Success Reentry Solutions, a Northern California 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is looking for contributors for its new bi-monthly publication, On the Outs.
Submissions from people who are incarcerated are considered for publication in the tabloid’s “Behind the Wall,” section. Authors don’t receive payment if their submission is printed, although they do get their name in print and a copy of the issue in which their work appears.
“We do accept unsolicited submissions,” said On the Outs Editor, Mark Arsenault. “As long as the submission is accompanied by our disclaimer, we’ll review it. It can be printed or handwritten, but needs to be signed by the author of the material.”
Some facilities don’t allow inmates to possess ink pens, Mark acknowledged, so he said they will accept signatures in pencil. Submissions received without a signed disclaimer, however, will be discarded.
By signing the disclaimer, authors certify that their work is original, doesn’t violate any laws or institution rules, and gives On the Outs permission to edit the submission and to print it one time.
The full disclaimer is printed below:
The enclosed submission is my own original work. It does not violate any local, state, or federal law–including U.S. copyright or trademark law–nor the policies of the institution at which I am currently housed (if applicable). I grant to On the Outs Magazine the right to publish my submission with my legal name, if accepted, in a single issue of the publication. I understand that receipt of my submission by On the Outs does not guarantee acceptance for publication. If my submission is accepted for publication, I will not receive any monetary compensation and my submission may be edited for grammatical errors, clarity, and/or length, at the sole discretion of On the Outs.
As for what type of submissions they are looking for, there’s no rule set in stone.
“That section of the paper is pretty much wide open, for just about any kind of content,” Mark said. “It could be a poem, a short story, an essay, a comic strip, or a collection of riddles.”
There’s also the potential for becoming a regular contributor.
“If we like something enough and it resonates with our readers,” Mark explained, “we may reach out to the author to see if they’re interested in becoming a regular contributor.”
Submissions may be delivered via regular mail to:
On the Outs Magazine
PO Box 582155
Elk Grove, CA 95758
To view the submission guidelines, go to the Success Reentry Solutions website at SR916.com and click on the On the Outs tab.