Check out our lightly updated submission guidelines for Issue Three:

The Guest Editor for this issue is the one and only Eryk Pruitt! Send us dark, dirty crime fiction short stories, no less than 2500 words and no more than 5000. No novel excerpts. No previously published works. Simultaneous submissions are totally fine, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. No multiple submissions please, send one story at a time.

If you’ve read Eryk’s work, then you’ll know right away that rural noir is probably a good fit for this issue. That said, if you HAVEN’T read Eryk’s work, first things first– go buy one of his books to get familiar with his style, it will greatly help your chances of landing a story in the issue.

Writers deserve to be paid for their work. We pay $25 per accepted story, payable within 60 days after publication. We hope to do more than this someday, but there are economic realities that we also must adhere to at the moment.

We do funny. We do sexy. We do thrilling. We do violent. We do mystery. We do private detectives (though not all that often, unless they blow us away with uniqueness). We don’t really do magical, or fantastical to any significant degree, by which we mean we don’t want animal characters or wildly unrealistic stories. We love pulp. We like crime fiction that blends with aspects of other genres but make sure it is clearly still crime fiction.

We don’t really do mob stories, unless again you just blow us away. We might do historical crime fiction, if the writing is right. We’re not much for cozies. We don’t do procedurals unless again we just really like the individual story. A lot. We LOVE noir, and noir that crosses into other sub-genres, so long as the blending is subtle. We do southern gothic. We do transgressive. We love a strong voice. We love original style. But MOST OF ALL, we do GREAT writing (which at times breaks some of the above general guidelines), so send us your very best.

We suggest polishing your work to the maximum extent before sending it over. We suggest purchasing a copy of the magazine’s previous issues before submitting, to see what we have published in the past (and to invest your support in a publication that you will be asking to invest their support in you–it’s a two-way street). We suggest reading our Guest Editors’ books to see what they write, since they will ultimately be deciding what stories go into the issue.

We have the following structural guidelines that MUST be met or you will be rejected up front (WE ARE GOING TO HARP ON THIS FOR THIS ISSUE, SO FOCUS ON IT): STANDARD MANUSCRIPT FORMAT, no exceptions. No tab indent, instead use a .5-inch preset first line indent (if you don’t know how to do this, that’s okay, but do some research to figure it out before sending your work over). 1-inch margins all around.  We accept.doc and .docx formats only. Sorry, it’s just a time and energy thing, though we’re certain that whatever other writing program you’re using works great. We do new and established writers, with no bias. If we love it, we publish it, period.

Writers retain all rights to their work. We take only first publication rights print and online, but do not restrict your use afterward in any way, legally speaking. We do kindly request two months exclusivity before you publish it somewhere else, either online or in print, but since it’s your work, we won’t force you to abide by that (though we will keep it in mind when viewing future submissions).

Our Guest Editor reads the semi-final cut of stories blind (Please DON’T remove your contact information from your MS, though, we will do that on our end when appropriate).

 It’s our goal to publish stories that exceed reader expectations. Submit accordingly.


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