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☛ Seeking unpublished, amazing writing and art — we'd love to see more photos, paintings, drawings, diagrams, graphic narratives, &c.

☛ Our taste is best gauged by reading an issue or at least our archive. This is a journal of safety and danger. We want what we have never seen before. “I don’t have a lot of time. I can give a poem a couple of lines, a short story a paragraph, and a novel a few pages, then if I can stop reading without a sense of loss, I do, and I go on to something else.” —Flannery O’Connor

☛ By agreeing to publication, authors grant Storm Cellar first serial rights and nonexclusive, ongoing electronic rights, per our guidelines. Serial rights revert to author upon publication. Authors receive the print edition, the ebook, and a discount; plus, we love you forever.

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☛ Until May 1, 2018, we'll read mailed submissions from incarcerated people; see submission page for details.

Ends on April 30, 2018$5.00 - 12.00
$5.00 - 12.00

Force Majeure: a great and unexpected power. We're looking for the best small things, any form, any content, any fine and wonderful creation.


Top prize for a single flash $300

Two runners-up $100 each

DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. CST, 30th April 2018.

Two ways to enter:

  1. Upload 1 flash (you'll receive an ebook of the prize issue) - $5
  2. Upload 1–3 flashes in a single file (receive a print copy of the prize issue) - $12

Multiple entries are fine. Simultaneous submissions are fine; if a flash is accepted elsewhere, please notify us via a note on the submission within Submittable. Winning flash must not be (scheduled to be) published in print, ebook, or internet before August 2018.

All entries considered for publication in Storm CellarContest entries in any number do not violate our one-at-a-time general submissions policy.

What is a flash?

  • Shorter than 1000 words
  • Not more than 5 pages
  • May contain fiction, nonfiction, non-letter marks (images), or some combination
  • May bend genre, form, brains

We encourage submissions by women, people of color, indigenous, disabled, lgbtq+, and poor authors, as well as members of other under-represented groups. Authors who because of financial hardship or unavailability of PP/card in their country cannot pay the entry fee should email the editors with a brief statement that they have need so that we can arrange an entry; attach your entry as a .docx or .pdf file. Incarcerated authors may mail submissions, postmarked by the deadline, to the address listed on our website, no entry fee required (include someone's email address if you desire ebook delivery).

Contest will be decided by the editors. Close friends, family, current students, and employers of the editors may not enter. While not a member of the CLMP, we strive to achieve a similar level of transparency and virtue.

All proceeds will go to prizes and production costs. No fees may be refunded. "Extra" flashes within entries will not be read. We may disqualify entrants on the basis of harassing behavior. Entrants will be notified of their contest outcome by email, on or before June 30, 2018.

Handy link to examples of flash we've printed. Surprise us!

You're awesome. The cabbage you're sending will keep us in coal and paperclips for another year.

Also, if you want, upload up to 20pp. of anything and we'll consider it for publication.

Friendship gifts can be credited in print; gifts at the Sustaining, Spirit Animal, and Sponsor levels can be credited in print for one year. Anonymous option available. Donations to Storm Cellar are not tax-deductible charitable giving, but they do aid in covering our production, distribution, and server costs, allowing us to bring this magazine into the world.

Yes, we can send the issue as a gift!

Submit anything (or nothing).* We'll send you the issue of your choice, print and/or ebook. Choose the appropriate add-on to receive the print edition; check "no ebook" for print-only delivery. ( Current issue info | archive. ) 

  • Ebook arrives by email attachment (up to 10MB) from stormcellar.orders@gmail.com.
  • Artists choosing this option may email us a flickr/portfolio/WeTransfer/Google Docs/etc. link, instead of creating a single file for their submission.
Multiple copies? Our store is over here.

* We're unlikely to print more than 20 pp. (6000 wd./600 ll.) of anything, but if you're convinced a longer (group of) work(s) is perfect for us, go ahead.

  • Up to 20 pages, any medium, subject, style.
  • Print edition interior is grayscale on uncoated paper, no larger than 5"x7".
  • Ebook edition is color, and larger where appropriate.

Though we want to see things different from what we've published so far, our main criterion is whether we dig what you're laying down. We tend to prefer striking compositions and contrasty texture. We like, but by no means require, series and projects.

We suggest you use the title of the image (if any) as the filename. We can handle most common file formats, but see below about file types.

Friendly advice about file size: Whatever size/format you upload, we suggest having originals available at 300dpi/1800px wide minimum (we prefer at least 600dpi/3000px wide for covers), in a lossless format like .tiff, uncompressed .png, or .ai. If your originals are smaller or .jpeg, that's fine: don't blow them up unless your Photoshop fu is strong.

• 1 item, up to 5,000 words. We lean toward the swift/compact.

Lyric(-al) and narrative(-ish) essay, form-blending & genre-bending, personal-ized history and memoir-that-connects-to-larger-issues: we're talking creative nonfiction. No academic studies, no lit crit. We may print your review/"review" of pretty much anything (including a Sweet Corn Festival or new talking-robot-toilet model), if it's funny, bizarre, and/or actually an essay. The internet's filled with short nonfiction, so surprise us.

Things we've not seen enough: formal invention, adventures, minority perspectives, things from the Midwest, things outside the US, truly weird crime, environmental disaster/success, signs & portents.

Things we've seen too much: cancer, addiction, break-ups, grampaw's war diary, mi-ma's cookies.

Interpret these suggestions as loosely as you see fit.

• 1 fiction up to 5,000 words. More-compact stories tend to do better.

We like it hot, we like it cold, we like it hard and fast, we like it slow and gentle, we like it traditional,* we like it experimental.

We like it anonymous, don't care about a title page. We like it 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced.

* Traditional: 1. not experimental; 2. ignorance, thanatos, octopodes, standing stones, sex rites, MRIs, cavaliers, Cadillacs, rude boys, buried toys, gold fever, war fever, bone fever, baby fever, submarines, pipe dreams, cigarettes & rock music, sign vs. signifier, prairie fire, smugglers, insurance, kissing cousins, "here there be monsters," border crossing, Amazons, apocalyptics, analytics, riding tigers, tiny islands, hackers, holograms, embezzlement, grafitti, hot zones, outer space….

  • Up to 5 poems, 400 lines/15 pages total.
  • All poems in one document, each beginning a new page.

We're open to anything. We like surprises.

We're not super in love with greeting card sentiments/prosody, nor these topics: cats, coffee, booze, birds. Of course, a poem is its own best case for its awesomeness.

$20.00 - 75.00
$20.00 - 75.00

Yes, we send gift subscriptions!

The print edition of Storm Cellar delivered anywhere in the USA. International subscribers use this form please. Ebook-only subscription: click here.

  • Optional, free add-on: the ebook sent to your inbox.
  • We publish about 2–3 issues per year; subscriptions are by-the-issue.
  • Shipping is included.

Just want to read a back issue after you submit? Click this.

$6.00 - 20.00
$6.00 - 20.00
The ebook edition delivered to your inbox, beginning with the latest issue. Yes, we can make it a gift!
  • Attachments up to 10 MB from stormcellar.orders@gmail.com.
  • We publish 2-3 issues per year.
  • Price includes a fee to Submittable.
Just want to submit and read a back issue? Click this.
$29.99 - 119.99
$29.99 - 119.99
The print edition delivered to your door or other proper mail reception location, anywhere in the world, beginning with the latest issue. Yes, we can make it a gift!
  • Optional, free add-on: the ebook sent to your inbox.
  • Price includes shipping and a small fee to Submittable.
  • We publish about 2–3 issues per year; subscriptions are by-the-issue.
Ebook-only subscription (PDF, EPUB, MOBI): click here. Just want to submit and read a back issue? Click this. Single issues available at our store.
• Up to 4 flashes, 4,000 total words, one file.

Flash — what is this? Send us it.