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Content: Mostly fiction, poetry, and essays, but open to almost anything. Humor. Beautiful things. Tragickal things. Quixotic and never mundane. Polished with no MFA signature. Send us poems with a strong narrative/rhetorical/metrical structure or druglike metaphors—stuff that hypnotizes with screen-rattling propulsion and truthfulness when read aloud. Don’t send us a haiku about your abortion.
Responses: We aim to respond to submissions with a few weeks. Sometimes we simply pass, in which case don’t immediately paste in a new submission (we’re not a starving child, and you’re not the lunch lady [unless you are]). Sometimes we ask to see other shards of your creative matrix or suggest revisions. We never give form responses. If you’re looking for a yes-or-no response, then prepare a credit card with $3 and click here. If we accept your work, it’ll likely be posted within two months. Please don’t try to “schedule” the publication date for us.
Apology: Rejecting decent-enough work by people we respect makes us feel like shit, but we must. Posting stuff that doesn’t get us off poisons the root system and shrivels our enthusiasm. But we’ll try to make it work, and some of the best moments on the site have stemmed from revisions or us asking, “Got anything else?”
Museum Pieces: You might have a billowing appendage of vocabulary and a brain attuned to boredom, but we’re not into difficulty contests. Some works are so impressive that they demand to be put behind glass and not actually read.
Books: We’re publishing two titles in Q2–Q3 2020. If you have a manuscript you want to show us, you should a) reach out and consider submitting to the blog first and b) wait for the publication of these titles to see what direction we’re taking. Please don’t c) drop a contextless 300-p manuscript. Putting out a book is like having a baby and we don’t want to be a surrogate. (If you’re the ideal lurker and know exactly what you’re doing and what we’re doing, then by all means reach out, but otherwise it’s probably not for us.)
Artwork: We make original images or heavy adaptations of existing ones according to our interpretation of works. If we agree to feature your work and you have preferences about the artwork, we’ll take those into consideration. However, we will post what we decide and won’t do second takes.
Vetting: We don’t have the resources or inclination to hire a data-mining psychiatrist-cum-P.I. to vet people. Although we don’t strive to irradiate anyone’s zen, our mission of facilitating interesting literature does not intersect with witch-burning randos over a microdose of wrongthink. While we don’t traffic in shock culture, we’re not allergic to the kind of controversial work that doubles as a tonic.