Thank you for your interest in submitting to F(r)iction!

Categories Accepted

  • Short stories: 1,001 – 7,500 words
  • Creative nonfiction: up to 6,500 words
  • Flash fiction: (up to three pieces in the same document) up to 1,000 words per piece
  • Poetry: (up to five poems in the same document) up the three pages per poem

Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission.

What We Look For in Submissions

Our editors have drafted up this fantastic page on our website to share what we look for in our submissions. We strongly recommend you read this and check out the examples before submitting to get an idea of our general publishing aesthetic. 

We also highly recommend checking out a past issue of F(r)iction. We have several pieces available online, but there’s nothing like holding a glossy, full-color issue in your hands. You can check out all of our issues in our shop

Our Submission Guidelines

We accept work, written in English, from anywhere in the world—regardless of genre, style, or origin—and welcome speculative writing and experimental literature. 

We read all submissions anonymously. Please include your name and contact information in your cover letter only and remove any identifying information from both the submitted manuscript and the file name as well. 

We accept, and encourage, simultaneous submissions and only ask that you withdraw your piece(s) using Submittable upon acceptance elsewhere. 

There is a small reading fee for general F(r)iction submissions ($2.50), but authors accepted will be awarded payment for their work. Our staff is almost entirely comprised of volunteers, so this fee goes toward paying all the contributors who are printed in our beautiful pages. F(r)iction pays contributors $10 per final printed page, plus two contributor copies. 

We edit every piece accepted for publication; for this collaborative process we will pair you with one of our Senior Editors. All our editors have been trained to help guide the development of each piece to reach its fullest potential in keeping with the author’s vision. This does not mean we will take on a wild jumble of words and half-formed musings. But it does mean that we value your work and want to help each piece to be as unforgettable as possible. 

We respond to every submission as quickly as possible, usually within one or two months.

For our nineteenth issue, F(r)iction is seeking work related to the theme of ARCANA.

We want mysterious. We want alchemy. We want forgotten knowledge. But not just in the cast iron pot hanging over the fire in the shack beyond town. Send us your witches in space, your future religions, your local minor gods, your drifting astronaut rituals. Send us your poems, your spells, your incantations. Send us your nonfiction about magic in the real world. Send us those stories that were never meant to be told. Tear back the veil and show us all the sorcery we wish we would have known. 

For this themed submission call, we are accepting all our usual categories:

  • Short stories: up to 7,500 words
  • Creative nonfiction: up to 6,500 words
  • Flash fiction: (up to three pieces in the same document) up to 1,000 words per piece
  • Poetry: (up to three poems in the same document) up to three pages per poem

Please include the category in the title of your submission (e.g.: Gladys Learns to Fly, Short Story). 

Please also ensure you have read the Submission guidelines at the top of our Submittable page.

Thank you for your interest in submitting to F(r)iction! Before submitting your short fiction, please ensure you have read the Submission guidelines at the top of our Submittable page.


Thank you for your interest in submitting to F(r)iction! Before submitting your flash fiction, please ensure you have read the Submission guidelines at the top of our Submittable page.

Thank you for your interest in submitting to F(r)iction! Before submitting your poetry, please ensure you have read the Submission guidelines at the top of our Submittable page.

Thank you for your interest in submitting to F(r)iction! Before submitting your creative nonfiction, please ensure you have read the Submission guidelines at the top of our Submittable page.

Please only submit using this category if you have been explicitly invited to by a member of our staff. This category allows select authors the chance to resubmit a redrafted version of a piece we originally declined free of charge. 

Please include your original title (in the case you changed that) and date of your first submission in your cover letter; this will help us keep track of its progress.

Note: Submitting a revision does not guarantee acceptance; it is read, vetted, and discussed using the same process.


If you use this category and were not invited to re-submit, your submission will be declined. 

We love our F(r)iction family (seriously, why don't you call us more?) and all we want is to shout from the social media rooftops about all your accomplishments like the proud relatives we are.

So here's your chance to help us brag about you! If you've been previously published in F(r)iction (either in print or online), we would LOVE to hear about what's been happening in your writing career. Let us share the news with all our followers on social media. Please. We miss you.

Love,

Your F(r)iction Family

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