Essays: Our print essays appear first in the issue, and are later released online. We publish in print in ‘essayistic’ (footnoteless) form rather than academic form, and encourage exploratory, polemical and provocative writing, rather than the drier caution of much academic prose. Any necessary bibliographic references should be incorporated into the body of the piece (though if requested, we will include full bibliographic and page references when a piece is put online). 

We are open to well-wrought writing of any kind, and abjure the Anglophone Left’s endless knee-jerk rote recitation of Orwell’s ‘Politics and the English Language’, and their concomitant – and grossly elitist – anxieties over ‘pretentiousness’. We believe there is politics in play and literary form as well as in content: that is to say, done well, we are as open to the Red rococo, libertine prose filigree and/or avant-gardenings as to the terse compactness of more ‘minimalist’ prose – and considerably more so than to the leaden ‘Dick and Jane go on a demo’ stylings that characterise much left journalism.

We are open to all suggestions, but as a baseline for the print issue we encourage work of between 2-4,000 words. We are interested in work that has not yet been published elsewhere. 

We also publish online-exclusive essays, which should not exceed 2000 words. 

Fiction: Our fiction only runs in print. Shorter pieces are more likely to be accepted. We only accept fiction that has not previously been published elsewhere. 

Art: Our visual art only runs in print. We can print a small number of artists’ work in full colour. In general, we feature a small number of artists per issue, usually with 10–16 pages each. We are interested in work – representational, conceptual, photographic, or of any other kind – by radical artists, and are grateful for submissions from such artists at all levels in their fields and stages of their work.

If you would like to submit an essay, piece of fiction, or artwork, please email us at submissions@salvage.zone.

Poetry: Our poetry only runs in print, and is selected by our poetry editor, Caitlín Doherty. She will consider poems at any length, but is unlikely to be able accept them if they will run over more than four pages.

If you would like to submit a poem, email poetry@salvage.zone.