CIRQUE - A Literary Journal

Image, above, Interior Sunset, by Janet Clemens.

Read this before you submit:  

Cirque invites emerging and established writers living in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Yukon Territory, Alberta, British Columbia and Chukotka — to submit short stories, poems, creative nonfiction, translations, plays, photographs, and artwork to Cirque.

Cirque, published in Anchorage, Alaska, is a literary journal created to share with the world, the best writing and art of the North Pacific Rim. Cirque is published twice yearly -- summer and winter.  The next deadline for submissions is 4/21/2019. Cirque submissions are not restricted to a regional theme or settiing.  

SUPPORT THIS INDEPENDENT JOURNAL

Cirque is an independent journal staffed by volunteers.  Readers and contributors keep us in print through direct donations, subscriptions, purchases of single copies and by buying an ad.  This best deal ever offers a full page color ad for $100.  On the submission site, there is an opportunity to donate $5 - $100.  This is sure appreciated.  Your generousity allows us to focus on publishing a journal described by many as beautiful and exceptional.  

ONLINE AND IN PRINT

Cirque is a print journal but it is also published online.  See the current issue as well as all past issues at www.cirquejournal.com. When you publish in Cirque, your writing  or art can be found online, for many years into the future.  


Next issue:  Issue #19 — Winter 2019
Submissions for Issue #20 - Open: 2/14/2019       Closing: 4/21/2019   

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Eligibility: you were born in, or are currently residing in, or have previously lived for a period of not less than 5 years in the aforementioned North Pacific Rim region. 

Poems: 4 poems MAX - Submitted as a single document.  

Fiction, Nonfiction, Plays: 12 pages (double-spaced) MAX

Artwork and Photography: 10 images MAX, in the highest resolution possible; images will likely be between 2 and 10 mb each. If you do not submit full-size photo files at time of submission, we will respond with an email reminder. No undersize images or thumbnails will be eligible for publication.

Bio: 100 words MAX. 

Replies average two to three months.

Correspondence email is:  cirquejournal@gmail.com

 

Cirque is a literary journal, based in Alaska, publishing the work of writers, poets, photographers and other artists who live in the North Pacific Rim.  We liberally define this region as Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii, Montana, Idaho, British Columbia, Yukon Territory and across the water to the Russian Far East - at least the coastal area. Five years residence in these regions meets our criteria. Cirque was founded to support the writers of this wide region.  Cirque publishes twice yearly, summer and winter. We are always open to new submissions.  No deadlines.  
Cirque is an independent journal, staffed by volunteers, entirely supported by readers and contributors.  Your donations help us to thrive and expand as we reach the milestone of 10 years.  Cirque is a print journal but it can also be read on line.  Check it out here. 

  In 2018, the journal expanded to become CIRQUE PRESS. Scroll down for info about the press and its publishing criteria.
Please submit no more than four poems consolidated on a single text.  You may give a generic title to the group such as "Four poems for Cirque" or use abbreviated titles.  "Black Bird, God's Raven, Eagle Summit, Punchy Plaster," for example.   

 Bio - 3rd Person, 100 words or less.  
 Thanks so much!  
 Sandra Kleven and Michael Burwell, editors 

  

About Cirque Press 

Cirque Press grew out of Cirque, a literary journal established in 2009 by Michael Burwell, as a vehicle for the publication of writers and artists of a region broadly defined as reaching north from Oregon to the Yukon Territory and south from there through Alaska to Hawaii. Sandra Kleven joined Cirque in 2012 working as a partner with Burwell. 

Cirque contributors are widely published in an array of journals. Their writing is significant. It is personal. It is strong. It draws on these regions in ways that add to the culture of places. 

The body of work of individual writers could be lost if it remained scattered across the literary landscape. Cirque Press (2017) seeks to gather the work of our contributors into book-form where it can be experienced coherently as statement, observation, and artistry. 

Sandra Kleven – Michael Burwell, publishers and editors 

Books from Cirque Press:

Apportioning the Light by Karen Tschannen (2018)

The Lure of Impermanence by Carey Taylor (2018)

Like Painted Kites by Clifton Bates (2018)

Echolocation by Kristin Berg (2018) 

Drunk on Love: Twelve Stories to Savor Responsibiy  by Kerry Feldman 



Cirque is an independent literary journal publishing twice yearly.  The journal is staffed by volunteers and supported entirely by readers and writers through subscriptions, donations of time and money, and through advertisements. A good deal, $100 buys a full-page, full-color ad published in the front of the issue.  Cirque is a print journal that is also published online with full access to the public.  Check it out here. 

Regional requirement Contributors need to live in or have at least a five year association with the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, the provinces of British Columbia or the Yukon Territory.  Hawaii and the Russian far eastern coast are welcome, too, as part of the loosely defined North Pacific Rim.  Cirque was founded to support writers in this broad region.  

In 2018, CIRQUE PRESS was established to further support our contributors.  At this time, Cirque Press has published six books of poetry, short-stories and mixed forms. Send a query if you are seeking a publisher.  

Book review submissions should be double spaced and no longer than 4 pages in a 12 point font, preferably Times New Roman or Arial.  Image 

We prefer to review books published by Cirque contributors.  Query us at cirquejournal@gmail.com to get a "go ahead" before submitting a review.  


Bio: 100 words MAX.



 

Cirque is a literary journal, based in Alaska, publishing the work of writers, poets, photographers and other artists who live in the North Pacific Rim.  We liberally define this region as Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii, Montana, Idaho, British Columbia, Yukon Territory and across the water to the Russian Far East - at least the coastal area. Five years residence in these regions meets our criteria. 

Cirque was founded to support the writers of this wide region.  Cirque publishes twice yearly, summer and winter. We are always open to new submissions.  No deadlines.    

Cirque is an independent journal, staffed by volunteers, entirely supported by readers and contributors.  Your donations help us to thrive and expand as we reach the milestone of 10 years.  Cirque is a print journal but it can also be read on line.  Check it out here. 

 In 2018, the journal expanded to become CIRQUE PRESS. Scroll down for info about the press and its publishing criteria.  

 Fiction submissions should be double spaced and no longer than 12 pages in a 12 point font, preferably Times New Roman or Arial.  
Bio: 100 words MAX.
Thanks so much!  
Sandra Kleven and Michael Burwell, editors
  

About Cirque Press 

Cirque Press grew out of Cirque, a literary journal established in 2009 by Michael Burwell, as a vehicle for the publication of writers and artists of a region broadly defined as reaching north from Oregon to the Yukon Territory and south from there through Alaska to Hawaii. Sandra Kleven joined Cirque in 2012 working as a partner with Burwell. 

Cirque contributors are widely published in an array of journals. Their writing is significant. It is personal. It is strong. It draws on these regions in ways that add to the culture of places. 

The body of work of individual writers could be lost if it remained scattered across the literary landscape. Cirque Press (2017) seeks to gather the work of our contributors into book-form where it can be experienced coherently as statement, observation, and artistry. 

Sandra Kleven – Michael Burwell, publishers and editors 

Books from Cirque Press:

Apportioning the Light by Karen Tschannen (2018)

The Lure of Impermanence by Carey Taylor (2018)

Like Painted Kites by Clifton Bates (2018)

Echolocation by Kristin Berg (2018) 

Holy Ghost Town by Tim Sherry (2019)

Drunk on Love: Twelve Stories to Savor Responsibly by Kerry Feldman 

Cirque is a literary journal, based in Alaska, publishing the work of writers, poets, photographers and other artists who live in the North Pacific Rim.  We liberally define this region as Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii, Montana, Idaho, British Columbia, Yukon Territory and across the water to the Russian Far East - at least the coastal area. Five years residence in these regions meets our criteria. Cirque was founded to support the writers of this wide region.  Cirque publishes twice yearly, summer and winter. We are always open to new submissions.  No deadlines.    Cirque is an independent journal, staffed by volunteers, entirely supported by readers and contributors.  Your donations help us to thrive and expand as we reach the milestone of 10 years.  Cirque is a print journal but it can also be read on line.  Check it out here. 

 In 2018, the journal expanded to become CIRQUE PRESS. Scroll down for info about the press and its publishing criteria.  

 Plays/drama submissions should be double spaced and no longer than 12 pages in a 12 point font, preferably Times New Roman or Arial.  
Bio: 100 words MAX.

 

Cirque is a literary journal publishing twice yearly, summer and winter. Submission deadlines fall on March 21 and September 21, respectively.  

Contributors need to live in or have at least a five year association with the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, the provinces of British Columbia or the Yukon Territory.  Hawaii and the Russian far eastern coast are welcome, too, as part of the loosely defined North Pacific Rim.  Cirque was founded to support writers in this broad region.    

Nonfiction submissions should be double spaced and no longer than 12 pages in a 12 point font, preferably Times New Roman or Arial.  

Cirque is a literary journal, based in Alaska, publishing the work of writers, poets, photographers and other artists who live in the North Pacific Rim.  We liberally define this region as Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii, Montana, Idaho, British Columbia, Yukon Territory and across the water to the Russian Far East - at least the coastal area. Five years residence in these regions meets our criteria. Cirque was founded to support the writers of this wide region.  Cirque publishes twice yearly, summer and winter. We are always open to new submissions.  No deadlines.    Cirque is an independent journal, staffed by volunteers, entirely supported by readers and contributors.  Your donations help us to thrive and expand as we reach the milestone of 10 years.  Cirque is a print journal but it can also be read on line.  Check it out here. 

 In 2018, the journal expanded to become CIRQUE PRESS. Scroll down for info about the press and its publishing criteria.  

  Please adhere to the guidelines, below.  Artwork and Photography: 10 images MAX, in the highest resolution possible; images will likely be between 2 and 10mb each. If you do not submit full-size photo files at time of submission, we will respond with an email reminder. No undersize images or thumbnails will be eligible for publication.  More than 40 images are used in each issue.
Bio: 100 words MAX. 

About Cirque Press 

Cirque Press grew out of Cirque, a literary journal established in 2009 by Michael Burwell, as a vehicle for the publication of writers and artists of a region broadly defined as reaching north from Oregon to the Yukon Territory and south from there through Alaska to Hawaii. Sandra Kleven joined Cirque in 2012 working as a partner with Burwell. 

Cirque contributors are widely published in an array of journals. Their writing is significant. It is personal. It is strong. It draws on these regions in ways that add to the culture of places. 

The body of work of individual writers could be lost if it remained scattered across the literary landscape. Cirque Press (2017) seeks to gather the work of our contributors into book-form where it can be experienced coherently as statement, observation, and artistry. 

Sandra Kleven – Michael Burwell, publishers and editors 

Books from Cirque Press:

Apportioning the Light by Karen Tschannen (2018)

The Lure of Impermanence by Carey Taylor (2018)

Like Painted Kites by Clifton Bates (2018)

Echolocation by Kristin Berg (2018) 

Holy Ghost Town by Tim Sherry (2019)

Drunk on Love: Twelve Stories to Savor Responsibly by Kerry Feldman 


CIRQUE