For Issue 15 of Inertia, editor J.M. Spalding is looking for music, prose and poetry. For music, we’d like to see bossa nova and other latin-influenced pieces (think Mendes, Jobim etc). For non-fiction, we’re looking for autobiographical essays (roughly 500-1000 words) for our upcoming “A Day in the Life” series. For fiction, we’re looking for a good hard-boiled detective story (< 2500 words). For poetry, anything goes—but we’d love to see work that addresses the current state of things.
Send a query letter for anything else. Submissions for #15 can be made to J.M. Spalding at: john (at) inertiamag.ca

We are currently considering only poetry, fiction, music and non-fiction submissions for Issue 15 Please include all materials in the body of the email (as of 12/2014, non audio attachments will not be opened).

Poetry: We will consider one to five previously unpublished poems. There is usually no restriction as to form or length, however “epic” poems are discouraged. Poems must be in English or Québécois (Canadian French) and accompanied by an English translation.

Music: We will consider musical compositions in audio format (with or without the written composition). Compositions (or excerpts of compositions) should be submitted in mp3 format. Length should be 2 - 20 minutes total. We discourage submissions via Dropbox, WeTransfer and YouSendIt for smaller file sizes, though we understand the necessity for larger files. You can, of course, share your audio submission with us via Google Drive. We can be found via john (at) inertiamag.ca.

For translations of poetry: We strongly encourages submissions of translated poetry. However, in addition to the translated work, proof of permission of the original author must be submitted as well. We will consider up to ten translated poems. Each poem must be submitted in English, and the original poem must be included as well. Previously published poems are fine, so long as they have not previously appeared in English.

For translations of fiction: We strongly encourages submissions of translated fiction. However, in addition to the translated work, proof of permission of the original author must be submitted as well. We will consider up to three translated pieces. Each piece must be submitted in English, and the original piece must be included as well. Previously published fiction is fine, so long as they have not previously appeared in English.

Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: We will consider one piece at a time between 1,001 and 5,000 words. Each piece must either be a short story, creative nonfiction piece or novel excerpt capable of standing on its own. Stories must be in English and previously unpublished.

Flash Fiction: We will consider up to three flash fiction stories at a time. Each piece must be no longer than 1,000 words. Stories must be in English and previously unpublished.

Essays/Nonfiction: Please email us a standard query letter describing. Stories must be in English and previously unpublished.

Inertia considers book reviews and artwork by invitation only.

Publishers and authors interested in having their titles mentioned and/or reviewed in Inertia should contact the editors at inertiamag at gmail.

Unless noted above (as with translations), Inertia does not publish work which has been previously published (this includes work which has previously appeared in the following mediums: online, traditional print, blogs and personal websites).

We will consider simultaneously submitted materials with the caveat that we’re notified upon acceptance elsewhere.

As of 12/2014, our reply time is between one and four weeks. If you have not received a response within that timeframe, please contact us.

Inertia acquires First North American Serial Rights as well as First Internet Rights. These rights revert to the author upon first publication of the issue in which the materials appear.