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Typishly is closed for new submissions. Open again in February.

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 1,600 writers follow Typishly on Submittable. We do not read emailed submissions. Submittable is trusted by over two million users and 11,000+ organizations, including Random House, Simon and Schuster, Harlequin, New Yorker, CBS, NBC, Harvard, MIT, LA Times, TechCrunch, NPR, and 300+ universities. There is a small submission fee.

What are your deadlines?
We’re open for submissions every week from Monday through Wednesday. Closed Thursday through Sunday.

Here’s our regular weekly schedule:

  • Emerging Writer Mondays
  • Flash Fiction Tuesdays
  • Poetry Tuesdays
  • Short Story Wednesdays
  • Closed for submissions on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
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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.

Who decides whether my work will be accepted for publication or declined?
Jon does.

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 less than 24 hours 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.

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 in less than 24 hours. 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.

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.

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 | Raglan Road or Near Enough by Eva H.D.”

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 Tuesday for new flash fiction submissions.

Is it a good idea to use a thin, light Mac font like Helvetica Neue? 
No. Thin, light fonts are difficult to read easily. Choose a relatively dark, easy to read font.

Do you publish sexually explicit material?

Do you use trigger warnings?
If your work requires a trigger warning, don’t submit it. (If you’re sensitive, don’t even read the rest of this answer.) We don’t publish poetry or short stories with references to self-harm, suicide, graphic violence, physical or mental abuse, mass shootings, active shooters, forcible confinement, abduction, mistreatment of children, death of a child, sexual assault, torture, or similar themes.

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, even if it has been revised, and even if the revisions are extensive. We’d prefer to read another of your pieces instead.

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 were writing prompts. They have been discontinued. You can still read submissions that impressed us with their creativity.

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 deeply indented and spaced artistically across 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, creative non-fiction, 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?

Well, then, do I get my own author page on Typishly?
Yes. 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, collages or found poems?
No. We like to inspire writers by letting them know how much we admire the originality and creativity of their writing. Given that these poems consist of found lines and phrases ‘borrowed’ from other sources, 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.

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.

Paying the submission fee means my work will definitely be accepted for publication, right?
No, it doesn’t. We’re not a vanity publisher.

Do you pay writers?
No, we don’t.

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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