There are presently no open calls for submissions.
We are now reading and accepting submissions in all genres. We will close the general Booth submission portal on March 31, 2017.
In addition to our usual genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, etc), we invite submissions to Reboot: Adventure Stories. Previously unpublished Reboot stories will be considered for publication in Booth and in a forthcoming anthology to be published by Break Away Books. You may submit a story that has been previously published and it will be be eligible for publication in the Break Away Books anthology, but not for publication in Booth. For more on Reboot, see below.
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: With poems, you can send up to 3. With everything else, just send one thing 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?
A: Maybe. We publish 50 pieces a year online. Twice a year we design and release print issues, which are curated from material that appeared on the web + a few solicited pieces.
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: How much 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.
General Submission Data
Q: How many submissions do you receive?
A: From September to March, we typically receive around 3,500 submissions, or between 15-20 per day.
Q: How many submissions do you accept?
A: Around 50 per year, or roughly 1.4%.