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  • fiction and creative nonfiction, up to 1,000 words

  • prose poetry, under 200 words (or so)

  • poetry, under 50 lines

  • up to three pieces per submission, more than one genre is okay, but please specify in cover letter

  • previously unpublished work only

WHEN: submissions are accepted on a rolling basis



  • include your name and genre in subject line (i.e. Sally Snail - Fiction)

  • say hello and include a brief third-person bio in the body of the email 

  • attach your submission as a Word doc or PDF (if submitting multiple pieces, please include them all in one document), OR copy and paste your submission directly into the body of the email

WE’RE LOOKING FOR: pieces that don’t follow traditional narrative arcs, that surprise us and leave us with some questions, that overflow with fresh sensory language, that make our hearts hurt a little. Send us your spirals, your misfits, your rebels, and your ramblings.

WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR: anything remotely racist, homophobic, misogynistic, bigoted; gratuitous sex, violence, or vulgarity


  • we are not the place for poetry that is heavily formatted

  • please send us genre pieces, but only if you feel strongly that they would be a good fit here


  • By submitting to Gastropoda, you agree to grant us First World Electronic Rights and Non-Exclusive Archival Rights, so that we can continue to keep your work on our site. All other rights remain yours. If your work is published elsewhere in the future, please consider giving a shout out to Gastropoda as its first home.

  • Please submit previously unpublished work only

  • Simultaneous submissions welcome (please let us know ASAP if your piece gets accepted elsewhere, so we can congratulate you!)

  • Unfortunately, we cannot offer payment at this time

  • Response time is within 90 days, but usually much sooner than that. Feel free to reach out about the status of your submission if you haven't heard from us by then.

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