Call for Submissions

Submissions are currently open for one issue of The Periodical, Forlorn:

Guidelines for All Submissions:

Word Limit: 6,000 words

Compensation: flat $15 fee upon publication, plus a digital copy of the magazine (which you're free to share).

Format: We will accept short-form fiction any way you want to write it. This can include poetry, flash fiction or short stories.


We're particularly interested in the subversion of form. We don't care about hard and fast rules, so don't worry too much about formatting. If you feel its good, chances are that shines through in the writing. And we want to read it.

Genre: Anything that's dark, creepy, weird and just a little off-kilter. We're open to genre fiction, particularly anything related to horror, science-fiction, speculative fiction or weird fiction. But we're also interested in anything that twists or subverts these genres in some unexpected way.

Simultaneous submissions: We will accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if this applies to you. If a story may be pulled away from us at the last minute, we want to know as this may affect our decision on acceptance.

Multiple Submissions: Please only send us one submission at a time. If your submission is rejected, we will then accept another submission. We try to respond to submissions within two weeks, which should allow ample time for you to submit again.

Reprints: We do not accept reprints. We will accept stories that have already been published if they've been dramatically altered in some way. If this is the case, please inform us.

Helpful Hints for Getting Your Submission Accepted

Will you accept stories that contain gore, violence, sex and swearing?

Yes, if its integral to the story. We know fiction sometimes need to take us uncomfortable places in order to make its point. So, we're open to things of a graphic nature if they in some way contribute significantly to the story.

We will not accept these things if they're simply gratuitous.

How about stories that contain hate?

Yes, if its integral to the story and is used to make a point.

For example, we will not publish anything that glorifies Nazism. But we will consider something that depicts Nazi brutality and ideology if it does so in order to dismantle it.

Please do not send us stories that use the coronavirus as a source of conflict or that turn recognizable political figures (we don't care from which party) into villains.

We think this is lazy writing and will not publish them.

What formatting should I use?

Please use 12-point font and double space your text. Use standard 1 inch margins and indent the first line of each paragraph and each line of dialogue.

What personal information should I include?

Please attach a cover page that includes a brief biography, ideally no longer than a paragraph, your contact information and your story's approximate word count. If you wish to use a pseudonym, make sure to let us know. Also include any social media handles you want us to plug should we accept your work. Please note: failure to include this information will greatly reduce your chances of having your submission accepted.

Please also note: while you're free to plug your publishing record in your biography, this does not affect our acceptance decision. We're as interested in first-time authors as veterans.

The editorial team reserves final say on all acceptance decisions. We may be in contact with you if we like your work but have reservations about graphic content. Be prepared to defend its purpose. If you can convince us it's integral to the story, we may decide to accept it.


Ready to Submit?

Volume I, Issue IV

Theme: Lost at Sea

For this issue, we want tales of maritime disaster. Of shipwrecks and oil spills. Of bones left to decompose on the ocean floor. Of those left behind on land, never to know what's become of their loved ones. Of lighthouse keepers forced to stand by and witness tragedy unfold.

Elements of the supernatural are welcome, as are stories that utilize elements of horror and science-fiction.

Deadline: March 15th, 2021

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