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Thrice Fiction Submission Guidelines...

Updated August 1, 2013

Thrice Fiction is a constant blending of old and new. Of the works we publish, 99% are 100% unsolicited. Consequently this assures you that every story we get, we read. Everything gets a fair shot.

A few things before we dig in...

  • We don't offer payment... all Thrice Fiction digital editions are free to download.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but request that you identify them as such. Please let us know as soon as possible if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • There is no reading fee.
  • Any work received outside the submission periods (listed on the calendar below) will be discarded.

There are a few things that will hurt your chances. These are not hard-and-fast rules that determine great art from mere baggage. Others may not have the same idea, and that's fine. But here at Thrice Fiction there are certain things we like, and certain things we don’t...

  • Every issue we’ve ever published is available free in several formats right here on this site. There is absolutely no excuse, except laziness, for not reviewing the work we’ve accepted in the past to see what we’re about. And you know what? Sometimes we get a submission and it is blatantly obvious the writer didn’t bother. Why would you do that?
  • We like to have a reason to read past the first paragraph. It’s short fiction so have a hook, quickly.
  • We no longer read material that goes beyond 5000 words.
  • Poetry has little chance here.
  • We like genre-benders, odd forms, flash, micro, and alternative, but will also include more traditional forms and styles if well crafted.
  • We can edit punctuation and grammar errors. They happen even to the best. We’re not grammar Nazis. But there is a point at which, if it becomes oppressive in the course of the work, we start to wonder what the hell is wrong with you and just lose faith. Don’t be that guy.

And, of course, all these rules will be tossed away if you send us something that can’t be denied.


All submissions are made via the Submittable website (use the button link below). Cover letters are a matter of complete indifference to us. So is your bio. We don’t care who you are or what you’ve done or where you have been published. We're happy to just let the work speak for itself.

NOTE: Sometimes the Submittable button takes a while to load. It will appear below...


Thrice Fiction is published thrice yearly, and we ask that you PLEASE do not send any of your work outside the submission windows shown below, or we will be forced to discard it...

 Issue Publication Date         Submissions Start         Submissions Deadline 
DECEMBER, 2017       AUGUST 1, 2017       AUGUST 31, 2017
APRIL, 2018       DECEMBER 1, 2017       DECEMBER 31, 2017
AUGUST, 2018       APRIL 1, 2018       APRIL 31, 2018


NOTE: Submittable will not allow submissions outside our submission windows... mark your calendars!


A note about artwork... If your work is accepted for publication in Thrice Fiction we will pair you with an artist who will provide lovely visuals for whatever space is available in the layout. If you would prefer to provide your own artwork for consideration, that's perfectly acceptable, but you must make arrangements in advance so that we can get you a layout, work with you on the file requirements, and have your artwork approved before we go to press. Please note that all artwork MUST be accompanied by a statement of ownership or permission of use from the artist so that we are in compliance with copyright law. We do not accept any art where there is a question of usage rights. Please contact the Art Director at the address above if you have any questions or need to make arrangements for your story. WE USE ARTWORK IN EVERY ISSUE! If you are an artist and want to inquire about submitting your work, please contact David Simmer at the art submissions address below.


• Send art submission queries to: — please do not send any material unless requested.

A note about copyright... All material published by THRICE Fiction remains the property of the writer or artist. We only ask for the right to publish said material in our online, digital, and printed editions. This includes archives of these editions both online and in printed annuals and specials.




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