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We want stories that are well written, intelligent, and enjoyable to read. We are looking for stories with metaphors and emotional content and imaginative descriptive writing.

Send us your best. Read some of our stories first. Contact us if you have any questions.

Here are some clues regarding what we look for in a story:

Usually stories with more characters work better than stories with fewer characters. As you write, create clear scenes with imaginative writing but not too much exposition. While action and dialog lead to exciting writing, descriptive writing will play an important role in giving your story skin.

…and then, there’s this:

If your work is accepted, it’ll be put in the online edition of Longshot Island as a part of our short list. Best stories that appear online will go into the quarterly magazines. 

We send the magazines to the O. Henry Prize. At the end of the year, the best stories from the magazines go in a book and the best stories in the book are sent to the Pushcart Prize.

As you can see, we’re more interested in helping you get recognition than we are in making money. It’s the validation that you’re one of the great writers that matters.


Submission Guidelines for Fiction

Word Limit: We prefer stories 1,000 to 5,000 words in length.

Terms: We don’t charge for submissions. We offer you 5 printed copies of the magazine if your story makes it into print. Reprints are welcome. Multiple submissions are welcome. Simultaneous submissions are welcome.

Rights: You retain copyright to your story. We retain copyright to the publication. In other words, we want one-time, non-exclusive rights to your work. You’ll be free to reprint your story anywhere, anytime.

Submission Guidelines for Poetry, Vignettes, Nonfiction, Reviews, Interviews and Art

Send us what you’ve got and we’ll talk about it.


Use the form below to submit your work. Thanks.

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