Good news, short-story writers -- CCLaP is now accepting submissions of individual pieces! And that's because of the expansion this year of our new monthly magazine, the CCLaP Journal, into a monthly 200-page full-color paperback book, now that we're a client of the traditional printing plant Lightning Source. The expansion means that we're now going to be publishing four to six creative pieces in each issue besides the usual book reviews, photo features and author interviews, not just fiction pieces but creative nonfiction as well; and I'm happy to announce that senior editor and fellow Chicagoan Allegra Pusateri has agreed to become the new submissions editor to handle this, so she will be looking through all your pieces this year and making decisions about what we should include.
Ideally we're looking for stories from around 5,000 to 10,000 words in length, although we will accept pieces both shorter and longer (although be warned that flash-fiction has very little chance of being accepted). As with our full-length books, we're looking for work with a really unique or memorable angle to it, whether that's in the characters, setting or plot, and we're giving special consideration to speculative stories in the case of fiction, and the kind of highly creative nonfiction work that has a hard time getting placed in traditional magazines. Sorry, no pay for accepted contributors, although you will receive a free copy of the issue in both electronic and paper forms. Please send along all submissions to our usual address, cclapcenter [at] gmail.com, where it will be forwarded along to Allegra with due haste. We're excited about finally being able to offer a regular outlet for publication to all you writers of short work out there, and we look forward to seeing what you have to show to us!