I Come From The World expects to grow in unpredictable ways, based on the areas of interest and participation of our contributors and subscribers. While we accept submissions from around the world, they must be in UK English or in the universal languages of music, art, and photography. We welcome previously unpublished, unsolicited submissions to both our magazine and literary journal. Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged, but please contact us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Also, because we are an online-only publication, submissions for our magazine that include a photo, video, drawing, or other visual component are preferred; literary journal and contest submissions do not need a visual other than an author photo if selected.
I Come From the World is an experimental e-publication in both content and mission. We believe the practice of storytelling is a unifying force, and that the world offers far more to unite than divide us. In pursuit of connecting the world by better understanding the hearts and minds of those living in it today, we are open to both customary and exploratory forms of content.
For visual and multimedia artists, our preference is for original artwork, slice-of-life photography, short films (videos), animations, and other digital art/media that fit our themes. We also have a strong sense of humor so aspiring and established cartoonists are very welcome here!
For prose writers, our preference is the essay, particularly narrative (personal, memoir), expository, and literary journalism. Fiction also has its place as all characters and personas “come from the world” too!
For poets, we are open to poetry in all its forms, including songwriting (lyrics) of every genre.
We currently accept the following file formats: *.doc, *.docx, *.rtf, *.txt, *.jpg, *.gif, *.mov, *.mpg, *.mpeg, *.wmv, *.mp3, *.wav. If your submission is outside these parameters, email us at icomefromtheworld(at)gmail(dot)com to discuss.
Payment & Rights
While we are unable to pay our contributors to our web magazine at this time, we do plan to actively promote I Come From The World for optimum visibility for all those involved. We retain the right to archive work that we publish upon mutual agreement. All republished work must cite the publisher of origin.
While we are unable to pay our contributors to our literary journal at this time, we do run $500 writing contests for each issue. Upon acceptance of a work for our journal, we claim first world electronic rights. After 6 months, most rights revert to the author/artist as long as credit is given to us as the first publisher. We also retain the right to archive your work.
We warmly welcome visual art submissions that pertain to our particular themes and will give the best of the bunch front page visibility. Re-purposed content may be considered if it’s a strong match for our theme and we cite its origins properly.
Our preference is for original artwork, slice-of-life photography, cartoons, short films (videos), animations, and other digital art/media that fit our themes.
Nonfiction is welcome in all its forms, particularly narrative (personal, memoir) and expository essays, and literary journalism. We have a 5,000-word maximum for prose of any type; there is no minimum word limit as long as you tell us your Truth!
Please submit no more than five poems or ten pages total.
Fiction will be considered if it’s a poignant reference to our specific themes. We have a 5,000-word maximum for prose of any type; there is no minimum word limit as long as you tell us a story!
“Other” is an open word, brimming with possibilities. If you think you have some other form of content that might work, try us.
Web magazine submissions are rolling and are not associated with set reading periods or any reading fees. These submissions will populate our website, build our online community, and guide us in unpredictable ways.
Literary journal submissions will be considered for our premiere publication. They are issues-based and entail set reading periods, contests to award our top contributor for each issue, and a $3 reading fee to cover administrative costs associated with the Submittable content management system.
We do not accept previously published work for our literary journal, whether online or in print. Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged, but please contact us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. All submissions must be blind and include word count at the top of the first page.