Policies / Politique éditorial
Who Can Submit?
Anyone may submit an original literary work or review to be considered for publication in Résonance provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the work.
The editors are specifically interested and will favor works in a variety of literary genres that are primarily by and/or about the Franco-American communities of the United States and their realities. We encourage both established and emerging writers to submit their works with the goal of creating a truly multi-generational vehicle that accurately reflects the Franco-American reality. The editors are also interested in literary work that explores related themes that apply to linguistic and cultural minorities, including (but definitely not limited to) visibility/invisibility, preservation/creation, elitism/popularism, etc.
Please note that editors will accept previously unpublished works only.
The journal’s editorial staff is primarily made up of Franco-Americans who have distinguished themselves in the following genres:
Fiction - novel/short story
Reviews (books, films, theater)
Each of these specialties will have a section in the journal on a regular basis. The editors strongly encourage submissions in these genres. They will also accept submissions in other genres. These will be sent to qualified reviewers associated with Résonance.
What to submit and how
Language: The preferred languages for submitted works are French and English. Works containing both are welcomed. The type of French can be any version now or formerly in use in North America (this includes Haitian and Louisianan Creole). The same guidelines apply for English. The Editors will accept works in other languages; however, authors submitting in those languages are advised that the review of the work might be delayed while we identify a qualified reviewer.
Special note for translations: Translators are requested to include the work in its source language along with their translation.
Cover letter: Authors should include in their submission a cover letter containing their name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, as well as a short bio (up to 75 words). Artists should include an artist statement/bio of up to 250 words.
Length: Please follow these genre-specific guidelines about the length of submissions:
Art: 3–5 images
Creative non-fiction: Up to 10,000 words
Drama: a one act play or a single act of a multi-act play—up to 6000 words in either case
Fiction: Up to 6,000 words (with occasional exceptions—query Fiction Editor before submitting anything longer)
Graphic fiction: Four lengths considered: a single page; a 3-panel strip; 16 pages; a novel of 60-90 pages
Poetry: 3-5 poems (no more than 10 pages total)
Reviews: 750-1500 words
Please note that submissions written in French may occasionally exceed the recommended word-count.
Veuillez noter que les contributions en français peuvent occasionnellement dépasser la limite conseillée.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, as long as you inform us promptly if the work has been taken by another outlet.
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