We are open to new submissions in all genres from September 1 to March 31.
All accepted work will appear on our website and may appear in our subsequent print issues.
Q: What kind of stuff can I send?
A: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, lists. Especially the last three. We want more of those.
Q: Simultaneous submissions okay?
A: You bet. But you should know that if your work is accepted elsewhere and you don’t bother to withdraw it from our submission manager, your name goes on the Secret Blackball Wiki shared by every lit mag editor on the planet.
Q: How about multiple submissions? I’ll send you my whole collection, and you guys can pick which villanelle you like.
A: Send no more than 3 poems. Everything else, just send one work at a time, please. If we kick it back, you can send us something else right away.
Q: If accepted, will my work go into the print issue?
Maybe. We publish 48 pieces a year online. Twice a year we design and release print issues, which are curated from material that appeared on the web.
Q: Do you take submissions during the summer?
A: We are open to new submissions from September through March. We continue to read existing submissions from April to June. Once July hits, we put our brains in the chest freezer so we can pursue other interests.*
Q: What is your acceptance rate?
A: Our acceptance rate generally hovers around 1% or lower.
Q: How many words can I submit?
A: Depends on the category.
Poetry: up to 3 poems
Fiction or Creative Nonfiction: up to 7,500 words
Comics: up to 20 pages, JPEG, width: 850-900px, Landscape preferred
Q: Is it cool if I just send you an email with my work, or mail you a hard copy?
A: Sorry, no. We have a workflow and a team and a reading process. Thanks for understanding.