Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:59 pm
***UPDATE: After restructuring our team and
developing a new plan for our publication, we are currently accepting
submissions for the 2021 edition!***
Thank you for
your interest in submitting to
Blood & Thunder! We are always
looking for creative and capable writers to share their work with our readers.
While we do have a dedicated staff of copy editors, we ask that you utilize a
few basic editing principles and glance through our rules for submission before
submitting your work.
Blood & Thunder Rules
Please read the
before proceeding to the submission process.
1. Prose and poetry submissions must not
exceed 3,500 words.
● Submissions exceeding this word count may be rejected without
2. Submission documents should NOT contain
any personal identifiers. If your submission concerns a specific patient,
provider or any other person, please use pseudonyms in lieu of actual names and
non-specific or fictional names for places of work or residence.
● Violations of this rule could result in immediate rejection without
3. Please create one Microsoft Word document
for each submission.
● (3 POEMS = 3 WORD DOCs)
4. For prose and poetry, Blood &
Thunder follows Associated Press (AP) Guidelines.
● See “Format Guidelines” section for more
5. All work submitted must be related to
or health care.
● The decision on a work's relation to health or health care will
rest with the
Blood & Thunder editorial staff.
6. One author or artist can submit up to 5
● This rule applies to
any combination of prose, poetry, and visual art submissions.
7. Blood & Thunder cannot accept works previously published
or due to be published
by any other publication.
● This includes paper publications, internet publications and
prior publication in
Blood & Thunder.
8. Blood & Thunder acquires first publication rights.
● After publication, author can reprint work(s) as long as
appropriate acknowledgment to
Blood & Thunder is made.
9. The only direct compensation to the author
or artist is in the form of one free copy of the edition of the journal
in which their work appeared.
● Monetary compensation is not possible.
10. We require a signed “Letter of
Agreement” prior to publication of any work.
● The author or artist will receive the document as an attachment
with their email notification of acceptance into the forthcoming journal.
Visual Art Submission Requirements:
1. Visual art submissions can
include paintings, drawings and photography.
2. Photography of three-dimensional artwork, such as
sculptures, for which the submitting artist is credited must be the
creator of the artwork and the photographer.
identifiable photograph of an individual must be accompanied by a
release showing consent to be photographed and published.
● Any photographs in health care facilities that violate federal
and/or state policies such as HIPAA will not be accepted.
4. All works
should be sent in a (.JPG) or (.JPEG) format, scanned at a resolution 300
dpi or greater and have a file size no greater than 30 MB.
an artist wishes to submit a higher-resolution depiction of their work, he or
she may submit one after notification of acceptance.
should be in a Microsoft Word document that is spell-checked prior to
submitting. While we do understand that some medical terminology may appear
misspelled, any gross misspellings or repeated errors in the composition of
written works may result in lower scores used to rank submissions, which could
decrease the chances of acceptance. It is therefore the responsibility of the
author to proofread their submission
prior to submission.
To ensure clarity
and consistency in our publication,
we use AP style. We understand that
many artistic mechanics (e.g., poetic contraction) explicitly break AP style.
Those intentional breaks of AP style by the author are accepted with editorial
discretion, and the author should note it when submitting. If using AP style
will not compromise the artistry of the work, we prefer that the author submit
the work under AP style.
A brief list of
AP guidelines is provided below, but a further in-depth summary of AP style
with examples can be found
1. Use numerals for addresses, dates, years and ages.
2. Do not begin a sentence with a numeral. Spell out the number,
except if it is a date.
3. Spell out numbers less than 10 and use numerals for numbers
greater than or equal to 1o.
4. Use quotation marks around titles of books (except reference
books), songs, poems, etc.
5. Do not use quotation marks for titles of magazines,
newspapers or catalogues.
6. Do not use the Oxford comma.
7. Place a space on both sides of an em dash (--) and of
8. Do not indent paragraphs.
9. Spell out
abbreviations when they are first used followed by its acronym in parentheses.
10. States should be spelled out when written alone and
abbreviated when they appear with the name of a city.
11. When writing a time, do not use :00, instead use p.m. or
a.m. (i.e. 1 p.m., not 1:00).
12. Capitalize formal titles (i.e. Dr., Sen., Gov., etc.).
13. Do not capitalize common nouns just because they sound
important (e.g. emergency department).
14. Do not use
Ready to submit? Submit your work using this Google form: