Contact and Submission Window

The submission window for the second issue of PREE is now open. Submissions may be sent to preeliteditors@gmail.com during the period July 1 to August 15 (midnight of the 15th, Jamaica time). Our note on the theme is below:

PRESSURE

The second issue of PREE focuses on the theme ‘Pressure’.  Pressure buss pipe, yes. But, pressure also creates diamonds. What does pressure do for us tethered to the Caribbean? Is there a pressure to be ‘Caribbean’, to perform Caribbeanness, to act St. Lucian, Grenadian, Trini or Jamaican for instance; a demand that we rigidly embody our culture(s)?

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Leasho Johnson. No. 5 afflicted from the “playing the field” series. Mixed media on paper. By kind permission of the artist.

There is the financial pressure to turn coins into dollars and deflated dollars into meals and school fees. There is the cultural pressure to persist and the global pressure to give in. Economic pressure to expand tourism and environmental pressure to protect. The desire for freedom and pressure to remain ‘authentic’. There is social pressure, atmospheric pressure, population pressure, the pressure to achieve the impossible. Also, and sometimes fatally, for too many of us in the region and the diaspora, pressure builds in our blood. Pressure takes root in our hearts and manifests clinically as hypertension and the dangerous possibilities of stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism. Pressure underlies any number of presentations of mental illness. Pressure is not just a soul-killing thing, but a thing from which we can actually die. Whichever way you cut it, pressure exists as a powerful invisible force. These are just some of the possible launching points that we are hoping to wrestle with in this sophomore issue. PREE invites submissions of prose, poetry, essays, memoirs, videos, and artwork exploring the possibilities that exist for pressure.

If you have any comments and want to get in touch, let us know via preeliteditors@gmail.com

Submitting to Pree

Pree will only accept works during our Submission window, and this will be in response to a call for submissions. As a general guide, take a look at the following criteria and keep an eye out for the next Call For Submission.

If you are a publisher or agent who wants information about submitting writers you publish or represent please email preeliteditors@gmail.com 

Guidelines

Who Are You?

At PREE we want to showcase your writing and require original works (previously unpublished) for us to feature. The piece should not be under consideration elsewhere.

We’re looking for work by people who live in the Caribbean, are from the Caribbean, or are of Caribbean descent and live anywhere in the world. We will also consider publishing works on or about the Caribbean by non-Caribbean writers. If you are over the age of 18 and the Caribbean is part of your culture, heritage, interest, and passion, or right to abode, we’d love to hear from you.

By submitting your work, you acknowledge that, if accepted, your work will be subject to the terms and conditions contained in the Author’s Agreement, which may be found here:

What Are We Looking For?

Vivid pieces of finished work that fit our issue themes. This includes essays, articles, creative non-fiction, fiction, short stories, poetry, and photo essays.

We accept work written in Caribbean vernaculars, English, and representations of both. At this time we’re unable to accept submissions in other languages.

Length & practicalities

For prose (fiction and non-fiction) – anywhere from 1,500 words to 5,000 words.

For poems – 2-3 works.

We will only accept one submission per person and it’s important that this is the first place your piece has been published, both in print and digitally. You’ll retain the copyright on the work but we’ll be contracting for the right to publish that work for the first time.

Formats to submit to PREE

The Editors have different ways of reading

  • Save the filename as TITLE OF PIECE (not as ‘essay’ or ‘short story’)
  • Arial. 12 point. Double-spaced.
  • Save either as a .doc, a .docx. We cannot accept any other format.
  • We only accept submissions sent via email.
  • Your name and the title of the piece should be on the front page. Please don’t embed your name on other pages.
  • Finished work only, please. It can be within a minute of the last day but it needs to be finished.

Please check you’ve done all these things before submitting. We are unable to consider work that does not fall within these guidelines.

If you are sending POETRY, this is how we would like your poems to be submitted:

We will accept a minimum of two poems and a maximum of three poems. The poems can be any length. The poems must come in one single document. Each new poem must start on a brand new page in the document. It’s important you use Arial 12 point as the font and size. However, if you have specific formatting requirements for the poems, then they don’t need to be double-spaced. It’s important they be formatted as intended.

 Please do follow these guidelines for successful submission.

What If I Don’t Get Selected For This Issue?

If you don’t get selected for the current issue, it just means we’ve collectively decided it didn’t fit this time. You can submit something for future issues on the forthcoming themes. You can only submit one piece once but please do keep submitting original work to us. We are sorry that due to time constraints we are unable to give individual feedback.

I’ve Been Selected, What Next?

Firstly you’ll get an email from us. We’ll then deliver notes on your piece and give you a deadline to get your polished work back to us. Following that, we’ll copyedit and send you the final version for approval before it goes live with the next issue.

Payment

We are currently unable to pay but hope this will change in the future. We are a fully volunteering body of editors who are passionate and committed about opening up the writing of the Caribbean to the world. Our role is to assist you in getting your work published and conveyed to a wider audience.

For new writers, we hope you’ll make your first publication with PREE and then we’ll aim to connect you with other journals and publishing houses where you can earn from your work.