WE ARE CLOSED TO FICTION FOR 2017 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. FULL FOR 2017. 2018 TBD.

We are still open to poetry.

[NOTE
: IF WE ARE CLOSED it means we've hit the 300 submission maximum. Please try us again next month. Typically we close within 24 hours of opening, so be sure to submit early. We open at 12:01 AM CST on the first of each month, unless otherwise noted.]

We will publish neo-noir, speculative fiction with a literary bent. Primarily we are seeking short stories, but we are also looking for poetry and non-fiction. We pay ten cents a word for original fiction and non-fiction, three cents a word for reprints. Poetry is typically $15-25, depending on the length. We accept stories from 500 to 2,000 words (flash fiction) and 2,001 to 5,000 words (short fiction). We are focused on the following genres: fantasy, science fiction, horror, crime, neo-noir, magical realism, Southern gothic, new weird, bizarro, and transgressive—all with a literary bent. Do not send us anything that might be considered "classic" within these genres, or expected. Humor and satire are hard sells, but we've taken it in the past. Avoid gratuitous violence and gore, misogyny, rape, and molestation. Simultaneous submissions are okay, multiple submissions in the same category are not (outside of poetry). You MAY send one piece for new fiction AND reprint fiction, for example. Also, we are actively seeking and open to a wide range of authors, diversity is important to us, so whatever your sex, race, orientation, religion, country of origin, current location, age, experience, etc.—send us your work, we want to read it. Please remove all identifying information from your writing, as we read blind. Also, formatting should be Times New Roman (or similar font), 12 point, single-spaced, one-inch margins, and for the web (hard returns between paragraphs, no indentations). Cover letters may include personal information, including bios. REPRINTS CANNOT BE ONLINE ANYWHERE.

We want to read your best work! Send us your dark, your gritty, your brave, irreverent, off-kilter poems from the shadows. Surprise us. Make us love you. Break our hearts. No rules about length or form—send formal, free, or hybrid verse. We pay $25 per original poem (previously unpublished). This rate is for poems up to 50 lines. Longer poems pay somewhat more. Please submit up to FIVE poems at a time in a single file, and do not send more until you have heard back from us. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please be courteous and withdraw your submission or send an email (heathergamut@gmail.com) if one or more of your poems finds a home elsewhere before we’ve replied to your submission. PLEASE REMOVE ALL IDENTIFIERS (name, email, address, phone number, bio) from your document. We read all submissions blind. 

We want to read your best work! Send us your dark, your gritty, your brave, irreverent, off-kilter poems from the shadows. Surprise us. Make us love you. Break our hearts. No rules about length or form—send formal, free, or hybrid verse. We pay $15 per reprint (reprints from print sources ONLY; no pieces which have previously appeared anywhere online, including your blog, Facebook, etc.). This rate is for poems up to 50 lines. Longer poems pay somewhat more. Please submit up to FIVE poems at a time in a single file, and do not send more until you have heard back from us. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please be courteous and withdraw your submission or send an email (heathergamut@gmail.com) if one or more of your poems finds a home elsewhere before we’ve replied to your submission. PLEASE REMOVE ALL IDENTIFIERS (name, email, address, phone number, bio) from your document. We read all submissions blind. THESE POEMS CANNOT BE ONLINE ANYWHERE.