Send us your work via Submittable during any of these periods:


Oct 26, 2012 - Nov 1, 2012

Dec 26, 2012 - Jan 4, 2013

Mar 11, 2013 - Mar 18, 2013


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Unstuck considers unsolicited fiction manuscripts of up to 15,000 words. Most of the stories we accept range from 2,000 to 8,000 words. We are not a market for unsolicited non-fiction, visual art, or poetry. 

We emphasize literary fiction with elements of the fantastic, the futuristic, or the surreal. (If you think your piece might be appropriate, go ahead and send it; there's no need to query us.) 

We do not accept submissions that have been published previously (whether online or in print) in English. We are eager, on the other hand, to read and publish English translations of work that has previously been available only in other languages.

We do not pay by the word. For Issue #3, we will offer contributors a flat per-story rate of at least $50, along with two print copies of #3.  (Contributors within the U.S. have the option of donating this fee and receiving a lifetime print and digital subscription to Unstuck.)

Every story that we accept appears in both the print and e-reader editions of the journal. Apart from contest finalists and winners, which we may occasionally publish on our website and on our Twitter feed, Unstuck does not offer web-only content or free content.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but respectfully request that you withdraw your submission immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere. 

Please submit only once during each submissions window, even if you receive a rejection letter before the window has closed.


We regret that we're unable to provide personalized responses to most of the submissions that we receive. A form rejection does not imply that we did not enjoy or admire your story, or that we don't want to see more of your work during our next reading period: only that the piece you submitted wasn't right for the particular issue we were putting together.


During our open submissions periods, multiple editors read and discuss stories throughout the day. We respond to most submissions very soon after receiving them. Note, though, that if you haven't heard from us within a week of sending your piece, it likely means that your story has been held over for further discussion, in which case a response may take as long as two months. 

Sincere thanks for sharing your work with us. Keep writing!