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We (TM and E) have just released the latest issue of NEAT.

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TM’s Note on Professionalism

First and foremost, to get published, you must have interesting, polished work that follows the theme and aesthetic of wherever you’re submitting. Even though the rest of the tips I’ll include here are important, that tip is the most important. I don’t think I have to explain why.


Second, I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. Polish your work. If an editor has to make more than two, maybe three, grammatical or spelling corrections in your story (poetry gets more leeway if there’s an intention behind the change), then your work will probably be rejected.


Third, look at the magazine’s guidelines for how they want the submission to look and actually follow them. This is where an editor can see the difference between a professional writer and an amateur. Don’t get me wrong, E and I love getting work from new writers, however, we both are unimpressed by unprofessional emails and unprofessional submissions.


What is an unprofessional email, you might ask?

An email:

-without a subject in the subject bar

-where the name of the writer and the name attached to the email address, or the email address itself, are different; this is fine if you include a line about publishing under a penname and the editors know which name you plan to use

-without a bio—at least glance at bios from past issues (this is another area that’s a dead giveaway on whether or not a writer has looked at the magazine before)

-that’s in a funky font—keep it simple and unobtrusive


That’s really what it comes down to. Editors, usually, are forgiving if you forget an attachment or make a mistake on some other element of this process, but don’t make it a regular habit and remember that the editor doesn’t enjoy rejecting a writer’s work any more than the writer him/herself enjoys being rejected.


Basically, your job, as the writer, is to send in work that’s impossible to reject—start with the work itself, then look at how you’re presenting it to a magazine.


I wish you well!



NEAT does crafts

NEAT highligted letter 3Before Christmas, E and I got to crafting!

Stationary, stamps, ink, and all! We kept it simple and we kept it neat. We’re hoping to use these “notes from NEAT” as thank yous for our past, present, and future highlighted writers.

Anyone else wanting mail from us, should email,, and we’ll send along a post card!



NEAT highligted letter 1


NEAT highligted letter 2

Update from TM

NEAT Post card Dec 2014

Liz and I are having our second meeting for the Fall 2014 issue today! We’re finalizing the issue, so in the next few days be on the look out for the announcement that the issue has been published.

In the meantime, Liz and I plan to drop these postcards off at coffee shops and libraries around Cincinnati. If you find one, feel free to grab it — and we’d love for you to tweet at us with a picture or comment on where you found the postcard! (@NEATmag)

If you don’t live in the area, email us ( and we’d be happy to send some your way.

Keep it neat.

The Winter 2013 – 2014 Issue is here!

Great news! We’re finally done putting together the winter issue, and it’s beautiful (of course). Check it out here.

And of course with a new issue comes a new call for submissions! What’s our theme for spring? Read our call and guidelines to find out, and then send us your work. We’re ready to read and see your madness.

Now, we have a couple of exciting bits of news to share with our loyal readers and newcomers alike. We have welcomed writer and fellow graduate student Alex G. Friedman aboard as Consulting Editor. Alex will be reading the submissions that the two of us don’t necessarily agree on and will serve as the deciding vote. We trust him completely with our magazine and can’t wait to work with him for the spring issue. Check out his biography on our Editors page and be sure to welcome him to the team!

For this winter issue, along with bringing Alex on board and diving into the poetic deep end as far as accepted work goes, we decided to do something different with our website. As you can see, at the top of this page we have added two tabs: TMI and Liz’s Pick. We both chose an author to interview and showcase on the website (one poet and one fictioneer), and you’ll find those interviews on those tabs. We’re excited to share these authors’ work with everyone!

Thank you again to our lovely readers for continuing to share the magazine and help us grow. It means so much to us — this is what we love to do, and we’re happy that you’re enjoying it too.

Okay, that’s all for now. Back to #neatingout.

Elizabeth Jenike
TM Keesling
NEAT. Editors