Submissions

Current Issue

Displacement

In our 14th anthology:
Who or what gets displaced? Sundered families, troubled youth, lonely elders, prisoners, immigrants, mental health workers, anyone in the path of a hurricane. Glaciers, planets, blackworms.
Read it HERE.

 

What are we looking for in submissions?
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Also see Jim Harrington's Six Questions blog.

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PROSE COLLECTIONS:
Prose collection submissions opened on May 1, 2024 with a deadline of July 15, 2024.

In 2023, we published one fiction and one creative nonfiction collection in September and December, 2023, respectively.

ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY:
Submissions for our 2024 anthology echapbook closed on 2/29/24. We released Displacement (Issue 51) on April 20.

Submissions for our 2025 anthology will open from January 1 through February 28, 2025.

MICRO PROSE:
In 2024, we are adding a new micro-prose feature. Free submissions will be open August and/or September, 2024, with a cap of 100 submissions per month. Between 5 to 10 micros will be published online in September and/or October.


GUIDELINES FOR PROSE COLLECTION SUBMISSIONS:
We are looking for emotional complexity and nuanced characters in our prose collections, whether fiction or nonfiction.

At least one-third of any collection should be previously unpublished. Include a list of any published stories or essays (and where and when they were published) in your cover letter, but not in the submitted Word doc.

Stories or essays may be flash or longer, from 500 up to 5,000 words each. We would like four to six or seven pieces (or a maximum of 20,000 words); if flash, no more than 15 pieces. Collections may also be a combination of long and short or flash. Please include total word count on the first page of your document.

Submit ONE FILE (Word doc, docx, RTF), which includes a title for the collection and a list of contents, followed by the stories or essays. DOUBLE SPACE text and use a standard font, such as Times Roman.

Please do NOT include identifying information anywhere in your manuscript, as the readings will be blind.

FICTION: Stories need not be linked, but it would  be a plus if they belong together for some reason, be it theme, location  or character/s. We will also consider novel excerpts, if the collection can stand alone. No horror, fantasy, mystery, please, unless a story transcends its genre. Speculative literary fiction is acceptable, including literary science fiction. Historical fiction is also welcome.

NONFICTION: Nonfiction narratives should belong together for some reason, be it theme, location or people. Something should have changed for the narrator or have been learned in the process of reshaping that experience.


GUIDELINES FOR ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSIONS:
We want emotional complexity and nuanced characters in prose pieces, as well as precise and telling language. Stories or essays may be flash or longer, from 500 up to 5,000 words.

For poetry: Surprise and delight us with fresh language and boundary-breaking daring. Show us something we have never seen before, but have always felt is true. Uncover or discover a new mode of expression, inextricably wed to its message. 

Submit up to three poems (no longer than a page each) or three flash fictions (500 to 1,000 words each), or one short story, novel or CNF/memoir excerpt, or a personal essay (up to 5,000 words). There are separate categories for each genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction).

Work should not have been previously published. No AI-generated or assisted writing, please.

Submit ONE FILE (Word doc or docx, RTF or ODT), which includes title (or titles, if poems or multiple flash fictions) in the file name (but do NOT include the author's name anywhere in the manuscript). 

See General Guidelines below.


GUIDELINES FOR MICRO PROSE SUBMISSIONS:
Submit ONE micro-fiction (or CNF), 200 words max (50-word minimum) on any topic. We want to read concise and powerful stories in which credible characters interact. This is not the place to submit prose poems (submit those to the anthology).

Submissions are free. Send us your best, well-polished gem of a micro!


GENERAL GUIDELINES
Please do NOT include identifying information anywhere in your manuscript, as the readings will be blind.

Your cover letter should include a bio and a list of some previous publications, though this will not be read until after we have made our selections. Bios for micros should be under 50 words. The bio for a collection submission can be as long as you please.

All selected submissions will be copy edited (including bios).

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but only one submission per author per category. Please notify Wordrunner eChapbooks if your work is accepted elsewhere. We prefer that you withdraw the submission, if need be, from your Submittable account.

Submission fee for prose collections: $8. For submissions to the anthology: $3. These fees cover our basic operational expenses and payment to authors. Our staff gladly volunteers (we are all writers, too). Micro-prose submissions are free.

Payment:
Prose collections: $125 plus 50% of any royalties for epubs.

Payment for work published in anthologies: $10 for poems, $15 to $25 for stories and essays.

There will be no payment for micro-prose.

NEW in our 48th issue. An Editors' Choice prose piece in anthologies will receive $50.

All rights revert to authors. We appreciate being credited as a first publication source.

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