CURRENT THEME (Deadline January 71, 2017): Innovation.

In Layman’s Terms seeks poetry, nonfiction, visual art, and photography that showcase stories of innovation found in the natural world, or by humans. We want to know how technology helps and hurts. We want artistic ways of dealing with strange problems, like raccoons flipping over experiments instead of solving them as researchers intended. We want to hear about how bees fight off intruders with coordinated dances. Send us your best work that inspires the curious mind and reminds us just how much we still have to learn.

General Guidelines

In Layman's Terms is an online literary journal that aims to inspire an engagement and appreciation of science, technology, and the natural world.

Key Points:

  • While a research component is encouraged, please keep in mind the goal of accessibility and readability–we are not looking for academic-style writing, but rather an interpretation of data into art. 
  • Please pay attention to the additional instructions and text fields on the submissions page. 

  • Include all written submissions in a single document.

  • We accept only previously unpublished written work (we do not consider private blogs or websites in which a login is required for viewing to be previously published). Previously published photography or visual art will be considered.

  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, so long as you let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

  • Please refrain from submitting additional work until you have heard back from us regarding pending submissions.

  • There is no fee to submit. We offer payment by way of publishing accepted work. 

  • You should expect to hear back from us within a month of the submission deadline or sooner. Please do not query to ask if we have received your submission. The status of your submission will be available through Submittable. 

  • We ask for first internet serial rights to publish your submitted work online. The author retains all other rights.


Thank you for sharing your work with In Layman's Terms!

Ends on January 7, 2018

CURRENT THEME (Deadline January 71, 2017): Innovation.

In Layman’s Terms seeks poetry, nonfiction, visual art, and photography that showcase stories of innovation found in the natural world, or by humans. We want to know how technology helps and hurts. We want artistic ways of dealing with strange problems, like raccoons flipping over experiments instead of solving them as researchers intended. We want to hear about how bees fight off intruders with coordinated dances. Send us your best work that inspires the curious mind and reminds us just how much we still have to learn.

lay·man

/ˈlāmən/
noun
:  a person who does not belong to a particular profession or who is not expert in some field

Need some inspiration? Consider that Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring helped the public understand and reject the destruction caused by widespread use of DDT. Sy Montgomery’s Birdology inspires wonder and curiosity in each chapter dedicated to highlighting unique qualities embodied by different species of birds.

We want poetry and creative nonfiction that is accessible not only to the most enthusiastic and established readers (and scientists), but also for the average person who may otherwise be more likely to see poetry or the personal essay as a challenge to be conquered, or a puzzle to be worked out. 

While works should be based on scientific fact and a research component is welcome, we are not looking for academic writing.

Ends on January 7, 2018
In general, we want art and photography that showcases ingenious.solutions, contraptions, and structures, whether human or nature-made. From duct tape to tool use by New Caledonian crows, we want to know about inventive solutions to problems.

Submissions can be specific or abstract in nature, but please ensure that they are of quality and relevant to the theme.

Please submit up to 5 images at a time relating to the current theme of Innovation & Invention for our upcoming issue. 

Ends on January 7, 2018

CURRENT THEME (Deadline January 71, 2017): Innovation.
In Layman’s Terms seeks poetry, nonfiction, visual art, and photography that showcase stories of innovation found in the natural world, or by humans. We want to know how technology helps and hurts. We want artistic ways of dealing with strange problems, like raccoons flipping over experiments instead of solving them as researchers intended. We want to hear about how bees fight off intruders with coordinated dances. Send us your best work that inspires the curious mind and reminds us just how much we still have to learn.

lay·man

/ˈlāmən/
noun
:  a person who does not belong to a particular profession or who is not expert in some field

Need some inspiration? Consider that Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring helped the public understand and reject the destruction caused by widespread use of DDT. Sy Montgomery’s Birdology inspires wonder and curiosity in each chapter dedicated to highlighting unique qualities embodied by different species of birds.

We want poetry and creative nonfiction that is accessible not only to the most enthusiastic and established readers (and scientists), but also for the average person who may otherwise be more likely to see poetry or the personal essay as a challenge to be conquered, or a puzzle to be worked out. 

While works should be based on scientific fact and a research component is welcome, we are not looking for academic writing.