We are looking for creative work that discusses the many different or strange things people do to make money keep the lights on, whether it be mundane and slow or unusual and hectic.
Please read carefully before sending your work. We appreciate that.
Fiction and Nonfiction/Essay
Please submit work up to 3,000 words in length. Flash submissions accepted. Please submit only one piece at a time, though if you are sending flash you may send up to three. Double spaced, Times New Roman or a similar font preferred.
In a single document, please send up to five poems, no more than ten pages. Single spaced, Times New Roman or a similar font preferred. While we will still accept poetry of any format, note that unusual spacing can be difficult to perfect on our platform, so keep that in mind when submitting.
Feel free to send any sort of creative work you have, whether it be a photo essay, a short documentary, comics, etc. If it doesn't fall under one of the categories above, you can probably share it here.
In the body of your email, please include:
We have rolling submissions!
A new issue is published quarterly, during the last weeks of March, June, September, and December. To assure that your submission is considered for the next issue, be sure to have your submission in by the beginning of that month. For more accurate and specific dates, follow us on Twitter.
Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
If we choose to publish your work, we ask to reserve first time publication rights, and upon publication the rights then revert back to you. If you republish something you've published with us, we'd love it if you mentioned that the piece first appeared here. Additionally, if we accept work from you, please consider waiting at least six months before submitting again.
We do not accept previously published work.
Make sure to clarify what you are submitting in the subject line (e.g. Fiction Submission - "Title of Work") and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also email us with any questions, comments, and concerns, or cool and important things, like compliments.
We look forward to reading your work!
Unfortunately, we are not currently a paying market, but hope to be in the future.
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