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PFN – Compass Rose Literary Journal Seeking Submissions on Syncopation

April 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm




– Submit up to 6 poems, no length limits, in one document (.doc or .docx)

Flash Prose 

– Limit 500 words; submit up to 3 pieces, max 500 wds each, in one document (.doc or .docx)

Our spring issue “Syncopation” marks our second year in publication and kicks off the first of four issues this year to contemplate the interplay between sound, visual stimuli, the written word, and lived experience. In 2024, we turn our lens to these multiform layers that dynamically shape our perception and expression alike.

For Issue 5 “Syncopation” specifically, we invite contributors to explore the multitudes of this musical form and how it reflects back into our lives. On a literal level, syncopation layers one or more disparate rhythm schemes into the same musical piece or segment. A syncopated rhythm can disrupt, accentuate, and/or obscure the initial theme, bringing with it any combination of surprise, whimsy, color, clarity, confusion, stark and/or complex emotion. What story do these layers tell? Where do we see and feel syncopation, within and beyond music? How do we experience syncopation in everyday life, society, socially? How do we express this visually?

These are just a few initial prompts; we look forward to reading and viewing your own takes on this issue’s theme!


Authors retain all rights

We encourage simultaneous submissions (please notify us if your piece is accepted elsewhere)

We consider previously published material; please label it as such

We particularly welcome submissions from traditionally marginalized voices, including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and the neurodivergent

We do not currently pay our contributors; we hope to in the future


April 15
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Compass Rose Literary Journal


Compass Rose Literary Journal
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