Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Submission Guidelines

Chapter 16 welcomes all reader comments and emails. For other kinds of contributions, we offer the following guidelines:

  • If you are an author with a Tennessee connection and wish to have your book considered for review, please contact the editor with publication information. Keep in mind, however, that we are a nonprofit organization with a small staff and a smaller freelance budget. As much as we would like to, we just don’t have the resources to cover every book released by a Tennessee writer. Except in the case of poetry collections, we consider for review only titles that have been traditionally published and positively reviewed by one of the pre-publication review organizations (Kirkus, PW, Library Journal, or Booklist).
  • We print poetry by invitation only, generally in the form of a book excerpt published in connection with a public reading. Please don’t send unsolicited poetry submissions.
  • Original essays, on the other hand, we’d love to consider for publication on the site, and we welcome submissions from anyone with a Tennessee connection, whether or not you’ve published a book. Our personal essays are narrative in structure, a short story that happens to be true. We aren’t interested in literary analysis or op-ed style arguments. We look for poetic essays, funny essays, thought-provoking essays — any essay that tells a story in an engaging or imaginative way. To submit an essay for possible publication, please paste the essay itself into the body of an email and send it to the editor of Chapter 16. Ideal length: 900-1,500 words, give or take a few hundred. Payment on acceptance: $100.
  • Because of the long lead time involved in covering a book, and because we want our articles to be as timely as possible, reviews and interviews are assigned months in advance of a book’s appearance in stores. If you’d like to contribute book reviews in the future, please send an email of introduction, along with links to other published reviews, to the editor of Chapter 16, margaret [at] humanitiestennessee [dot] org.