Submission Guidelines


Our submission window is now closed. Check back in January to see when our next window opens.

We accept short stories under 5,000 words, flash fiction under 1,000 words, and essays and creative nonfiction under 2,000 words. We will consider one short story per author per submission period or three flash fiction pieces per author per submission period. Poets may submit up to three poems per submission period. We do not accept memoir. Lyrics are by invitation only.

We delight in fostering good writers and have only two editions a year in which to feature them. If we have accepted a story from you, please wait a year before you submit another. You are welcome to submit short essays, song lyrics, or interview proposals with notable authors in-between.

Your submission should include:
1. A short (3-4 sentence) biographical paragraph explaining who you are as an author. Include any websites/social media.
2. Let us know the total word count and the genre (if it defies genre, note that too).

We aim to respond within six weeks, although it is not always possible.

Who can send us work? Everyone. Anyone. We read all work with hopes of finding a masterpiece, and we select work solely on the basis of craft. You do not have to live in Santa Barbara to be published in the journal, but let us know if you're local.

There is no fee to submit your work. We accept simultaneous submissions but let us know if your story is accepted elsewhere.

Upcoming Issues
Volume 6: Saturn's Return

Submission Window Jan - March 2021

In European astrology, every thirty years, the planet Saturn returns to the same position it was in when you were born. This is when we are said to experience Saturn's Return, a time when people change directions, leave relationships, start new paths, transforming into the next phase of their lives. If you live long enough, you will experience Saturn's return at 30, 60, and 90. We do not require literal adherence to the theme; in fact, we'd prefer you be as creative with it as possible. Everything from literary fiction to science fiction and fantasy are welcome. 

Novelette Competition
Volume 6: Saturn's Return

Submission Window Jan - March 2021

Novelettes are short stories that careened out of control and dove down the rabbit hole, well past the usual 5,000 word limit of a journal. In Volume 6, we will feature one longer story, between 5,000 and 15,000 words. More details to come.


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