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Full guidelines & FAQ

Now paying $10 honorarium, we're v. excited abt this :D

☛ Seeking unpublished, amazing writing and art — we'd love to see more photos, paintings, drawings, diagrams, graphic narratives, &c. Artists/photographers may email thumbs or portfolio links if the Images category is closed.

☛ We are actively seeking more work from under-represented people.

☛ Our taste is best gauged by reading an issue or at least our archive. This is a journal of safety and danger. (In every sense.) We want what we have not 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

One submission at a time (except contests). Up to four free subs per 12 months.

☛ Be respectful of other writers and don't withdraw/resubmit to correct typos, cover letters, etc. We can receive only a limited number of free submissions each month.

☛ By submitting you agree to join our (infrequent) mailing list.

Storm Cellar requires first serial rights and nonexclusive, ongoing electronic rights, per our guidelines. Serial rights revert to author upon publication. Contributors receive $10 honorarium by PP, two complimentary copies of the print edition, the ebook, and a discount on further print copies; plus, we love you forever.

If you don't see a submission form in your genre, we've received as many submissions as we can handle this month (thank you everyone). Free submission resumes the 1st of next month.

Don't want to wait? Send anything*, all in one file; we use the revenue to cover our costs. Or get the latest issue too.

Artists may email thumbnails or a link to a portfolio webpage / Instagram / WeTransfer of dropbox / etc. to Please include an artist bio of 50 words if one is not at the link.

* We are unlikely to publish more than 20 pages of anything.

Ends on $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 second prizes $100 each

Two ways to enter:

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

Deadline: 30 April 2020

Multiple entries are great. Simultaneous submissions are just 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) appear in print, ebook, or online before August 2020.

All entries considered for publication in Storm Cellar. Contest entries in any number do not count toward 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, marks, or images, in any combination
  • May bend genre, form, brains

We encourage entries by BIPOC, trans* and intersex, women and gender nonbinary, LGBQA+, disabled, neurodivergent, and poor authors, as well as members of other under-represented groups. Authors who cannot pay the entry fee, because of financial hardship or lack of online payment in their country, should email the editors with the brief statement that they have need (why not required) so we can arrange an entry; they should send that email from the email address associated with their Submittable account and attach their entry as a .docx or .pdf file. Incarcerated authors only may mail an entry and short author bio, postmarked by the deadline, to Contest Entry c/o Storm Cellar, 1901 St. Anthony Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104; no entry fee required (SASE/postcard for reply, 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 at least that level of transparency and virtue.

All proceeds will go to prizes and production costs of the magazine. No fees may be refunded. "Extra" flashes within entries will not be read. We may disqualify entrants on the basis of harassment and jerkishness. Entrants will be notified of their contest outcome by email, on or before June 30, 2020.

Here's a handy link to examples of flash we've printed. Surprise us!

Response time 7 days or less.

Don't want to wait? Send anything, all in one file.* Use the cover letter space to note mixed-, no-, or other-genre submissions.

Artists may email thumbnails or a link to a portfolio site/dropbox/wetransfer/etc. — If you prefer, drop the images in a PDF and upload them here.


* We are unlikely to publish more than 20 layout-pages of anything.

You're awesome. The cabbage you're sending will keep us in pencils and rubber 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 or anonymous; gifts at the Uplifting, Sustaining, and Sponsor levels can be credited in print for one year, or anonymous. 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
  • 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.

Yes, we send gift subscriptions!

The print and ebook editions of Storm Cellar delivered anywhere. Print subscribers outside the USA, MEX, and CAN should choose the Overseas fee. Ebook-only subscriptions are delivered via email.

  • Print subscription 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.

  • 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.

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