Submissions are OPEN!
We welcome flash fiction, short stories, nonfiction, and poetry submissions by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please follow the guidelines listed below for each submission category.
All submissions should be 1.5- or double-spaced, in a sensible font, pages numbered, and include the word count. Read this article (William Shunn manuscript format) for further guidance. Feel free to peruse our fiction and non-fiction pages to discern the kind of writing that interests us. Why not check out our writing lessons while you’re at it? Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
**IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ**
We advise that you proofread and edit all work before submitting. We may suggest edits, cuts, and/or revisions if we choose to publish your work on the site. If we decide not to publish, we will endeavour to provide you with critical feedback. Our feedback is unflinching, but don’t take it personally. Nobody wants to be mollycoddled. We only wish to spur you on towards success.
Writing is both a solitary and collaborative practice, although you may not agree with all our suggestions. That’s perfectly fine. It’s your story. But please don’t attack us if we think your work needs… more work.
Nobody really knows anything about writing, but if the story falls flat, then that’s that. You’ve lost the reader. Game over. Nothing is ever really finished, only ever just good enough, and we all learn best through failure. (Harsh word, but it’s absolutely true). Think of your work as a nice juicy steak. You’d be disappointed if it were undercooked.
Finally, be sure to download the edited Word Document we send back to you as our comments may not appear in the preview. Voice your concerns politely (we don’t appreciate passive-aggressive emails) and feel free to ask questions. Our feedback is open to discussion, and always remember, you can’t please everyone. You can’t expect others to understand your artistic intentions right off the bat. Writing is a matter of taste, so if the reader doesn’t engage with what you’ve written, there’s either more work to be done, or maybe they’re just not your audience.
Please send a query, including your completed flash fiction, a brief synopsis, and your bio. Should Sirius approve, we’ll get back to you ASAP.
Tips: Flash fiction should hold to a single idea. Try to create the illusion of inner life and hidden depth by leaving gaps or hinting at something behind the curtain. Stories demand action, although inaction can be equally compelling. Don’t sacrifice juicy plot or character details for the sake of brevity. Your protagonist should always want something. Your story must have a goal and something must happen (however big or small) that drives the story towards or away from it. Don’t forget to reach a satisfying denouement. A joke isn’t funny without a punchline.
Word counts for flash fiction should fall between 100 and 1000 words. Submit any longer work as a short story. If you wish to submit microfiction, feel free to send us maximum three pieces at a time. Check out our dedicated flash fiction page for inspiration.
Please send a query, including the full short story, a one-page synopsis, and a short bio about yourself.
Tips: The best short stories strike a balance between brevity, immersion, and theme. Hook readers with an interesting narrative voice, energise the text with precise description, maintain the illusion with consistent logic, and be sure not to rattle the reader’s immersion. If the reader has to stop reading because they don’t know what’s happening, where, when, why, or to whom, then they won’t wish to read on.
Keep a tight focus on your story’s objective or central emotion. Ensure your characters have depth and personality and meaningful experiences and/or interactions. Moreover, all writing is transactional, and early on you should make a promise, a pledge as to the kind of story it is; you must make good on that promise by the story’s end, or else your readers will feel they have been short-changed. Use the reader’s time in such a way that they won’t feel it was wasted. Every tragedy needs catharsis.
On the other hand, creativity is little more than a pack of apes throwing crap at the wall, so do whatever you like and see what sticks!
We can only consider short stories of 2000 words or less. (Sirius has bad eyesight and can’t read for very long.) We accept writing in any genre or style, so don’t hold back.
Please send a query, including your poem(s), your bio, and a synopsis containing details of the following:
- Subject/theme e.g. grief, love, nature, mortality, etc.
- Style (Shakespearean sonnet, free verse, prose poem, haiku, etc.)
- Metre (iambic pentameter, trochaic tetrameter, etc.)
- Persona (the voice in the poem)
- Rhyme scheme (if applicable; not all poems rhyme)
- Verse count
- Mood (the primary emotion in the poem)
We love poetry as much as fiction and we’re happy to consider just about anything.
Articles | Essays | Reviews
Please send a query, including the finished article (or a proposal detailing the subject matter), a brief synopsis, and a bio about yourself.
Please keep articles and reviews to a manageable length (up to 3000 words — flexible). We will gladly consider any pieces with a focus on literature, art, cinema, philosophy, history, personal experience, or memoir.
Try to maintain an objective style, while ensuring your work has a suitable literary bent, and, most importantly… make it interesting!