We happily accept simultaneous submissions providing you notify us in a timely manner if a piece is accepted elsewhere with a note in Submittable. We also read blind—only looking at cover letters after reading and deciding upon the piece so do not include your name in the file name or in the document.  

We are currently under a healthy backlog, however all submissions will receive a response. 

Additionally, all submissions will receive a few suggestions of writers we think you'd enjoy or other magazines you might try with your writing, because hey, we're submitting writers too. Even if your piece isn't for us it might be absolutely perfect elsewhere. A rejection is in no way a value judgement on the piece—it merely doesn't fit into the vision we have for the current issue/s. 

We pay our authors $30 per piece published ($100 for features) and run various contests throughout the year.

Hard Sells: For poetry: Hard end rhyme (but a well disguised rhyme via enjambment is another story), A preponderance of abstractions, Archaic syntactical inversions. That's about it. For prose: Bland writing. Straightforward is fine, and genre writing is fine as long as there's more to it that just a series of events and world building—there should be a 'point' or a reason to read the story or poem other than just being a short diversion. As always, edit ruthlessly and send us your best stuff. 

Writers we admire: Too many to name, but a couple dozen or so would be Campbell McGrath, Kurt Vonnegut, Amy Hempel, Li-Young Lee, Jhumpa Lahiri, Russell Edson, James Tate, Barry Hannah, Denis Johnson, Kim Addonizio, Yusef Komunyakaa, Charles Harper Webb, Dorianne Laux,  Luis Alberto Urrea, David Kirby, Cormac McCarthy, Tobias Wolff, Stephen Dunn, Frank O'Hara, Tim O'Brien, Lydia Davis, Virgil Suarez, Richard Siken, Dean Young, Kay Ryan, Charles Simic, Steve Kowit, Barbara Hamby, Denise Duhamel, Gaylord Brewer, Emma Bolden, Gerald Locklin, Raymond Carver, Theodore Roethke, Marilyn Chin, Nick Flynn, Nick Lantz, Gary Snyder, Flannery O'Connor , T.R. Hummer, D.A. Powell, T.C. Boyle and, oh, I don't know, how about some W.S. Merwin since we're doing the initials. 

The 2022 FuPo Poetry Contest is for “FUnny and POignant” poems under 60 lines. We want witty, we want dark humor, clever wording and surprise—we want to look at things in a new way or learn a fact that fits perfectly into a well-told-tale. We like a wide range of styles—our last contest issue is a great way to get an estimation of our tastes. 1st Place Prize: $500. All submissions are considered for publication in Coastal Shelf (which has a payment of $30).

Deadline extension: We're extending the deadline until 5/31/22 to give folks one last chance to get their submissions in for this contest. We look forward to reading your work!

The Ceiling 250 Contest is for very short fiction or prose poetry under 250 words long. We want all sorts but make them interesting, make them memorable. The word limit is 250 words, but the story should break through that ceiling in our minds. Give us your icebergs and your sudden prose that pops back into our minds when we’re trying to get to sleep at 3am. We like a wide range of styles—our last contest issue is a great way to get an estimation of our tastes. 1st Place Prize: $500. All submissions are considered for publication in Coastal Shelf (which has a payment of $30).

Deadline extension: We're extending the deadline until 5/31/22 to give folks one last chance to get their submissions in for this contest. We look forward to reading your work!

We encourage simultaneous submissions, we just ask you inform us in a timely manner when your piece is accepted elsewhere. And if the piece is published online, when it goes live send us a link and we'll include that link in our next issue's "Ones That Got Away" feature.

For pieces that have been published in print but not online. 


Submit 1 prose piece under 3000 words or 1-3 poems under 100 lines 

Pay it Forward Submission fees go entirely toward paying authors. Pay it Forward Submissions will also receive more detailed feedback than a standard submission as well as good karma.

Poetry should be under  80 lines. Submit 1-5 pieces.

Fiction/NonFiction should be under 2000 words. Submit up to three (3) short prose pieces, or if they're under 600 words up to six (6). 

Long Form should be just one (1) piece under 6000 words for prose, or poetry 80-300 lines.

Coastal Shelf