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Submission Guidelines

We are open for contest submissions (for Issue 21, due out May 2019).

When we reopen for normal submissions in a month or two, note that our minor fee ($2) exists for what we think is a killer reason: not only do our contest winners get paid, but all our authors get paid (no less than $40).

The Basics

  • We publish contemporary literary fiction and poetry.
  • (Literary does not imply ‘realism’ or that we won’t happily consider genre-based work.)
  • Never previously published.
  • Submissions: one story at a time, up to five poems.
  • Fiction: we’ll happily consider longer pieces, but we rarely go beyond 5000 words.
  • We nominate what we consider our strongest works for inclusion in the Pushcart Prize anthology.
  • Authors receive free contributor copies and a discount on additional copies.
  • We receive first North American Serial rights; after, all rights revert to author (online samples are only put up with author permission).
  • We only accept submissions via our online system; snail-mail submissions will be recycled.

We usually take 3-6 months (sometimes longer, sorry!) in responding to submissions, but we give everything a good read. For submissions we’re using Submittable — thanks to the makers there and their great system.