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Frequently asked questions.

How do I submit my work?
We accept submissions exclusively on the Submittable platform because it allows us to manage a large inflow of poetry and short fiction, work efficiently, and respond to writers quickly. Submittable is trusted by more than 10,000 organizations, including Airbnb, Harvard, NPR, TechCrunch and over 300 universities.


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What kind of writing are you looking for?
Our Editor, Jon, says: “I have many years of experience as a creative director, pitching ideas to global companies with famous brands. 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. Three examples from our pages: Neon Love by Faye Brinsmead | Rules is Rules by Harry James | What We Imagined by Shelagh Powers Johnson.

I also admire beautiful writing about common things, ordinary lives, everyday events and human relationships. See Your Rapunzel I Have Heard by Dara Passano | The Disappearance of Poems in Rain by Adrienne Asher | Water Song by Robbin Farr. Have a look at our Editor’s Choice poetry and short fiction: my favorite work is there.”

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 folks 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.

Will I really get a response in less than one week?
Jon says: “Yes, you will. I’m happy to work seven days a week on Typishly because it gives more writers a chance to have their work posted on our website. I respond to submissions in less than a week—often within a day or two—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 should I submit? What are your deadlines?
Our Poetry Mondays have weekly Monday deadlines. Our Short Fiction Tuesdays have weekly Tuesday deadlines. Our Creative Challenges have three-week deadlines, always ending on Wednesdays. Our Weekend Roundtable has a weekly Saturday deadline. Our open call for Poetry and Short Fiction 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.

What’s the Weekend Roundtable?
Every week, Typishly sends out a call for our Weekend Roundtable, with a Saturday deadline for poetry or short fiction. Jon says: “I read and respond to everything that comes in, Monday to Friday, often working well past midnight. Our Weekend Roundtable gives me a chance to read your writing on Saturday and Sunday while the sun is still up.”

What’s a Creative Challenge? How do I participate?
Our Creative Challenges are not contests. There are no prizes. They are fun writing prompts. We always have three Creative Challenges on the go: First Sentence, Last Sentence, and Word Salad. There are three options in each challenge, so there’s usually something that will inspire you to get busy writing. We set 3-week deadlines, always on Wednesdays, to push you through your procrastination and get you going. 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 challenge with new writing prompts. To find out how to participate, go to Creative Challenges.

Can I email my work to you?
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?
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 an example.

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 unusual formatting. Will you still accept it?
We don’t publish poems with words scattered 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. Our sweet spot is even shorter than that at 2,000 to 3,000 words.

Can I submit more than one story?
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. If your work meets our high standards, we’ll happily publish it. A few of our contributing writers have been published multiple times.

How come I got turned down so quickly? Did you even read my work?
Please don’t take our speed as adding to a sense of ‘rejection’. We respond in less than one week as a sign of respect to the writers who submit. And yes, we do read every submission in full.

Who will read my work?
Our editor reads everything, including your cover note and bio.

Who is your editor?
Jon is the Founding Editor of Typishly. He has received international awards for creativity. Jon worked as a Creative Director in Don Draper’s world, pitching his ideas to global companies with famous brands. (One client crawled 20 feet on top of a boardroom table to shake his hand.)

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?
Unfortunately, Typishly cannot afford to pay writers. 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 $3 submission fee?
We love because it helps writers discover Typishly, but the monthly fee we must pay to access the Submittable submission management service is our largest regular expense. We also pay for web design, site hosting, security software, legal fees and so on. Writers pay us a small submission fee to help us defray these out-of-pocket expenditures.

Is that $3 a ‘review fee’? Should I expect to get feedback, advice or editing services?
No. Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources to provide feedback, advice or editing services. And that hurts, because writers ask us so nicely. Our $3 submission fee is used to help defray our operating costs and has nothing to do with editing services, written feedback or reviewing work. Jon does try to offer positive encouragement to writers whenever he can, by specifically mentioning things he likes about their writing.

Paying the $3 submission fee means my work will definitely be accepted for publication, right?
No, it doesn’t. We’re not a vanity publisher. Paying the fee does not mean your work will automatically be published. Our website features only the very best of the work submitted to us. Our Editor is solely responsible for selecting those poems and stories from the steady flow of strong writing he has the privilege of reading.

That $3 submission fee really makes me angry! How dare you pollute the purity of art by adding a smidgeon of commerce to it! Geez!!!
Feel better now? There are gazillions of places online for you to submit your writing for free. Go for it.

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 on our homepage. If you’re looking for a particular piece not shown there, try our search tool.

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 has been encouraging creative people for a couple of decades. (Even his “maybe next time” notes are friendly.)

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