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Content: Mostly fiction, but open to almost anything. Images should be in landscape form.
Style: Humor. Beautiful things. Tragickal things. Unpredictable/quixotic as opposed to mundane/pity-seeking. Polished, but with no MFA signature.
Length: Prefer stories 5,000 words or less. It’s harder to be longer.
Response Time: A few weeks. If rejected, don’t immediately paste in a new submission (we’re not a starving child, and you’re not the lunch lady [unless you are]).
Revision: We’re happy to suggest revisions and work with (or even co-create with) authors.
Response Type: For rejected works, we aim to give feedback. Where detailed feedback is impractical, we think it’s nicer to reject something with a vague, cheesy reason—or maybe a specific but bad reason—rather than offer a psy-op form rejection that makes you wonder if your work was read (probably not) and whether you’re getting a standard form letter or a “special” one. (Plus, feedback is the kind of “labor” that could be cringingly called a service to literature—not making a Christmas donation to [redacted] magazine.) In this culturo-literary hellscape, we see no point in operating at a large, impersonal scale.
Artwork: We tend to 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 on and won’t do second takes.
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.
Poetry: It might seem evil to say that poets are second-class citizens at Tragickal, but this is much higher than society rates them. Just because we would quarantine most contemporary poetry doesn’t mean we don’t long for poets to return from exile and reclaim the throne of aesthetics. Send us poems that have a strong narrative/rhetorical/metrical structure or druglike metaphors—stuff that hypnotizes with screen-rattling propulsion and truthfulness when read aloud.
Vetting: We don’t have the resources or inclination to hire a data-mining psychiatrist to vet fans or writers associated with the site. 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. Don’t send us a message saying, “Hey, I really like ur site and want to submit!!! But activism is really close to my ♡ ♡ and I just want to know, do u believe everything in x, y, and z? Sorry to bother u but itz important!!” Please. Don’t. We follow no ideological 1-drop rule. If you’re conflicted, then check out our archives. While we don’t traffic in shock culture, we’re not allergic to the kind of controversial work that doubles as a tonic.