General Guidelines:

  • Flash fiction and short stories accepted
  • Up to 3 submissions, no more than 5,000 words total


  • Up to 5 poems, no more than 15 pages total


  • Creative nonfiction and personal essays accepted
  • Submit only one piece, no more than 10,000 words

 You may submit pieces for multiple categories. The maximum number of submissions per person, per issue is five. Example: 4 poems and 1 nonfiction, or 3 fiction and 2 poems.

Issue 03 Guidelines:
The theme is Borders. We are particularly interested in work concerning immigration. 

One author in each genre will receive a $50 prize.

A note on donations:
No fee is required. Donations are so very, very welcome. We hope you find the experience of receiving personalized feedback valuable enough to contribute, but also understand the struggle is real. If you wish to donate a different amount, you can do so on our homepage: 

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