Guidelines

Please review our guidelines. It’ll make us super happy (and way more likely to publish your brilliant writing).
  • You can submit work in one category per submission period. Please include your name, pronouns, and any relevant content warnings on the first page of your submission.
  • We prioritize #OwnVoices submissions, so if your work centers the knowledge or experience of a marginalized group, please also include an identity statement on the first page so we know your relationship to that group.
  • Generally, we only accept unpublished work. However, if you pulled your work because of harassment or bigotry, we’d like to consider it. Please explain your work’s publication history (to the extent that you’re comfortable) on the first page of your submission.
  • We’ve pledged with VIDA’s #saferLIT campaign. This means we don’t tolerate or accept anti-Semitism, racism, sexism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, fatphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, or stories that in any way perpetuate negative stereotypes.
  • We’re happy to accept simultaneous submissions, but if your work is published elsewhere, please let us know and withdraw your work in Submittable.
  • We take one-time nonexclusive electronic rights and archival rights to your work. At this time we don’t provide contracts. By submitting to us, you’re agreeing to the above terms.

Genres

Fiction

Please submit only one of the following in a single document:

  • 1 – 3 micros (up to 500 words each)
  • 1 piece (up to 5,000 words)

Creative Nonfiction

Please submit only one of the following in a single document:

  • 1 – 3 micros (up to 500 words each)
  • 1 piece (up to 5,000 words)

Poetry

Please submit 1 – 3 poems in a single document.


Hybrid

We accept hybrids in PDF, PNG, or JPG format. Please submit only one of the following in a single document:

  • 1 – 3 image-prose micros (up to 500 words each)
  • 1 longer image-prose (up to 5,000 words)
  • 1 – 3 image-poems

FAQs

What happens after my work is accepted?

We party! And then we edit. Accepted pieces may be subject to developmental and/or copy edits. Editing is a collaborative process with the author, and we won’t make any major changes without your approval.

When can I submit my work again?

  • If we just accepted your work, please wait 6 months before submitting work to us again. We probably love everything else you write, too, and we want to give everyone a fair shake.
  • If we didn’t accept your work this time, we sincerely hope you’ll send us something new during our next submissions cycle.

When will I hear back about my submission status?

We’ll respond within 3 – 4 months. We consider each submission carefully, and this time period ensures that your work gets the attention it deserves.