Here, you will find some frequently asked questions about Turnpike Magazine.
Q: When was Turnpike established?
A: Turnpike was established on July 1st, 2018. But let’s just say that it started living in our heads much earlier.
Q: Why is it called “Turnpike?” What exactly are y’all about?
A: You can find this information on our about page!
Q: Who are your editors? Do they get paid for their work?
A: You can find our editor bios on our meet the editors page! At this point in time, our editors are not paid. They do this work entirely on a volunteer-basis, as they are passionate about artistic expression, underrepresented voices, and small literary and art presses.
Q: How often do you release issues?
A: We release six issues a year, publishing once every other month. We typically launch new issues in the following months: January, March, May, July, September, and November!
Q: How much work do you accept for each issue?
A: We typically publish work from 20-30 contributors in each issue. This means that we can select more than one piece from each contributor (regardless of genre) if we find those pieces fitting for the current issue!
Q: Who can submit to Turnpike?
A: We will accept submissions from anyone, regardless of author/artist identity, but special consideration will be granted to authors/artists of underrepresented voices and to work highlighting positive themes and messages. No messages of targeted hate and/or harassment will be tolerated. You can find our diversity statement on our submissions page.
Q: What can I submit to Turnpike?
A: We accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art. Visual art includes (but is not limited to) paintings, photographs, illustrations, digital art, collages, sculptures, and anything else you can send us a picture of!
Q: When can I submit to Turnpike?
A: We take submissions on a rolling basis! You will be considered for the following month’s issue if you submit within the two-month time frame prior to that issue. For example, to be considered for our March Issue, you would have to submit in January or February.
Q: How do I submit? What are your submission guidelines?
A: You can find this information on our submissions page. Additionally, feel free to check out our example submission and even use it as a template for your own!
Q: Do you accept simultaneous submissions?
A: Yes, we will give a home to simultaneous submissions, so long as other
involved publications give explicit consent. In your email, please specify if you are submitting your work to other magazines or publications at that time. If pieces are accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately. We may request proof of consent in order to respect other editors in the publishing community.
Q: Do you accept reprints?
A: No, we do not accept pieces that have been published previously elsewhere.
Q: Can I submit multiple genres at the same time?
A: Yes, we can accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art from the same contributor. Please submit submissions for different genres in separate emails.
Q: I have never been published before. Do you accept new authors/artists?
A: Yes, of course! We want Turnpike to be a home for both emerging and
Q: I have submitted something. When should I expect to hear back about the status of my submission?
A: When you submit your work to us, you should get a response providing dates of our next reading period within one to two business weeks. Excluding specific circumstances, we will only accept/reject pieces during our reading periods, typically taking place the week after submissions close for the upcoming issue.
Q: Do you provide feedback for rejected submissions?
A: Since we are a small team of busy, unpaid editors, we will provide feedback on a case-by-case basis at our own discretion.
Q: I have been accepted into Turnpike. Why doesn’t my copyedit show any changes?
A: This means no errors were found in your piece. It is traditional to send copyedits to every contributor, so they know how the piece will appear in the final issue.
Q: There is an error on your website or in your publications! What can I do?
A: Please know that no errors are ever intentional. We are a small team of editors, and we are more than willing to resolve any mistakes that you may find. Send us an email, and we will immediately make the changes if needed.
Q: If I have been published in Turnpike before, how long should I wait to submit again?
A: We may accept your work for two consecutive issues, but if this is the case, please wait one submissions period in order to submit a third time. An exception to this rule would be a serialized piece of three or more parts that can span multiple issues.
Q: Do you offer print copies of your magazine issues?
A: At this time, we do not offer print copies of Turnpike.
Q: Do you accept manuscripts for novels, poetry anthologies, etc.?
A: No, we do not accept, read, or provide feedback for manuscripts, as we are exclusively an online publication for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art that follow our submission guidelines.