Submissions deadline: 31st July 2021
Short Fiction Journal is a high-quality online journal publishing some of the finest short stories from around the world. Many of our authors are long celebrated; others we’ll take credit for as our discovery. We also publish original art work, as we enjoy the possibilities of dialogue between literature and the visual arts, and want to support all forms of artistic practice. The journal is run by Ruby Cowling, whose collection This Paradise was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and longlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2020, and a team of editors. We have wide-ranging tastes and have happily published traditional character-driven stories next to non-conformist work of extraordinary innovation. Our current submissions window runs from June 1 to July 31, and we’re accepting fiction of between 500 and 5000 word.
Before you submit, please note the following guidelines:
1. We accept fiction between 500 and 5,000 words.* We have wide-ranging tastes and have happily published traditional character-driven stories next to non-conformist work of extraordinary innovation. We admire and love poets and memoirists, but can’t accept poetry or life writing. The boundaries can be blurred in hybrid forms and that’s great; if you feel your hybrid piece qualifies as fiction, send it in. We might disagree in the end, but we’ll admire your bravado.
2. Format: Please use a widely accessible format such as .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf or .odt. Use a standard font like Times New Roman or Calibri or Arial, 11/12pt – unless the story itself dictates different formatting. You can include page numbers or not, double-space or not, but please give us reasonable margins. Just make it readable.
3. Include in your brief Submittable cover letter:
a) the title of your story and its rough word count;
b) a short bio;
c) [only if the story has been previously published], the name and year of the print publication in which it appeared.
4. No multiple submissions – please only submit one story at a time, and don’t send more until you have a response from us. This should come within two months – after this, do nudge us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Simultaneous submissions (i.e. you’re sending a piece to us while it’s also being considered by other magazines or competitions) are absolutely fine. However, please, please, withdraw your submission via Submittable if your piece is accepted elsewhere. We’ll be really happy for you, and it saves us the pain of reading, discussing, and making space for a story that then turns out to be unavailable.
6. Work that has been published online, or is available anywhere else digitally, is NOT accepted. Even if there’s a paywall (sorry). We DO consider work that has been previously published in a print medium with fewer than 5,000 subscribers or sales.
7. Work should be in English (or, at least, a form of that language that’s been deliberately altered for artistic reasons). We can’t accept foreign-language submissions.
8. The Editors’ decision is final, and we can’t provide feedback (unless you’re using the paid Critique Service).
9. YES, WE PAY. Payment is 2p (£0.02) per word, to the nearest 100 words, with a minimum of £30 and maximum £100, paid via PayPal. (For those without a PayPal account, we can work out an alternative method of payment.)
10. We accept submissions from the UK, Europe, the Commonwealth and every other country except for the United States of America. We are sorry to exclude the excellent work of our US friends, but in order to manage the volume of submissions, we’ve had to close this door.
See here for further information.