cover letter please include a brief bio of one paragraph, and a mailing address for contributor copies. You may submit any page length. If this story is an excerpt from a novel please let us know. We prefer word documents for editing purposes.
Please submit high resolution image files of at least 300dpi, and 8 inches high/wide. You may submit up to 5 images, preferably in a series. In your cover letter please include a one paragraph bio, and a link to your website or gallery if possible where we can view more images.
Please submit your original, previously unpublished creative nonfiction. We accept any page length. In your cover letter please include a brief bio of one paragraph and a mailing address for contributor copies. If this is an excerpt from a longer work please let us know. We prefer word document format for editing purposes.