Submissions - All guidelines on this page effective (again) after our next Call for Submissions, to be announced this summer
The Zodiac Review
now looks exclusively
for unpublished flash length stories and prose poems
from a whole panoply of genres, including slice-of-life, psychological, dark humor, thriller/suspense, mystery, fictionalized memoir, historical fiction, light sci-fi and light fantasy, provided that those stories include decidedly strong elements of literary fiction
. And literary fiction is welcome when a bit of genre spice is added for good measure
Influences of genres not named above are a bit lower on our preference list, but please submit what you feel good about, and make a case for it in a short cover letter.
Our NEW Word Ranges
We will publish a good mix of unpublished stories and prose poems of the following lengths in our future spring and fall issues:
- flash fiction – from about 200 to about 1,000 words
- prose poetry – from about 100 to about 1,000 words
Elements of Literary Fiction
We are especially eager to publish pieces that include some of the following key elements of literary fiction:
- Character-driven as much as or more than plot-driven writing
- Largely unpredictable content and theme
- Distinctive or idiosyncratic prose style
- Creative word usage
- Literary devices including metaphor, analogy, allegory, imagery, irony
- Subtle, subliminal or multiple meanings and sub-themes
- An indeterminate or unresolved ending
(This list is not intended as the definitive, comprehensive inventory of the charac-teristics of literary fiction, but is provided as an additional submission guideline for writers.)
To get a feel for our preferences, please review our discussions above as well as some of the stories/prose poems in the current or archived issues.
Submit ONE PIECE at any time
. No query necessary. Attach your unpublished story or prose poem as a doc or docx file. We prefer a very brief bio in body of email cover note. Standard format. All of the following on first page
: Name and word count at top left (city, state, country, phone and email address requested but not required)
; title; begin text. (Personal data is never shared.) Please note that, by your submission to The Zodiac Review, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to comply with the Terms of Service published below.
Simultaneous submissions (i.e., single submissions concurrently submitted to more than one publisher) are welcome; please advise ASAP if your work is accepted elsewhere. Zodiac
generally acknowledges receipt within a few days, and usually responds within three weeks with acceptance or feedback. Accepted pieces are usually published in one of the next two issues. Publication is payment for one-time electronic rights and archival rights. All other rights revert to author upon publication in Zodiac
Biannual publication schedule
Zodiac will now be published twice each year...spring and fall issues...out mid-April and mid-October.
We will be honored by your comments, questions and suggestions concerning The Zodiac Review
. We appreciate your interest in the magazine, and look forward to hearing from you. We intend to pay scrupulous attention to all emails and to respond as quickly as possible.
Send your comments, questions and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
and one of us will respond within a day or two.
Michael Kalb, Ann Lawrence, Lucinda Olmstead
Submit your comments:
Send a note to a writer whose work has appeared in The Zodiac Review
, and we will forward it to the writer’s last known email address. Include “Forward to (X)” in the subject line.
Terms of Service
By submitting written material of any type, style or content for consideration for publication in The Zodiac Review and/or for any literary competition (“contest”) offered by The Zodiac Review, you agree to hold The Zodiac Review harmless from any claim of loss or damages by anyone that arises from (1) your violation of any law related to your submission of material to The Zodiac Review, or (2) any unintentional errors of commission or omission by The Zodiac Review, including but not limited to typographical errors and/or unintentionally omitted and/or altered copy (text). You also agree that The Zodiac Review reserves the right to publish or reject any work of fiction submitted for consideration for publication, or for any literary competition it holds, for any reason whatsoever, at its sole discretion. The Zodiac Review has no responsibility for any content of any website to which The Zodiac Review is linked.