Here at FD, we don’t have conventional “reading periods” like most other places do. We keep an open door policy for as long as we can, but eventually, we will get too backed up to justify taking more submissions. When that happens, we’ll let you know. While submissions are open, these are the general guidelines that we go by:
Short Story: 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Flash Fiction: Up to 1,000 words.
Non-Fiction: Up to 5,000 words.
Poetry: Up to 5 pieces in a single file.
Reviews: At least 500 words.
Accepted Formats: DOC, DOCX, RTF, ZIP
File Size Limit: 10MB
We accept articles on writing as well as actual pieces of writing, but there are no set criteria for this section. If you’ve written for writing magazines with a focus on craft (writing styles, editing) or post-writing (marketing, pitching) then please pitch us your ideas for articles. We won’t accept articles that have been printed before, but if you have an idea similar to any you (or we) have published before and you want to spin it a bit, pitch it to us and we’ll see where it lands. Take this as an example.
We accept essays and other prose about current issues, including politics and religion (as long as the piece is tasteful), as well as book and film reviews. We do not discriminate between parties or religions and all voices will be considered.
Reviews must be at least 500 words and well-researched. We don’t accept single-paragraph Amazon-style reviews. For a good example, look here. Essays must follow the MLA format for consistency across all issues.
Simultaneous submissions are encouraged as long as we’re notified immediately if the work is selected for publication elsewhere. All work should be previously unpublished. Cover letters:
- Should include an exact word count (“around 3000” won’t fly)
- A third person biography (50 words or less) with a brief publication history (if applicable)
- When we say brief, we mean three references at most. We want a bio that’s about you, not just a shouting of how many places you’ve been published. If more than three are included we will trim them down at our own discretion.
If you decide you don’t feel like writing a cover letter or if you don’t complete it to these specifications, you will not be considered for publication.
Please format your subject line as follows: (#) Name – Title (Word Count)
Replace # with F for Fiction, NF for Non-Fiction, P for Poetry, or R for Review.
If your submission isn’t properly formatted or doesn’t include the necessary things asked for, it will not be considered. When you’re ready to submit, fill out the contact form below.