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. Submittable is trusted by over two million users and 10,000+ clients, including Airbnb, Harvard, NPR, TechCrunch, and 300+ universities.
Who is your editor? Jon brings years of experience as a Creative Director, pitching creative ideas to global companies. (One client crawled 20 feet on top of a boardroom table to shake his hand.) Jon has won international awards for creativity, so he loves creative writing with the emphasis on ‘creative’.
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.
Will I really get a response in one day? Jon says: “Yes, you will. 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. Not now.”
And you publish the day after that? Yes. Typishly is fast. We don’t do things monthly or quarterly or annually. We do things right now. We will respond to your poetry or short story in one day. If accepted, then the day after that, your writing will be posted on our website.
Should I expect to get feedback? Typishly’s founding editor has received international awards for creativity. Jon will give you a bit of encouragement by mentioning something he likes about your writing. Because it’s good to know someone has read and thought about your work.
Do you provide writing reviews for an additional fee? Unfortunately, we have to turn down all requests for writing reviews, detailed critiques, feedback and advice. Jon simply lacks the time.
Do you accept simultaneous submissions? Yes. Our Forever Wednesdays are for writing you submitted to journals who haven’t responded in like, forever. We respond to simultaneous submissions in one day with a yes/no and personalized note.
Why would anyone ever pay a submission fee to a literary magazine like Typishly? Because you support the very idea of literary magazines as tranquil, refreshing oases in an increasingly tumultuous, hurly-burly world. Because you want to see Typishly survive as a place where writers can have their work presented beautifully, read avidly and shared widely. Because we’ll respond to your submission 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 as with most journals. Because you understand that building and maintaining an online journal like this one costs real money and you’re generous enough to share those costs. 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.
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? Our Emerging Writer Thursdays give writers who have been published three or fewer times a decent chance at being published. Unpublished newbies are encouraged to submit. We assess their work in comparison with submissions from other emerging writers. Emerging Writer Thursdays also give new and emerging writers a break on our regular submission fee. It’s the lowest priced item in our shopping cart.
When should I submit? What are your deadlines? We have good things on the go every day. Our Short Story Mondays have weekly Monday deadlines. Our Poetry Tuesdays have weekly Tuesday deadlines. Forever Wednesdays are for writing you submitted to journals who haven’t responded in like, forever. Our Wednesday Creative Challenges have weekly Wednesday deadlines. Our Emerging Writer Thursdays have weekly Thursday deadlines. Our Relationship Fridays have weekly Friday deadlines. Our Flash Fiction Saturdays have weekly Saturday deadlines. Our Unusual Sundays have weekly Sunday deadlines. Our open call for Poetry | Short Story has no deadline, so you can take all the time you need to write something that showcases your creativity. All deadlines are refreshed as they expire. There is no seasonal downtime: we are always open for submissions. More details about submissions here.
Do you accept flash fiction? In a word, yes. Especially on Flash Fiction Saturdays.
What are Wednesday Creative Challenges? How do I participate? Our Wednesday Creative Challenges are fun and inspirational. They are not contests. There are no prizes. We publish every submission that impresses us with its creativity. Sometimes that’s none, but other times it’s a few. To participate, click the green box on this page to go to our submissions area at Submittable. Scroll down to the bottom of that page to find our latest Creative Challenge. Click the More tab there for full details.
Can I email my work to you? No. We do not accept, or read, submissions made via email.
What formats do you accept? How about a PDF? Submit a Word doc or docx file only. No PDFs.
Can I submit a link to my website? No. Sorry.
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.
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 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.
My short story is a bit long. How long is too long? Don’t submit short fiction over 5,000 words long.
Can I submit more than one story? No. One story per submission. You can submit multiple times if you have more than one story.
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.
I just got rejected / 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.
Who chooses the picture that appears with each poem or short story? Jon does. Which is only fair, because almost all of them are his.
Do you pay writers? No. There are no ads on our site to earn income because advertising would ruin the reader experience. We make no money from subscriptions, either, because Typishly is free. And we don’t run revenue-generating contests that writers must pay to enter.
Do you run contests that pay cash prizes? No, we don’t.
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 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 72 hours.
How do I find your newest poems and short stories? The most recent work is displayed atop 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.
Is Typishly on Facebook? Twitter? We’re not on Facebook, but our contributing writers have been generous enough to share their pages among their friends on social media. We are on Twitter.
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.
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.)