Sometimes you find yourself with a piece of work that doesn’t fit into a clear genre. Sometimes you worry no one will ever ‘get’ your weird writing. Fear not! These publications are happy to accept your weird, absurd, quirky, and genre-bending poetry and prose. If you don’t know where your story belongs, start here. The publications on this list are all currently open for submissions and none charge reading fees.
Note: We are a creative writing school and compile these lists for the benefit of our students. Please don’t send us your publishing queries or submissions :). Click on the links to go to the publication’s website and look for their submissions page.
Intrinsick publishes intermittently online and accepts submissions year-round. They publish fiction and nonfiction (up to 2,000 words) and pay a $10 honorarium for every story they accept. They’re looking for the weird, the bizarre, and for writing that shows ‘the sunny side and the dark side at the same time. Both sides. All sides. There are so many sides to every story.’
Bourbon Penn is looking for ‘highly imaginative stories with a healthy dose of the odd. Odd characters, odd experiences, odd realities.’ They accept fiction submissions between 2,000 and 7,500 words year-round and publish their favorites in an online magazine three times per year. They pay 2¢/word and usually respond within two or three months.
Twin Pies Literary (yes, this is a reference to Twin Peaks) is a new online literary magazine currently looking for short fiction and nonfiction (up to 1,000 words) and poetry (up to 25 lines) to populate the second volume of their online publication. They like anything ‘weird, absurd, sad, hysterical, manic, whatever. Just make it good.’ Average response time ranges from a few weeks to twelve minutes (the editors recently hosted an instant-response submissions period).
The Corvus Review publishes short fiction and nonfiction (up to 1,000 words) and poetry in an online publication twice per year. They are especially interested in odd and quirky stories, but are also looking for work about the human struggle and ‘phoenix-style submissions about overcoming adversity and the indomitable nature of the human spirit.’ Average response time is 3 months.
Strukturiss publishes flash fiction (up to 1,000 words), short fiction (up to 7,500 words), non-fiction (up to 7,500 words), and poetry in its quarterly online publication. The editors are adamant about only taking work that ‘doesn’t fit the mold of conventional publishing’ and are eager to see your writing fragments, experimental poetry, and anything else you can dream up. Submissions are open year-round and the editors generally respond within two weeks.