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FAQs

What is Typishly?
Typishly is a popular online literary magazine publishing short stories and poetry submitted by established and emerging writers. Our website receives several hundred thousand page views a year.

How do I submit my work?
We accept submissions exclusively on the online Submittable submission management platform because it allows us to work efficiently and respond to writers in one day. Over 1,200 writers follow Typishly on Submittable. We do not read emailed submissions. Submittable is trusted by over two million users and 11,000+ organizations, including Harvard, MIT, LA Times, New Yorker, NBC, Harlequin, TechCrunch, NPR, and 300+ universities. There is a submission fee.

 

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Who is your editor?
Jon has received international awards for creativity, so he loves creative writing with the emphasis on ‘creative’. He launched Typishly to inspire writers, no matter how much effort it takes, no matter how many hours it consumes, seven days a week. He encouraged writers for years as a Creative Director.

What is your response time?
Typishly is fast. We don’t do things monthly or quarterly or annually. We do things right now. Jon will respond in one day with a yes or no and a brief personalized note. If accepted for publication, then the day after that, your writing will be posted on our website. Making writers wait weeks or months for a response might have been quite reasonable once upon a time, in the era of Emily Brontë or Walt Whitman. Surely, not in this century. If your favorite online retailer can ship The Complete Stories of Franz Kafka across the country to your door next day, it’s the least we can do to read and respond to your writing just as quickly.

What kind of response will I get?
Typishly is a positive and welcoming space for writers, where creativity is respected, cherished and nourished. We strive to encourage and inspire, even when responding to short stories and poetry not accepted for publication. Jon reads everything and will respond with a personalized note the day after you submit your short story or poetry. Even if he does not accept your writing for publication, Jon will briefly point out phrases or ideas he likes, because it’s encouraging to know someone has read and thought about your work. He does not provide negative feedback, constructive criticism or long detailed notes. Don’t expect advice on how to improve your writing.

Can you tell me what you didn’t like? Can you give me some negative feedback so I can improve my piece?
No. Typishly strives to encourage writers by providing only positive feedback. There’s already plenty of negativity in this mixed-up world. We’d rather not add to it.

What kind of writing are you looking for?
Jon says: “Typishly is about creativity, quality and diversity. We look for beauty, authenticity, freshness, simplicity, the unexpected. Have a look at our Editor’s Choice poetry and short fiction: my favorite work is there. 

“Surprise me. My creative horizon is way out there. Examples from our pages: Harry the Pig by Megan Hoffman | Ten Feet Tall by Bill Richter | Four Men Carrying a Table Up a Small Staircase by Henry Crawford | At Last by Linda Heller  | Neon Love by Faye Brinsmead | Rules is Rules by Harry James | Fiery Angelic Herald Borrows Toothbrush by Mark Thomas | What We Imagined by Shelagh Powers Johnson | On/Off by Stephen Ground.

“If you can make me lean back in my chair and gaze out the window, you’re in. See Ascension by Judy Kaber | Your Rapunzel I Have Heard by Dara Passano | Built for Conquest by Joshua Cole | Banana Cutting Shirt by Tamara L. Panici | The Disappearance of Poems in Rain by Adrienne Asher | Water Song by Robbin Farr | A Walk After the Evening News by Kip Knott | He Shows Us This Sky by Rod Hise.”

Do I have to be a published author to be accepted here?
No. In our pages, you’ll find poems and short stories written by experienced writers… and by new and emerging writers whose work has never appeared anywhere before. Our authors include a founding editor at Vanity Fair, a former TV producer for 60 Minutes, newspaper journalists, an international diplomat, veterans, novelists, university professors, lawyers, medical professionals, teachers, MFA students, professional actors and musicians, visual artists, retirees, homemakers, high school students, an Olympian, and a guy who works in demolition. They live in America, the UK, Italy, Sweden, Australia, Canada and elsewhere.

How do you support new and emerging writers?
Every week, Typishly sends out a special call for writers who have been published three or fewer times, with a Monday submission deadline. Unpublished newbies are encouraged to submit. Your short story or poetry will be considered along with work submitted by other emerging writers.

Do you accept flash fiction?
Yes, up to 1,500 words. There is a weekly deadline every Saturday for new flash fiction submissions.

Is it a good idea to use a thin, light font? 
No. Light fonts are difficult to read on the Submittable workspace we use. Choose a relatively dark, easy to read font.

When should I submit? What are your deadlines?
We have good things on the go every day. There is no seasonal downtime: we are always open for submissions.

I see on the Submittable platform that you accepted/declined my submission. But I never received your email.
We don’t send response emails directly to writers. You can find our correspondence in your own work area on Submittable. Doing things this way helps us stay organized.

If I submit the same story or poem in multiple categories, do I have a better chance of being accepted for publication?
No. When a story or poem has been declined, it has no chance of being published in another category or on a different day.

Can I submit a revised story or poem that Typishly turned down the first time?
No. We don’t reconsider or publish previously declined work.

Do you accept simultaneous submissions?
Yes. We’re always interested in writing you submitted to journals that haven’t responded in like, forever. We respond to simultaneous submissions in one day with a yes/no and personalized note.

What are Creative Challenges? How do I participate?
Our Creative Challenges happen every Sunday. They are not contests. There are no prizes. (They used to be writing prompts, but not anymore.) We publish submissions that impress us with their creativity. Jon says: “This is your chance to surprise me. My creative horizon is way out there.” We’re looking for writing that’s out of the ordinary, experimental, unconventional, different, or just plain weird. (Humor is always good.) Read our Creative Challenge Winners here.

What’s your acceptance rate?
Jon reads and responds to every submission himself. He wouldn’t be able to do that if we were receiving an overwhelming pile of submissions every day. So if you’re worried that your work will be competing with an unreasonably high number of other submissions, you can be assured it will not. 

Can I email my work to you?
No. We do not accept, or read, submissions made via email.

My poem has creative formatting. Will you consider it?
No. We don’t publish poems with words spaced artistically all over the page because they do not display properly on smartphone screens.

Do you publish non-fiction?
No. Typishly publishes only short fiction and poetry, not personal essays, memoirs, news articles, commentary, opinion or political satire.

Can I use the names of real people?
No. We don’t publish stories using the names (or disguised identities) of real people, celebrities, athletes, actors or politicians. We generally avoid unnecessary use of real brand and company names, too.

What formats do you accept? How about a PDF?
Submit a Word doc or docx file only. No PDFs.

Is Typishly on Facebook? Twitter? Instagram?
Follow Typishly on Twitter and Instagram. We’re not on Facebook, but our contributing writers and readers have been generous enough to share our pages among their friends there, for which we’re grateful.

I uploaded the wrong story or poetry.
Let us know right away and we’ll mark your submission as Open for Editing. Then you’ll be able to upload the correct story or poetry without paying a second submission fee.

I just realized that the story I uploaded exceeds your 5,000 word limit.
Let us know right away and we’ll mark your submission as Open for Editing. Then you’ll be able to submit a shorter version of the same story, or upload an entirely different story in its place, without paying a second submission fee.

Can I submit a link to my website?
No.

Well, then, do I get my own author page on Typishly?
Yes, you sure do. Each of our contributing writers has a dedicated author page displaying the portfolio of work they have published on Typishly. Here is our most published writer. (His first name happens to be Jonathan, but he is not Typishly’s editor.)

How do I view an author’s page?
First, go to the page displaying their short story or poem. Then click on the writer’s name, located just above the title of the short story or poem. It’s a link to the Author page showing all of the work they have published on Typishly.

My short story is a bit long. How long is too long?
Don’t submit short fiction over 5,000 words long. You have word count and so do we.

Can I submit more than one story?
No. One story per submission. You can submit multiple times if you have more than one story.

Can I submit a story and poems in a single submission?
No. One story — or — up to five poems. Not both in the same submission.

I have quite a few poems. Will you read them all?
Submit up to five poems per submission. You can submit multiple times if you have more than five poems.

Do you publish centos?
No. We like to inspire writers by letting them know how much we admire the originality and creativity of their writing. Given that centos consist of found lines and phrases ‘borrowed’ from other poets, we’d be praising only the submitter’s process of appropriation and assembly.

Do you accept reprints?
Sorry, no. We consider only previously unpublished writing.

I just got turned down / I just got published. How long do I have to wait to submit something else?
Submit as often as you like, whenever you’re ready. Creativity should never be limited. We welcome repeat submissions from contributors whenever they feel that their poetry or short story showcases their creativity. We don’t track elapsed time between submissions. A few of our contributing writers have been published multiple times.

If I send you an angry email, will you change your mind and publish my stuff?
If you can’t handle rejection, don’t submit your writing to Typishly. Many writers tell us our response notes are as sweet as can be, but like other literary magazines, we don’t publish every submission we receive. Abusive emails aren’t going to change that. Channel your passion into writing a new story or poem instead. You might be happily surprised by how good it is.

Who chooses the picture that appears with each poem or short story?
Jon does.

Does Typishly own my work if it’s published?
No, certainly not. Any and all content contributed by you to Typishly is owned by you and you retain sole copyright over the materials you have submitted. You maintain the right to publish your content elsewhere, online or offline, at any time and without any credit to Typishly. By contributing content to our website, you are granting Typishly a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, and worldwide license to use your content in connection with the operation of the website, including, without limitation, the license rights to copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, edit, translate and reformat your content. We may also from time to time use a brief excerpt from your content to promote your work, and Typishly, on Twitter or Instagram. See our Terms of Use.

Typishly published my work, but now I need to take it down. What should I do?
Just contact us and we’ll remove your work and your bio from our website within 48 hours.

How do I find your newest poems and short stories?
The most recent work is displayed on our homepage. You can also go to our poetry page or short fiction page, where the newest work is listed at the top. If you’re looking for a specific piece not shown there, try our search tool. You’ll find it on the right side of our main menu bar in the shape of a magnifying glass.

Can I leave a comment about a story or poem on the site?
Sorry, no.

How do I subscribe?
We don’t offer subscriptions. Typishly is free, online only, with no print version. So if you like the writing on our website, we encourage you to visit often.

Why should I pay a submission fee to a literary magazine like Typishly?
Because we’ll respond to your submission with a personalized note in just one day even if we have to stay up half the night to do it, so you won’t have to wait months for a response, or get no response at all, as with many other journals. Because you want to give yourself a shot at appearing on Typishly in the company of other fine writers, just as you sometimes treat yourself by investing a few bucks on gourmet coffee from a barista instead of always gargling the free stuff gurgling ominously out of the coffee machine at work. Because you want to see Typishly survive as a place where writers can have their work presented beautifully, read avidly and shared widely. Because you understand that building and maintaining an online journal like this one costs real time and money and you’re generous enough to share those costs. Because you support the very idea of literary magazines like ours as tranquil, refreshing oases in an increasingly tumultuous, hurly-burly world.

The uncomfortable truth is that running any literary journal is a business: it takes money to survive. There are no ads on our site to earn income because advertising would ruin the reader experience. We don’t have contests with high entry fees. We make no money from subscriptions or hard-copy sales because Typishly is online-only. We charge a small submission fee instead, so we can stay afloat. Many ‘free-to-submit’ journals are fully subsidized by colleges and universities. We’re not so fortunate. Some ‘free’ journals have pages plastered with advertising. Other journals which don’t charge submission fees run revenue-generating contests that writers must pay to enter: they offer cash prizes as an incentive for writers to pay a high entry fee, then keep all of the money they take in, above and beyond the prize money awarded. (That’s also how lotteries work. And casinos.) That way, they can afford to offer those ‘free’ regular submissions. Bottom line: successful, enduring journals are getting money from somewhere and they’re keeping enough of it to pay their bills. That’s not avarice, it’s not taking advantage of writers, it’s just business. Nobody ever got rich running a journal. After considering all of that, if paying a submission fee is just not for you, we invite you to explore the countless other wonderful journals out there, and we offer our sincere thanks for stopping by.

Paying the submission fee means my work will definitely be accepted for publication, right?
No, it doesn’t. We’re not a vanity publisher. Typishly accepts only a fraction of the work we receive. If your work is selected for publication, you’ve earned it against tough competition and managed to impress a discerning editor. You have every reason to share your good news with friends.

Do you pay writers?
No, we don’t. We respond in one day and publish the next, so Typishly publishes more writers than most journals. The volume of writers we publish means we can’t afford to pay them. In exchange for your small submission fee, you get a one-day turnaround, an encouraging personalized response and a chance to add Typishly to the list of places you’ve been published. We’re in this to inspire as many writers as we can while providing a beautiful home for their work, no matter how much effort that takes, no matter how many hours it consumes, seven days a week. If you don’t see value in us doing that on your behalf, fine. Don’t complain about it, just submit elsewhere. But do that with your eyes wide open. Know this: journals charging submission fees and paying writers gain a distinct marketing edge. Namely: ‘We pay writers!’ So they receive more paid submissions, because the pool of amateur writers dreaming of making money from their writing is very large indeed. Those journals, of course, pay only the few writers they publish… and keep all the rest of the money. That’s not evil, but paying writers does not make a journal as artistically pure as the driven snow, either. Dangling an unrealistic chance for a writing payday as an incentive to pay a submission fee capitalizes on the misguided hopefulness of writers unlikely to be published. Typishly prefers not to do that.

I have a question not answered here.
If you didn’t find the answer you were looking for, have a look at our Terms of Use. You’re also welcome to contact us.

Hmmm… I’m still not sure.
If you’ve made it this far, why not give it a shot and send us your writing? Our editor Jon has been encouraging creative people for a couple of decades. (Even his “maybe next time” notes are friendly.)

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