Needs: cutting edge, hardboiled, horror, literary, noir,
psychological/horror. No fanfiction,
romance, or swords & sorcery, no fantasy and no erotica. We no longer publish erotica,
but if your story contains graphic sex that is essential to the story, that's
fine. Absolutely nothing glorifying
No stories involving
abuse of children, animals or dead people.
ANIMAL ABUSE IS OUR NUMBER ONE NO-NO! IT WILL GET YOUR STORY KICKED BACK
QUICKER THAN ANYTHING ELSE.
Nothing so sick or perverted
that even I can’t
read it. Nothing racist or bigoted, anti-religion, nothing blasphemous or
sacrilegious. Nothing either right-wing
Conservative or so politically correct the ACLU would love it. There’s
a happy medium somewhere: Write
straight from the heart; call it like you see it, but show some control. Also, no published song lyrics or poetry or
quotes from other stories. Material from texts or academic books may be quoted, but must be properly footnoted.
Length: No more than 3,500
words. Anything longer, please query first. Flash
fiction (approximately 700 words or less) is cool. Fiction: one story at a time
and no simultaneous submissions, please! (The absolute BEST way to
land on the Yellow Mama shitlist is to send a story, then pull it because you
sent it somewhere else. Once ya do that, yer screwed at our house.) Poetry:
up to three poems. Again, no simultaneous submissions, please.
We require Worldwide Electronic Rights from the
day of acceptance until the day the issue your story/poem appears in is taken down from the magazine site, and placed into
archives. If the
rights are for one year, you cannot publish that piece anywhere else
on the World Wide Web until the work goes off the magazine site & into the
Archives. Artwork: up to three pieces.
How to contact:
Electronic submissions only. Send fiction and poetry as email
attachments in MS Word or something compatible to our new email address
at: email@example.com with “Submission”
Please do not paste your work into the body of an email and expect me to
reformat the thing. Send artwork as a file attachment to the same address. In
any case, a brief cover letter would be nice.
Include a short bio and past publications (if any) and make sure your
name, address, & email address is on the first page of the
manuscript. Also make sure you insert numbers on every page.
proofread your story. Lately I've been getting TOO many stories with
misspelled words & typos on the VERY FIRST PAGE. Sometimes the very
first PARAGRAPH! Like, what does that say about the writer? Please use
Times New Roman font—I HATE Courier (My mag, my rules!)
Payment: The thrill of
story/poem/artwork seen by so many! The
joy of seeing your name in print! I could go on, and on. But sorry, no bucks,
and since we’re not a print mag, no copies, either! And last of all, please wait 3
months before submitting new material, whether your
work was accepted, or rejected.
you can read an interview with the editor at this link: