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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. Submittable is trusted by over two million users and 10,000+ clients, including Airbnb, Harvard, NPR, TechCrunch, and 300+ universities. We don’t read emailed submissions.

 

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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 has 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.

What kind of response will I get?
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 work for publication, Jon will point out phrases and ideas he likes, because it’s encouraging to know someone has read and thought about your work. Don’t expect a page of detailed feedback. Jon doesn’t have time to help you become a better writer or tell you what you need to change in your story or poetry to be accepted. He doesn’t teach writing. He inspires writers. 

Why don’t other journals respond this fast?
Because it’s very hard to do. It requires total respect for writers, an obsessive dedication to responding overnight with a little positive encouragement, and a willingness to prioritize reading over sleeping.

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. 

“If you can make me lean back in my chair and gaze out the window, you’re in. 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. 

“Surprise me. My creative horizon is way out there. 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.”

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 On Location Fridays have weekly Friday deadlines. Our Flash Fiction Saturdays have weekly Saturday deadlines. Our Unusual Sundays have weekly Sunday deadlines. Our Sci-Fi & Fantasy 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.

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 little chance of being published in another category or on a different day.

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.

Do you accept flash fiction?
Yes, up to 1,000 words. Especially on Flash Fiction Saturdays.

What are Wednesday Creative Challenges? How do I participate?
Our Wednesday Creative Challenges are fun and inspirational writing prompts. 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.

I use a super thin, light font. I’m sure you’ll love it!
Don’t be so sure. Journal editors are more likely to spend time with pages they can read without squinting. Don’t use a fancy font or a skinny, light typeface. Chances are, Jon is reading your work after midnight. Choose a dark, easy to read font.

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.

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.

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 using real product brand names, too.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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