2020 Submission Periods
All submissions through Submittable.
February 12 – March 25 (issue 16)
*free submissions closed early due to Submittable limits – expedited submissions still open until March 25*
May 18 – June 26 (issue 17)
August 31 – October 9 (issue 18)
- Read our past issues to see what we like.
- Please do not submit the same piece to multiple categories.
- Please review your piece carefully before submitting – every time we receive a submission that is withdrawn for resubmittal, it counts towards our overall per-month submittal count. If you notice a small mistake, let us know. Otherwise, please do not attempt to resubmit.
- We pay $10/contributor via PayPal.
- If we publish your work, wait one calendar year before submitting again.
- If we decline your work, please wait until the next submission period to submit again (don’t submit within the same issue’s reading period)
- Simultaneous submissions are fine, just keep us in the loop. Withdraw your work (congrats!) or leave us a comment in Submittable.
- Previously published work cannot be considered (this include blogs, Facebook, Wattpad, etc).
- We retain first serial rights on work we accept and then all rights revert to the author. If the work is reprinted, we ask that Third Point Press be acknowledged as the place of initial publication.
Expedited Reading ($5)
If you use the expedited reading option in Submittable for poetry or fiction, we’ll put your work at the very top of our reading pile. You won’t get anything more than that (no preferential treatment, no instant acceptance). Think of it as a way of patting us on the back while satisfying that urge to avoid waiting in line.
Feedback Option ($7)
You can also choose the feedback option when submitting. This simply ensures that we will provide our thoughts explaining what we liked, didn’t like, and thought could be improved on in your work. Feedback submissions are available for a limited time during our open reading periods to ensure our editors have time to read and comment.
- Send a short story up to 3,500 words or up to 3 flash pieces (each of which should not exceed 1,000 words).
- Do not send an excerpt of longer works unless it can absolutely stand on its own.
- At this time, we do not consider work in translation.
- Submit all of your work in a single file, use clear page breaks between pieces, and clearly identify each title in the title area of Submittable (Title A/Title B/Title C).
- Please use a standard font and double space your submission.
What to Submit:
It’s pretty easy to tell you how to format your submissions. What’s tough is trying to convey what we want to see, what makes us say, “this!” We love character-driven stories that possess a strong sense of language, no matter the genre. In considering what makes a story a good fit for us, we look to Roxane Gay and Kelly Link, who’ve both mentioned how a writer’s obsessions not only generate strong story ideas, but are also the source of a writer’s distinct voice. We want to hear yours.
- Send up to 5 poems in a standard font.
- Submit all of your poems in a single file
- Make sure to check your work for errors. This is even more important with poetry. We want your work to look exactly like you mean it to look.