General Submission Guidelines
- For anthologies, please submit only unpublished work.
- We insist on PDF files.
- Please include only ONE piece per submission file (chapbooks excepted).
- Be sure that your Submittable profile includes your full name, address and telephone information, or include these items in the submission page's Message section.
- Biographical information is welcome.
- We will read a maximum of 3 submissions per author.
For this collection, we are looking for pieces of any genre that contain twists. Surprises can occur anywhere throughout the narrative and can take on many different forms, but they all have one thing in common: the capacity to shock. The more mind-bending, the better. We want a tangled narrative that can still be riveting, even if the reader is holding an anthology with the word “Twisted” printed on its cover.
In this anthology, we are seeking works that mask/masque themselves in the form of something else. For example, things like receipts, lease documents, and art exhibit catalog entries can contain stories within them while also functioning as what they are. Similarly, letters, elementary school essays, and personal ads can tell more than one story at the same time. Here are a few more possibilities: product reviews, instructions, police reports, journals, and interview transcripts. NB: A story turned into a Twitter feed is a cliche at this point.
We are open to any genre. Graphic elements are welcome as past of a narrative/discursive thread. The ideal submission takes integrity, as well as content into account. There are no length limits.
The brief piece below is an example of the types of masquerading narratives we seek:
Reminders for the house-sitter:
- Help yourself to any food in the house.
- WiFi Password: 123-xyz
- Feed Lilly twice a day using the canned food on top of the kitchen counter.
- Take Lilly on a walk when she starts scratching at the front door.
- Don't forget to shut the gate when you let Lilly outside.
- Pay no attention to any noises coming from the cabinet in the pantry.
- If you have free time, coat the cabinet with more white paint.
- When you notice the garlic hanging on the cabinet's knob turning brown, pick up some fresh heads at Tito's Market while you're on a walk with Lilly.
- Lilly's collar and leash are inside the cabinet in the pantry.
We seek compelling short works for our third microtext anthology. We are looking for flash fiction (any genre), brief creative nonfiction and very short poems. This work will be produced as a limited edition miniature book. Our word limit is 750 words.
There is no theme for this anthology, and all genres and approaches are welcome. We agree with microfiction writer Joseph Young when he describes microfiction as work that “need[s] to use language, description, dialogue, character to tell a story that can’t be told any other way. It’s not just compression, and it’s not just leaving things out, background info on characters or such. Microfiction needs to carve out whole worlds in a space small enough to fit the eye. You look, just once, and there the whole story is, on the page.” This description applies to the kind of writing we'd like to publish, whether it be fiction, nonfiction or poetry.