In accordance with the inspiration behind Chaleur Magazine, we look for work that applies pressure to our weak spots, work that opposes, work that makes us sweat, work that makes us seek shade that will never come. Catalysis is tied to no phase and no medium, so we accept submissions in five categories: Essays, Critique (print issues only), Story, Poetry, Art. Excerpts of submissions, whether selected for publication or not, may receive free promotion on our social media pages. There is a limit of two submissions per category per month (we will not review more than 10 submissions from a single source within a calendar month). We aim for a response time of 1-2 months, please do not inquire about your submission until nine weeks have passed. Work published elsewhere is accepted as long as the creator retains publishing rights; the publication date and initial publisher of said work must be identified. Chaleur Magazine reserves the right to edit content for simple errors and formatting to increase readability. Submissions for the monthly online issues of Chaleur Magazine are accepted with a $2 fee and do not receive compensation. Submissions for our 36-hour prompt competitions are accepted without a reading fee and compensated with a prize. Submissions for our quarterly print issue (slated to open June 2018) are separate from those of our montly online issues, they are accepted with a $5 reading fee and receive compensation upwards of $25 if selected.
The essay is a powerful medium and we prefer those that stretch their containers to the breaking point. We like essays that are argumentative, declarative, inquisitive, or just downright outrageous. Write us an essay about recovering from your first love from the perspective of your dog or write us an essay about your dog's first heartbreak from your perspective. Feel free to make fiction and non-fiction one in the same. Essays must be in English and must not exceed 1000 words. If your work has been translated from another language, please indicate the original language. We also welcome recordings of writers reading an excerpt of their essays up to 5 minutes (5:00) in length. Please include a high-quality image associated with the tone of your essay. If you do not own the image please include the name of the source in your submission so we can credit appropriately. If an image does not accompany your submission we will assign it one.
There is a time to sit and receive the world through the television, over the radio waves, or seeping up through our phone screens. There is also a time to hand back the world unto itself, twisted or maimed or corrected. Critique differentiates itself from our Essay category in its grounding on Earth's events and creations. We would like to hear what a high-schooler in California thinks of the drought in Cape Town, or of a grandmother's solution to unhappy college graduates. At the same time we'd love to read an analysis of the symbolism in The Lobster (Feelgood Entertainment, 2015), or an exalting commentary on the literary devices in Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham. Critiques are only included in our print issues and are accepted when the submissions portal opens for each quarterly issue. Critiques must be in English and must not exceed 2000 words. If your work has been translated from another language, please indicate the original language. Critiques that lean towards academic prose and refer to other published works are required to include references in a consistent citation format. Please include a high-quality image associated with the tone of your critique. If you do not own the image, please include the name of the source in your submission so we can credit appropriately. If an image does not accompany your submission we will assign it one.
Human history is built on stories, the true, the false, and everything in-between. We consider short story writers to be rulers of their own universe. Whether they choose to be benevolent or ruthless deities, the writers who catch our attention craft narratives with characters that live lifetimes in a few thousand words. We respect and revere the storyteller for the power they hold over the human mind. Stories must be in English and must not exceed 3000 words. If your work has been translated from another language, please indicate the original language. Please include a high-quality image associated with the themes of your story. If you do not own the image, please include the name of the source in your submission so we can credit appropriately. If an image does not accompany your submission we will assign it one.
Poetry for poetry's sake is useless. Lazy, pretty words are caught easily in a keen reader's headlights. We appreciate poetry in different styles and contemporary takes on old forms, we appreciate poets who aren't lazy with free-verse and playful with sonnets. In our opinion, the best poetry takes the most barbed, human ideas and emotions and fashions them into simple, efficient daggers. A single poetry submission can include up to three separate poems in a single document. Poems can be written in any language, whether earthly or celestial, as long as an accurate translation accompanies them. We also welcome recordings of writers reading their poetry, without limits to the length of the recordings. We encourage poets to submit self-made illustrations, as they can function as extensions of their words. If an image does not accompany your submission we will assign it one.
Images are powerful enough to flip over hearts and build upon heads corrupt regimes. We are searching for photography, paintings, comics, and all forms of still digital media that effortlessly brand the eyes with new perspectives. A competitive image submission is high in resolution (or low for the purpose of the work), takes unconventional liberties, and willing to investigate new shapes and color schemes. Images that are less than 100 pixels per inch (ppi) will be automatically rejected. Art submissions must include a minimum of two images and a maximum of six. Each submission must include a short 100-word artist statement, separate from the artist's bio. If an artist is found passing another's work as their own, the original artist will be notified and the offender will be permanently banned from publication in Chaleur Magazine.