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Idle Ink is currently open to submissions

We’re interested in reading all types of stories from all types of people. If you have something that you think we would enjoy that doesn’t fit into the categories below, send it over to us anyway (but please respect the maximum word count!).

Reprints are considered on a case by case basis (provided it is permitted by the original publisher). If the piece you are submitting is a reprint, please make this clear in your email.

 Fiction

  • Word limit: up to 5,000 words.
  • Please only send one story at a time (simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know if it’s accepted elsewhere).
  • Any genre is acceptable. Surprise us!
  • Please submit your story in proper manuscript format (there’s a great template here).
  • Should your work be accepted, all rights are retained by you.

Personal essays/Articles

  • Word limit: up to 5,000 words
  • Please only send one piece at a time (simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know if it’s accepted elsewhere).
  • We’re open to essays/articles on any subject: serious, analytical, humorous – if it’s intriguing and well-written, we want to read it.
  • Should your work be accepted, all rights are retained by you.

How to submit

  • Email your submission to idleink@outlook.com with the subject line “Submission: [Title] by [your name]”
  • Cover letters can be brief, but must include the following information:
    • Your name (or pen name, if you use one).
    • The title of your work
    • Approximate word count
  • Accepted file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf (please do not paste your work into the body of the email).

To read an interview with Idle Ink editor J.L. Corbett about the type of work we’re looking for and what separates the good submissions from the bad, click here.

We endeavour to respond to all submissions within one month. If you don’t receive a response within this time frame, feel free to send us an email.

Sadly, we are no longer able to offer feedback to pieces that we pass on, and we are currently unable to offer payment. Hopefully this will change in the future.

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