Submissions are now open until January 13, 2018. 

Scintilla accepts simultaneous submissions of original, unpublished work. Our response time varies, but writers should hear from us within 4-6 weeks. In order to track and manage our submissions, we only accept work submitted through Submittable. There are no reading fees for submitting your work; and, unfortunately we are unable to pay writers for published work.

On the top of the first page, please include your name, address, telephone number, and email address. An optional biographical note may be included with submissions, and will be asked for upon publication. Manuscripts should be saved as either doc or rtf.

Please follow the guidelines for prose and poetry.


Editorial Vision

For fiction, we're looking for stories that draw us in and make us forget about our surroundings for a moment. Is your story captivating? Is it original? We want to read stories we haven't seen before. Take a risk. Explore the margins.

In regard to nonfiction, we're interested in both personal and topical essays. If you have a story to tell about someone or yourself, then send it in. If you've written an interesting essay about prisons in the United States or the lumber industry (and you aren't Annie Proulx), we want to read that too.

Finally, we're interested in both experimental and more conventional poetry. If your poem creates an emotional response in a reader, please submit it. Poems are windows through which we see one another. 

If you're unsure whether or not your work is a good fit for Scintilla, please read some previous issues. Spend time with those writers whose work we've published. Seek out their poems and prose in other venues, then reflect on what to do.

One way we differentiate ourselves from other publishers, is that we try to provide some feedback if we don't accept a piece for publication. It doesn't always happen, but we try. Why? Because, we're all writers. It sucks to get a flat rejection. Revising is difficult. Having a few points from which to proceed helps in the writing process. Scintilla is a platform for a community of writers.

Submissions are now open for the next themed-issue of Scintilla "The Patterns of Place: Seeking Shelter; Finding Home." The focus of the issue is on place with special attention on the refugee and immigrant experience. If your piece does not speak to that specific experience; but to the larger role of place in shaping identity, you may still send us your work. We'd love to read it, and hopefully, publish it. Submissions will remain open until January 13th, 2018.

Fiction

All manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages. For short stories our word limit is 6,500. Please submit only one story per issue, unless asked for more work.

Poetry

Poetry should be single-spaced and include no more than four poems.

Nonfiction

All manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages. For essays our word limit is 6,500. Please, submit only one essay per submission call.
Let's show short story writers some love. If you'd like to review a short story, we'd love to publish it on Scrivler, our sister site. Make sure to include where the story was published, who the author was and the title of the work.
If you'd like to review a book, we'd love to publish it on Scrivler, our sister site. Make sure to include a citation in your submission.
Want to publish on our sister site, Scrivler? Send in an original, unpublished flash fiction story that's under 500 words.