What StoryQuarterly Is Looking For:
We are interested in previously unpublished literary fiction, including short stories, short shorts, and novel excerpts up to 6,250 words in length, and creative nonfiction. We select work on the basis of style, craft, freshness, and vision.
How To Submit:
All work must be submitted electronically through Submittable. Information about our current submissions status (open/closed) is also posted on our Submittable page.
We welcome simultaneous submissions but ask contributors to notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Reporting time is usually four to six months. Given occasional backlogs, potentially successful contributors may experience additional delays.
We offer a small honorarium of $25. We offer a standard contract for first North American serial rights.
We run annual fiction and nonfiction contests. The winner, first runner-up and second runner-up of each contest are published in the issue, and the winner receives a prize of $500.
When to Submit:
General Nonfiction Submissions: Saturday, July 31 – Sunday, October 17, 2021
Ninth Annual Fiction Contest: Saturday, August 28 – Sunday, November 7, 2021
General Fiction Submissions: Saturday, October 16 – Sunday, December 19, 2021
Please note that these submission windows may be subject to change. StoryQuarterly is a publication of Rutgers University–Camden, and like many universities, Rutgers is facing significant uncertainty during the coronavirus pandemic. While we have tried to leave room for the unexpected, it is possible that this uncertainty may also affect StoryQuarterly’s submission review and acceptance timelines.
We’ll post any changes we may make to our schedule, so please keep checking back as these dates approach. Our fiction contest judge will also be announced later in the year.