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FAQs

How do I submit my work?
We accept submissions exclusively on the online Submittable submission management platform because it allows us to manage a large inflow of poetry and short fiction, 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.

 

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What is Typishly’s mission?
When our Founding Editor Jon launched Typishly, he dreamed of a creative space that would be ‘fast, friendly and beautiful’. Our goal is to inspire writers to do their best work.

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’. He enjoys encouraging writers and inspiring creative people. Jon reads everything, including your cover note and bio.

What kind of writing are you looking for?
Jon, says: “If you can impress me with your creativity, make me lean back in my chair and gaze out the window, you’re in. My creative horizon is way out there. See if you can carry me past the point where earth meets sky. Let your imagination inspire your writing. Examples from our pages: 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.

I also admire beautiful writing about common things, ordinary lives, everyday events and human relationships. See Your Rapunzel I Have Heard by Dara Passano | Banana Cutting Shirt by Tamara L. Panici | The Disappearance of Poems in Rain by Adrienne Asher | Water Song by Robbin Farr | Commonly Held Beliefs About Lesbians and Other Commonly Held Beliefs by Nikki Smith. 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. We have good things on the go every day of the week at Typishly because it gives more writers a chance to have their work posted on our website. I read and respond to submissions in one day because I have a lot of respect for writers and I can’t imagine making them wait weeks or even months for a response. When you see the status on Submittable change to ‘In Progress’, that’s me.”

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. Jon will respond to your poetry or short story in one day. If he likes it, then the day after that, your writing will be posted on our website. 

Do I have to be a published author to be accepted here?
No. It makes no difference to us whether or not you’ve already been published, or how often. In our pages, you’ll find poems and short stories written by experienced, published writers… and by new and emerging writers whose work has never appeared anywhere before. We love reading cover notes and bios, and communicating with the fascinating array of people who send us their writing. But ultimately, what you send to us matters more than who you are. 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. Our Wednesday Challenges have three-week deadlines, always ending on Wednesdays. Our Emerging Writer Thursdays have weekly Thursday deadlines. Our Fresh Fridays have weekly Friday deadlines. Our Sunshine Saturdays have a weekly Saturday deadline. 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.

What’s the Wednesday Challenge? How do I participate?
Our Wednesday Challenges are are fun writing prompts to inspire adventurous writers. They are not contests. There are no prizes. There are three options in each creative challenge, so there’s usually something that will get you going. We set 3-week deadlines, always ending on Wednesdays, to push you through your procrastination. We publish every submission that impresses us with its creativity. Sometimes that’s none, but other times it’s a few. When each deadline arrives, we refresh the creative challenge with new writing prompts. 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 see our three Wednesday Challenges. Click the More tabs on the right side of each creative challenge 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.

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. See our Terms of Use.

Why do you charge a submission fee?
We use submission fees to help defray our expenditures for Submittable’s submission management platform (which includes fees charged by Paypal, Stripe and credit card companies), as well as expenses for web design, website hosting, website security software, and more. Without collecting a submission fee, Typishly could not survive.

Is that submission fee a ‘review fee’? Should I expect to get feedback, advice or editing services?
Jon tries to offer encouragement to writers whenever he can by mentioning things he likes about their writing. But we don’t have the resources to promise feedback, advice, comments, or editing beyond fixing typos and grammar.

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 as quickly as we can.

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 conveniently 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.

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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