1 Sept. – 30 Dec. submit for a women-identifying & genderqueer authors issue, Winter '16-'17.

Themed issue does not require you write about being a woman. In the interest of brevity we squeezed all of the gender possibilities other than full-time-man/-woman under the heading "genderqueer," so if you're wondering if we include you, we do. 

We're also reading general submissions for Spring/Summer '17.

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☞ Seeking unpublished, amazing writing and images — seriously, we'd love to see more art, photos, diagrams, graphic narratives, &c.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

☞ Storm Cellar acquires 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 on further copies. Plus, we love you forever.

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.
$ 3.00 - 18.00

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. Multiple copies? Our store is over here. ( 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.


* 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, any style.
  • Print edition interior is grayscale on uncoated paper, no more than 4.5"x7.5".
  • Ebook images can be color & larger.

Though we want to see things different to what we've published so far, our only real criterion is whether we dig what you're laying down. We like, but by no means require, series or projects.

We can handle most file formats; if you must send RAWs, email.

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. However, if your originals are not so big, 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, memoir and personal-ized history, genre-bending and form-blending: 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.

Things we've not seen enough: adventures, minority perspectives, formal invention, things from the Midwest, things outside the US, true weird crime, environmental disaster/success, mystery packages, black cats crossing your path under a ladder made of broken mirrors.

Things we've seen too much lately: cancer, addiction, break-ups, grampa's war diary.

Interpret these suggestions as loosely as you see fit.

• Up to 4 flashes, 4,000 total words, one file.

Flash — what is this? Send us it.

• 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, sex rites, standing stones, cavaliers, Cadillacs, photostats, rude boys, buried toys, gold fever, bone fever, war fever, baby fever, submarines, pipe dreams, cigarettes & rock music, sign vs. signifier, prairie fire, smugglers, insurance, kissing cousins, "here there be monsters," mafia dons, 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

Yes, we send gift subscriptions!

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  • We publish 2-3 issues per year.
  • Price includes shipping and a fee to Submittable.

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Beginning with the latest issue (or the next one if you want) — the ebook edition delivered to your inbox.
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$ 30.00 - 75.00
$ 30.00 - 75.00
Beginning with the latest issue, the print edition delivered to your door or other proper mail reception location, anywhere in the world.
  • Optional, free add-on: the ebook sent to your inbox.
  • Price includes shipping and a fee to Submittable.
  • We publish 2-3 issues per year.
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Just want to submit and read a back issue? Click this.
Single issues available at our store.