The Psychopomp Magazine staff is committed to publishing original fiction that dares to redefine traditional storytelling and genre borders. While we like stories that treat the concepts of passages, transitions, and the state of being betwixt and between, we are open to all work regardless of theme. We are generally not looking for traditional realist fiction or pure hard genre. With that said, we are certainly open to publishing more traditional literary work or more hard genre (no fan fiction) so long as it’s really, really good.

To give you an idea of our tastes, here are some writers we admire: Kate Bernheimer, Karen Russell, Alissa Nutting, Kevin Brockmeier, Jonathan Lethem, Jeff Vandermeer, Brian Evenson, Matt Bell, Etgar Keret, Ron Currie, Amelia Gray, Ben Marcus, Pinckney Benedict, Robert Coover, J.G.Ballard, Italo Calvino, Kelly Link, Walter Miller, Alex Shakar, Russell Hoban, Gillian Flynn, Justin Cronin, Peter Straub, Aimee Bender, Steven Millhauser

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please do inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere as soon as possible.

Ends on March 23, 2018
If you're looking to submit a story that has already been published for our March 2017 reprint issue, you've come to the right place.

Any story not currently available online is eligible. If your story has only ever appeared in print or if it was published online but is no longer available in a publication’s archives for one reason or another, it is eligible. If it’s currently elsewhere on the web for public viewing, that’s something we won’t consider. We’d like to give the opportunity to work that currently can’t be read online, so that we can (re)introduce it to a readership that can’t see it otherwise. Should it happen that you are uncertain whether your work is appropriate, there is no harm in e-mailing us with queries before submitting. We won't bite.

Our word limit for general submissions is approximately 5,000 words. If you happen to see a story that is much longer than this limit, it means we solicited it or that it was a contest winner or finalist. Please send .Doc or .PDF formats only.

We are open to free submissions several times a year, but our "tip jar" submissions are open year round. If you opt for a tip jar submission, your fee will go toward the cost of things like maintaining our website, printing anthologies, and paying contest winners. Thank you!

Please only submit one story at a time unless your individual submissions are under 1,000 words in which case you may send up to three pieces in one file. Our response time is within 2-3 months.

Our word limit for general submissions is approximately 5,000 words. If you happen to see a story that is much longer than this limit, it means we solicited it or that it was a contest winner or finalist. Please send .Doc or .PDF formats only.

We acquire First North American serial rights, which return to the author upon publication. This means that we only accept unpublished, original work. We do ask that we be noted in any future re-printings. We do not count sites like Facebook or Myspace as previously published but do ask that if your work is available to the general public (i.e. on a blog) that you remove it or set your privacy settings accordingly prior to submission.