Typishly is a new online literary journal publishing short stories and poetry submitted by established and emerging writers.

It makes no difference to us whether or not you’ve already been published, or how often. In our pages, you’ll find wonderful 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 submit 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.

Our Founding Editor is a Creative Director and writer who has received international awards for creativity and has been encouraging creative people for a couple of decades. Jon reads all submissions, cover letters and bios. He usually responds within a week.

Here’s what writers are saying about Typishly:

  • “Your journal is stunning and brimming with wonderful work.”
  • “Smart and stylish.”
  • “Your format is contemporary, cool, challenging; I’d be honored to make it here.”
  • “Beautiful and compelling.”
  • “A rich and enjoyable trove.”
  • “Rare balance of high-quality content and approachability.”
  • “Gorgeous site.”
  • “Really love the look. Your content looks fantastic on the page.”
  • “Your journal is beautiful…and the poems you select are pretty wonderful.”
  • “I am a book compositor and so I appreciate your aesthetics. I was struck by the layout, which has a text-y feel.”
  • “I’m thrilled to be included among the writers on Typishly.”
  • “Evocative, weird and wonderful. A joy.”
  • “Thanks for responding so quickly.”
  • “My page looks beautiful! Better than anywhere else I’ve ever been published. Love the typeface and the photo.”
  • “I will definitely share this eclectic and inspiring, beautifully woven journal.”
  • “Wonderful writing!”
  • “Really appreciate the emotional range of the work.”
  • “Thank you for your work with this beautiful journal. I find something that speaks to me every time I read it.”
  • “Vivid and visceral.”
  • “I like your calm, minimalist aesthetic.”

We are always open for your submission.

  • Simply scroll down and click one of our Submit buttons. Click on the More tabs for guidelines.
  • Our Weekend Roundtable: Call for Poetry | Short Fiction has a weekly Saturday deadline.
  • Our Creative Challenges are writing prompts with three-week deadlines.
  • All submissions are securely powered by Submittable, trusted by over 11,000 organizations including The New Yorker, CBS and over 300 universities.
  • Questions? See our FAQs.

We do not accept submissions by email. Your submission might not be published on our website. Providing us with personal biographical information as part of your submission implies that you consent to its publication on our website and storage on our servers should your story or poem be selected for publication. Before making a submission, read our Terms of Use and FAQs.

 

No deadline. Always open.

What to do:

One story per submission. You're welcome to make more than one submission if you want us to read more than one of your stories.

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. Flash fiction is fine.

$3.00 USD

No deadline. Always open.

What to do:

You can submit up to 5 poems at once. It's okay to be unconventional, surprising, different. Long is fine. (We don't publish poems with words scattered artistically all over the page because they do not display properly on smartphone screens.)

Last day to submit: every Saturday (refreshes weekly).

We look forward to sitting around our old harvest table on the weekend to discuss submissions received for the Weekend Roundtable.

What to do:
Submit ONE story - OR - up to FIVE poems in a submission. If you have more work, you're welcome to make more than one submission.
Don’t submit short fiction over 5,000 words long.
Don't submit poems with words scattered artistically all over the page.

 

Last day to submit: September 22/18

This is NOT a contest. There are no prizes. It’s a creative challenge. We’ll publish every submission that impresses us with its creativity. And we’ll do that as the submissions roll in. When our deadline has come and gone, we’ll repeat the challenge with new writing prompts. (Don’t submit short fiction over 5,000 words long. Don't submit poems with words scattered artistically all over the page.)

WHAT TO DO:
  You MUST USE ONLY ONE of the three phrases below to BEGIN your short story or poem.

CHOOSE ONLY ONE OPTION BELOW:

EITHER...
USE THIS PHRASE TO BEGIN YOUR STORY OR POEM:

He was telling his wife how much he loved her, when his dog suddenly said, “Bullshit.”


 OR...

USE THIS PHRASE TO BEGIN YOUR STORY OR POEM:
 

She slipped her card into the slot and felt a tingle.


OR...

USE THIS PHRASE TO BEGIN YOUR STORY OR POEM:

Sure, she wears men's trousers, but that's not all she does.

Last day to submit: September 29/18

This is NOT a contest. There are no prizes. It’s a creative challenge. We’ll publish every submission that impresses us with its creativity. And we’ll do that as the submissions roll in. When our deadline has come and gone, we’ll repeat the challenge with new writing prompts. (Don’t submit short fiction over 5,000 words long. Don't submit poems with words scattered artistically all over the page.)

WHAT TO DO:
We’ve provided three options below, each containing three words or phrases. Choose only ONE option. You must use all three of the exact words or phrases found within the option you choose. USE THE THREE WORDS OR PHRASES IN ANY ORDER, somewhere within your short story or poem. It helps if you BOLD them, so readers can easily find them.


CHOOSE...
OPTION 1: USE ALL 3 OF THESE WORDS/PHRASES IN YOUR SHORT STORY OR POEM (IN ANY ORDER)…
new hire     +      office politics      +      desk drawer

OR CHOOSE...

OPTION 2: USE ALL 3 OF THESE WORDS/PHRASES IN YOUR SHORT STORY OR POEM (IN ANY ORDER)...
 high heels      +      drama queen      +       lavender    

OR CHOOSE...

OPTION 3: USE ALL 3 OF THESE WORDS/PHRASES IN YOUR SHORT STORY OR POEM (IN ANY ORDER)...
 zipper       +       voyeur       +       answer

Last day to submit: October 6/18

 This is NOT a contest. There are no prizes. It’s a creative challenge. We’ll publish every submission that impresses us with its creativity. And we’ll do that as the submissions roll in. When our deadline has come and gone, we’ll repeat the challenge with new writing prompts. (Don’t submit short fiction over 5,000 words long. Don't submit poems with words scattered artistically all over the page.)

WHAT TO DO:

 You MUST USE ONLY ONE of the three sentences below to END your short story or poem.


CHOOSE ONLY ONE OPTION BELOW:


EITHER...
USE THIS SENTENCE TO END YOUR STORY OR POEM:
sirens be comin’ for mama and still enrico play on
 

OR...

USE THIS SENTENCE TO END YOUR STORY OR POEM:
one more tired dawn slips through her open doorway on padded yellow catfeet
 

OR...

USE THIS SENTENCE TO END YOUR STORY OR POEM:

delirious steam rises where crickets dance the light fantastic