Submissions Guidelines

Submissions are closed until the 2023 reading period.

“Rural Route,” by K.L. Johnston

Guidelines from 2022, for reference

New this year! We pay a token honorarium upon publication in the magazine. We also support our contributors and nominate them for literary awards such as The Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, Best of the Net, Best New Poets, and more.

We will also be choosing one SCWA member writer and one marginalized (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, neurodiverse, disabled) writer to receive a $50 prize and special mention in the magazine. These writers will be auto-nominated for the relevant awards for their genres. If you are a marginalized writer, please mention this in your cover letter. You do not need to disclose your exact identity to us. SCWA members should submit in the relevant category and/or check the box on the Submittable form.

Also new this year! We are offering expedited submission decisions for all categories. All proceeds benefit the magazine and go towards paying writers their honoraria.

We are open in the following categories:

  • Short Fiction – up to 5000 words; or 3 flash pieces up to 1000 words.
  • Book Chapter – up to 5000 words plus synopsis/context of up to 300 words.
  • Creative Nonfiction –  up to 5000 words; or 3 flash essays up to 1000 words.
  • Poetry – up to 3 poems per submission.
  • Cover Art – high resolution please.

You may submit once per genre at a time. Please wait for a response before submitting again in that category. We are open to a wide variety of submissions including literary and genre pieces or excerpts.

We only accept unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but the editors request you inform them if the work is accepted elsewhere. You can message us on Submittable to withdraw individual pieces, or withdraw through Submittable if your entire submission has become unavailable.

We can’t wait to read your work!

The Editors, Maria S. Picone and Yvette R. Murray

Note: TPR and The Editors reserve the right to return any submissions that perpetuate, glorify, exploit, or uncritically present hateful views towards any class of people or work that explicitly uses sexual content and/or violence in a pointless or extreme manner. Please exercise your best judgment and include a note in your cover letter or query us first if you have doubts.

TPR also reserves the right to remove work from the journal if the author is found to have promoted harmful views or shows evidence of abusive behavior elsewhere.

In addition, TPR maintains a zero tolerance policy towards abuse of its Staff and towards plagiarism.