We are looking for mainstream fiction. (But we do publish science fiction, fantasy and horror from time to time, because we love to read just about anything.)

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.

Writers tend to plateau and then stay there awhile. We challenge you to write something new, something different from your usual bag of tricks. Exactly how does one go about being different? Break the rules. We’re not saying you should break the rules of good writing. Break your own rules. Stretch yourself. Go out on a limb until something snaps.

That’s easier said than done. Here are some clues regarding what we look for in a story:

Usually stories with more characters work better than stories with fewer characters. You’ll need to have a strong central character, of course. But as you write, think about which character owns each scene. Create a clear scene 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

Word Limit: We prefer stories 1,500 to 3,500 words in length. For poetry collections, send them all at one time.

Rights: You retain copyright to your story or poetry. 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.

Terms: Reprints are welcome. Multiple submissions are welcome. Simultaneous submissions are welcome. We’ll send you 5 copies of the magazine after it has been printed.

Use the form below to submit your work. Thanks.

New Story Submission