Advancing Local Literary Arts
As the literary programming arm of WonderRoot, Loose Change cultivates literary community through publication, workshops, events, and collaborations with artists and other organizations.
Loose Change magazine showcases some of the most ambitious, engaged, and unruly work by established and emerging writers from across the country and abroad—including, as always, Georgia’s own most talented literary and visual artists.
Loose Change publishes twice a year, and works to stay active in our local literary community by holding writing workshops, and hosting reading events featuring prominent writers from around the region.
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We only accept electronic submissions through our Submittable page. Please do not send submissions through email or post; they will be discarded. PDFs are preferred. Acceptable alternative electronic formats include .doc, .docx, and .odt. Visual poets and artists can submit .jpg, .tif, or .png files (if you have another file format that’s preferable, please email Michael Tod Edgerton, Editor.)
Send us your best work, putting all of those wonderful, polished, ready-for-the-world literary pieces in a single electronic file totaling no more than 10,000 words. With poetry and microfiction, a submission of five to seven poems or short-short stories is highly recommended (but not required). We welcome long pieces and short.
Follow the standard practice of starting each new piece at the top of a new page.
Double-space prose pieces and prose sections of mixed pieces.
Include a brief cover letter that includes a one-paragraph author bio as the first page of your file and in the cover letter field. As a backup, include contact information here as well as on every page of your submission.
When you are ready to submit, upload your file to our Submittable page.
We do our best to respond in a timely manner. Please do not query earlier than six months.
Do not submit more than once every six months; additional submissions will not be read.
Due to the volume of work we receive, we regret that we are unable to offer feedback on your work.
While we accept simultaneous submissions, please note this fact in the cover letter and notify us immediately if any portion of your submission is accepted elsewhere.
Loose Change is unfortunately unable to pay contributors at this time. Your donations to Loose Change will support its community arts programs and may allow us to pay contributors in the future. We hold first serial rights for material that we publish. The copyright automatically reverts to the author upon publication.
Meredith Blankinship is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from *H_NGM_N, SKYDEER HELPKING, Imperial Matters, Heavy Feather Review, Similar:Peaks::, GlitterMob, Sink Review, *and *Finery,* among others. She lives in Atlanta, GA with her partner and their cat, Frida Katlo, and works as the Operations Manager of the National Domestic Workers Alliance - Atlanta Chapter.
Brennan volunteers as an assistant editor of fiction for Loose Change. Much of his work explores the intersections between new mapping technologies and the arts, culture, and history. He is on the editorial board of Atlanta Studies, and is the Associate Director of Writing Across the Curriculum and the Center for Instructional Effectiveness at Georgia State University. He teaches courses on graphic novels and African American and Multi-Ethnic U.S. literatures.
Valentine is an Atlanta-based artist-scholar-advocate from Birmingham. After a stint in Sarasota, they graduated from New College of Florida with an interdisciplinary degree in Gender, Arts and Theory and a yearning for fall weather. 'The City' (though not the only city) had become a haven of the rich and famous, so they settled in Atlanta, where there are leaves that change color, and Southern familiarity tempers the urban landscape; it’s nice, feeling the year ripen in the early mornings before summer grazes on. Their evenings are filled with reading for Loose Change, collecting stories of marginalized queer voices for The Change Project, and often writing frustratingly long poems observing place. They are enthusiastic about change--of course--as well as documenting queer histories, trans poetics, contemporary art(s), and art history or material culture. Their poems can be found in Right Hand Pointing, THEM, and Educe Literary Journal.
The author of Vitreous Hide (Lavender Ink 2013), Michael Tod Edgerton’s work has appeared as the winner of the Boston Review and Five Fingers Review poetry contests, and in Coconut, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, EOAGH, New American Writing, New Orleans Review, Sonora Review, and Word For/Word, among other journals.
Tod has worked in various curatorial and organizational capacities since 2000, including on such reading series as Lit City and VOX, and for such journals as The Georgia Review and Tarpaulin Sky. He has taught creative writing at Brown University, where he earned an MFA in Literary Arts; the University of Georgia, where he earned a PhD in English and Creative Writing, and as Visiting Writer at Stonehill College and New College of Florida.
You can read about and add your voice to Tod’s ongoing participatory project, “What Most Vividly (A Choral Work)” by visiting WhatMostVividly.com. Tod’s general author site is MichaelTodEdgerton.blogspot.com. A native of Lexington, KY, Tod now lives in Atlanta with his partner, Greg, and their crotchety old kitty, Penelope.
Gerlinda (pronounced like "Geronimo") manages creative services for Westside Provisions District and The Floataway Community by day and composes songs and stories by night. A lifelong champion of LGBTQ issues, Gerlinda is interested in the intersection of creativity and the ongoing effort to secure and safeguard the fundamental rights of all sentient beings. Her interests dovetail nicely with those of WonderRoot and Loose Change Magazine, and she was stoked to be welcomed as an Assistant Editor of Fiction in 2014.
Gerlinda released four collections of music with her former band, weaklazyliar, and her writing has appeared in Richmond Arts Magazine, Bartleby Snopes, Discovery Publications, and on the crowded walls of countless public restrooms.
Danielle Hanson received her MFA from Arizona State University. Her book Ambushing Water is forthcoming from Brick Road Poetry Press as a finalist for their book award. Her poetry has appeared in over 40 journals and anthologies, including Iodine, Rosebud, Poet Lore, Asheville Poetry Review, and Blackbird, and has been award the Vi Gale Award from Hubbub. She is former poetry editor of Hayden's Ferry Review, has been on staff at The Meacham Writers' Conference, and has received the Fulton County Arts Council Grant for a residency at the Hambidge Center.
Danielle is an avid hiker and gardener, and works as a marketing executive at AT&T.
Fall-Winter 2014-15 Writer in Residence
An Atlanta-area native, Laura Carter graduated with distinction in English literature from Georgia State University, from which she also received her MFA in Poetry in 2007. She has published six chapbooks, the most recent of which are Chaos Provisions (Dancing Girl) and Beginning of Way (ShirtPocket), both of which came out in 2014. Recent poetry has appeared or will appear in journals like The South Dakota Review, The Hat, Loose Change, New South, TYPO, Whiskey Island, Deer Bear Wolf, The Kenyon Review, and Hambone. Her many book reviews are online, primarily at The Fanzine, and have appeared in H_NGM_N and The Atticus Review, among others. She has read her poetry in various reading series in Atlanta, as well as in such places as Chicago, New York, Athens, Georgia, and Durham, North Carolina. Laura has also been an active curator in the Atlanta poetry scene, hosting series such as Vida Voce (which features women writers) and Sun & Moon, and helping to organize the Atlanta chapter of 100,000 Poets for Change. Her book manuscript, What the Sun Thought, has been a finalist in both the Noemi Press and Coconut Books contests. She has served as a poetry editor for magazines like Terminus, Five Points, and Stranger Than, and she has taught English and creative writing on the college level for over twelve years. Laura maintains strong interest in social and critical theory, which she always immerses herself in when she has the time. She lives on the east side of Atlanta with her two cats, Sasha and Sonya.
Spring-Summer 2015 Writer in Residence
Johnny Drago is an Atlanta-based writer and performer whose plays have been produced or developed by Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Barter Theatre, 7Stages, The Process Theatre Co., and Actor’s Express. These include Blood for Blood, I Hope This Dudn’t Break Your Little Heart, Trash, Psycho Blvd, The Birdwatchers, and Baby and Jennifer Defy the Laws of Timespace and All that That Implies. As New American Junk theatre company, he has written, directed, and performed in productions of Buckhead Is Burning, Little Fruitcake’s [Non-Specific Winter Holiday] Miracle, Billy Budd: A Portrait in Seamen, and Attack of the 6-Foot Vagina! Johnny has participated in numerous Atlanta-area literary performance events, including Write Club, Scene Missing, and the Flannery O’Connor Zine Project hosted by the Georgia Center for the Book. Johnny is a former Creative Loafing Annual Fiction Contest Winner, MINT Gallery Leap Year Artist, Burnaway Magazine “Art Crush,” and City of Atlanta Emerging Artist in the field of Literature. You can find him on the web at johnnydrago.com. You can contact Johnny about all things writing-related at email@example.com.