General Guidelines:

Please include a short, 3-5 sentence, third person bio on the first page of your submission.


  • 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 04 Guidelines:
 The theme is Psych. We are particularly interested in work concerning mental health that avoids stigma and sensationalism. We don't want Arkham Asylum (stigma) and Jeffrey Dahmer (sensationalism). Topics such as trauma, addiction, grief, stress, and diagnosed disorders all fall under the umbrella of mental health.

 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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