There are presently no open calls for submissions.
Please submit only once every 3 months (ie, per quarterly issue) and only in one submission category (ie, poetry or fiction, fiction or flash). No previously published work.
Poetry: For regular submissions, please submit submit four–six poems of no more than two pages each, that give us an idea of your voice and poetic strengths. We aim to publish poetry that contains solid, riveting images, is emotionally complex, and that yields meaning beyond what is merely personal, thus having implications for others and/or society. We do not publish religious-themed poetry unless there is a marked reason for including such images or references in the poem. We admire poetry that makes an impact, whether soft or brash, that is felt in the body while reading, that is thoughtful and carefully wrought. Although we tend toward publishing free verse poems, those that use form, repetition, and rhyme scheme with unique purpose and talent are welcome, as are experimental poems if they are emotionally resonant, in addition to being intellectual or analytical. When submitting, please be sure to include your full name, address, and email address on the first page of your submission, as well as a cover letter stating any past publications or other pertinent information.
Fiction, Essays, Nonfiction: We accept works up to 15 pages double spaced, although 3000 words or fewer usually catches our eye. We like strong characters whose motivations are not always known to us but can be explained within the confines of common sense. We like surprise endings but not gimmicky ones. Any genre is accepted as long as the story is well-crafted. We have no requirements on nonfiction/essays except that they are cogent and are less than 5000 words.
Flash Fiction: We like our flash under 1500. Please read our last few issues to get an idea of our tastes. We also *love* the anthologies Sudden Fiction and New Sudden Fiction, edited by Robert Shapard; they are our Bible for flash fiction. Please read them if you haven't.