General Submission FAQs
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, 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?
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: What is your acceptance rate?
A: Our acceptance rate is typically lower than 1%, though during the 2016-17 submission period, the acceptance rate was around 1.75%.
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
Q: Is it cool if I just send you an email with my work, or mail you a hard copy?
A: Sorry, no. We have a workflow and a team and a process.
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, which is often between 1% - 2%.
JPEG, width: 850-900px, Landscape preferred
If submitting more than 1 image, please include them all in a single zip file.
Include up to 3 poems in a single document. Please add a note to your submissions should a specific poem get accepted elsewhere.