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Baked in the Cake-Fiction by Hilary Lyon
The Bridge is Over-Fiction by Tim Frank
Free to Leave-Fiction by Mickey J. Corrigan
Bruno-Fiction by Edward Francisco
The Sicilian Doctor's Tale-Fiction by Paul Smith
Money Heals All Wounds-Fiction by Chris Fortunato
Flag Day-Fiction by Paul Beckman
Dance Fever Part II, Fiction by Greg Smith
Black Fedoras, Fishnet Stockings and An Old Master-Fiction by Roy Dorman
Lunar Madness-Fiction by J. Brooke
Killing Chauncey-Fiction by Gary Lovisi
Dee's Sentence-Fiction by Steve Prusky
Fire Man Sings the Blues-Fiction by Terry Butler
The Sequel: My First Novel_Fiction by Michael D. Davis
Switchbacks in the Forgotten Corner-Fiction by Walter Giersbach
Carnival Days 1969-Flash Fiction by Robert Kokan
Break-Flash Fiction by Martin Zeigler
Isabelle-Flash Fiction by KJ Hannah Greenberg
All You Young Dudes-Flash Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Irony-Flash Fiction by Betty Reich
Even the Dead Need Somewhere to Live-Flash Fiction by Jon Park
Boiled Like Lobster (Not Me)-Poem by Bradford Middleton
Black Summer-Poem by Wayne F. Burke
14 Days-Poem by Ann Marie Rhiel
Lives Alone-Poem by Kenneth James Crist
My Palimpsest-Poem by Leon Fedolfi
I Lay with Tigers-Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman
Rushing Slowly Through a Lucid Dream with Roberto Bolano-Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman
Dive-Poem by John Sweet
The Poem as a Bouquet of Broken Glass-Poem by John Sweet
The Projector-Poem by Michael Keshigian
Boston Common-Poem by Michael Keshigian
Along the River-Poem by Holly Day
The Voyager-Poem by Holly Day
All Points from Zermatt-Poem by Henry Bladon
Lost Letters-Poem by Henry Bladon
Black Throat-Poem by John Tustin
Working It All Out-Poem by John Tustin
The Brutality and Terror-Poem by John Tustin
A Nice Poen for a Change-Poem by Marc Carver
The Lover-Poem by Marc Carver
Metier-Poem by Marc Carver
Strangers Keep Friending Me-Poem by David Spicer
True Love-Poem by David Spicer
Rita Hayworth and Me-Poem by David Spicer
Green Lasers-Poem by Daniel G. Snethen
Rodeo Clown-Poem by Daniel G. Snethen
My Nightmare-Poem by Daniel G. Snethen
The Joker-Poem by Daniel G. Snethen
Cartoons by Cartwright
Hail, Tiger!
Angel of Manslaughter
Strange Gardens
Gutter Balls
Calpurnia's Window
No Place Like Home
ALAT
Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

Our Guidelines

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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 Satanism!


  No stories involving abuse of children, animals or dead people.


Seriously folks, 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 strongly Conservative or blatantly Liberal or so politically correct the ACLU would love it. Seriously, keep your politics to yourself or at least low-key. 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) is cool.  Fiction: ONE STORY AT A TIME AND NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS! THE ABSOLUTE BEST WAY TO MAKE THE YELLOW MAMA SHITLIST IS TO SEND A STORY AND THEN PULL IT BECAUSE YOU SENT IT SOMEWHERE ELSE. ONCE YOU DO THAT, YOU’RE SCREWED AT OUR HOUSE!   Poetry: up to three poems.  Again, no simultaneous submissions, please. 

If your story is a reprint, it must have been published at least a year prior to your submission with us. All reprints must be accompanied by the bibliography of the story, in other words where and when it has been published before. In addition, ORIGINAL, UNPUBLISHED WORK WILL ALWAYS BE GIVEN PREFERENCE OVER REPRINTS, and reprint material may be "bumped" in favor of original, unpublished pieces. We do this to keep fresh material and ideas flowing and to try and even the field for the newer, upcoming writers.


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: crosmus@hotmail.com  with “Submission” as subject.  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. Please don't submit using Google Outlook or other new, fancy apps. We're old-fashioned, so just keep it simple, okay? In any case, include a brief cover letter with a SHORT bio, stating some past publications. However, please do not send a long list of every story/poem that's ever been published. And do NOT include a synopsis of the story you're sending.


      Please make sure your name, address, & email address is on the first page of the manuscript.  Also make sure you insert numbers on every page.


     Please carefully 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 having your 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.


Also, you can read an interview with the editor at this link:


http://sixquestionsfor.blogspot.com/2018/05/sqf-revisited-yellow-mama.html











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