Line Break is always on the hunt for new and established writers to bring to our microphone. We're looking for fiction, poetry, essays, memoirs, humorreally, anything from straightforward narrative to experimental wordsmithing, so long as it can hold an audience's attention.
We feature, on average, five readers at each show. Each reader gets 12 minutes. Would you like to participate? Here's how.
Submitting your work to Line Breaksubmissions@linebreakseries.com as follows:
- Use "Line Break Submission" as your subject line.
- Tell us a little about yourself, about your work, and about what you'd like to read for us. Be sure to let us know if you've read live before. Include links to audio or video if you have them.
- Include the piece or pieces that you'd like to read by pasting the text into the body of your email. (We prefer not to download attachments.) For prose, limit your submission to 2,500 words or less (which is about all you can comfortably read in 12 minutes.) For poetry, send a sample of four or five poems.
- If you have a book release or other publication date coming us, tell us so we can try schedule you around that time.
- Also, we're partial to local writers, but if you're from elsewhere and plan to be in or near Astoria, Queens, on the date of a future reading, please let us know that, too.
We're usually trying to fill slots six to nine months ahead of time, so please keep that in mind when you submit. We can't promise that we will reply to all submissions, but we will do our best. If we don't invite you to read, it's not necessarily because we found the quality of your work lacking. It may be that it simply didn't fit the aesthetic for the programs we're putting together for a specific event. If you don't hear back from us within three months, it's probably safe to assume we won't be able to use your piece.
We are open to most any type or genre of writing. While we won't feature out-and-out pornography, strong language and adult content are fine.
We look forward to reading your submissions!
Special note for genre writers
At Line Break, we love genre fiction. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, mysteryit's catnip to us. However, while we do try to feature one, possibly two genre writers on each program, we are not primarily a genre reading series. Instead, we focus on offering a broad cross-section of the literary landscape.
With only three shows planned for 2016, most of our slots for genre writers are already filled. We don't say this to discourage you from submitting work, but simply to let you know that genre fiction is an extremely tough sell for us this year. We hope to make our shows more frequent in 2017, at which point our need for genre work should increase.