Submissions are open. The theme for Summer 2023 is LAYERS.

We’re accepting translations and visual art pieces from now until Friday, June 16, 2023 at 11:59 PM PST.

Layers of words, phrases, images, sounds. Layers of thoughts, emotions, sensations, reactions. Sometimes apparent, sometimes obscured. They give shape, depth, and added meaning to life and the world around us. Peel them or keep them hidden. Discover the secrets behind their formation.

Layers in literature, history, research, and love. Layers in physicality, spirituality, earth, air, and ocean. They are trace, absence, presence. A palimpsest. A ventifact.

Send us your textual, visual, and experimental translations—layered in their content, intent, method, or form.

Alchemy welcomes traditional and non-traditional translations as well as experimental work that investigates or challenges the very act of translation. You may submit translated poemsshort fictionnon-fictiondramatic works/dialogueslettersreviews, or cross-genre/unclassifiable work. We also accept submissions of visual art, which may be considered for the cover art.

  • Poetry: 1-2 poems
  • Prose (Fiction/Non-Fiction/Other): max. 2,000 words (word count must be displayed on the first page in the bottom righthand corner)
  • Drama/Dialogue: max. 5-minute scene
  • Cross-Genre/Unclassifiable Works: combine the aforementioned criteria in the manner that best fits
  • Visual Art: 1-5 works, can be a series (submit JPEG or PNG file)

We accept translation work mainly from student translators and emerging translators, but we also consider work from professional translators who have not yet published a full-length book of translation.

Click the red button or follow this link to complete the submission form.

Please include the translation(s) and the source texts(s) as well as two ~500-word bios (one of the original author and one of yourself). You may also share a translator’s or artist’s note including any relevant information about your methods or the significance of your work.

We do not accept previously published translations or works that you are not authorized to publish (authorization includes permission from the original author or current rights-holder, or Creative Commons / public copyright license).

We look forward to reviewing your work!

~The Alchemy Editorial Team