are we currently accepting submissions?

please see the website for current & future submissions calls. we generally list themes several months in advance so that you have time to prepare!

the basics:

  • miniskirt is a destination for love & romance
  • we publish poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and flash prose
  • we will publish visual art in future issues
  • we publish issues about 8 times a year; please see the website for our upcoming publication schedule

the details:

what we’re looking for:

  • miniskirt is a destination for love & romance. we want your flirtations, your short & sweet confections. we adore romcom, but if you’ve got something dramatic, send that our way too!
  • all love is equal here at miniskirt, so give us your queer devotions, your hetero hymns, your poems about poly life, your stories where being ace is celebrated
  • anything from clean to full-on erotica (though erotica without nuanced characters will be a hard sell)
  • all kinds of genre mashups!
  • we accept sad endings, but you’re much more likely to get our attention with a happy one (the world is a shitshow, we only have so many emotional spoons & we prefer to send hope into the universe when we can); romance is The Point here
  • when it comes to visual art, mood is everything. send us figurative work or abstraction. we like it all: photography, painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, mixed media, digital design, even publication-quality photos of sculpture or installation. if it evokes luscious feelings, send it our way.
  • we’ll accept reprints if the original publication is more than three years old & the rights have reverted to you; just let us know in your cover letter.
  • we would love to see submissions from creators ages 16 to immortal.

please send us:


PLEASE SUBMIT TO THE CORRECT CATEGORY (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or art) ON SUBMITTABLE. IF A GENRE IS NOT AVAILABLE TO SUBMIT TO, THAT MEANS WE HAVE REACHED OUR SUBMISSION CAP FOR THE PERIOD.


  • include a short cover letter (we are not formal, “yo, check out this poem” is fine)
  • no need to include a bio; we’ll ask for this if we accept your work
  • your written work in a word doc or .pdf attachment (no Google docs/links, please)

                          poetry: up to 5 poems, no more than 10pp total
                         prose:1 short story or CNF piece up to 5000 words
                                up to 3 flash pieces (fic or CNF), no more than 1250 words each

  • please do not submit more than one (1) submission per reading period per genre. we will decline additional submissions without reading them. if you withdraw your (entire) submission before we send a response, you may resubmit within the same window.
  • your visual art in a .pdf attachment a group of 4-10 pieces that work cohesively as a group
  • of course simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let us know asap if another publication snatches it up first! (we’ll be sad but we’ll send congratulatory emoji balloons)


please do NOT send:

  • racist, queerphobic, xenophobic, ableist, or otherwise derogatory bullshit; no fetishization for fetishization’s sake
  • absolutely no work featuring sexual assault in any variety, even if the work is about a character surviving/overcoming it; while these stories are valid and need to be told, they just are not in miniskirt‘s aesthetic. there are plenty of journals out there who can and do take care of these stories; please submit there.
  • any work that needs a trigger warning but doesn’t have one (our EIC is a survivor of multiple traumas, and blindsiding her — or anyone else — is absolutely not the way to get an acceptance letter)


what to expect:

  • we respond to every submission, usually within 3-4 weeks (and often sooner!); 6 weeks is the longest you will wait to hear from us
  • right now we’re just a baby lit mag getting our legs under us, so we can’t pay yet, but we are working toward that in the future
  • we nominate for Pushcart, Best of the Net, & Best Small Fictions
  • we promote the magazine and your work on Twitter & Instagram (i'm getting better at Insta, be kind to this Elder Millenial)
  • a few writers will get more in-depth, personalized feedback at the editors’ discretion (anywhere from recommendations for other venues to submit to, to one-two paragraphs of editorial suggestions); unfortunately, we get so many submissions that it’s not possible to respond this way to every submission, so we apologize in advance for our form letter rejections -- if you're interested in feedback, let us know in your cover letter; we can't guarantee that we'll have time, but we will certainly try if we know you want it
  • keep up with us on Twitter & Insta: @miniskirtmag

Hello!

miniskirt magazine hopes to bring aboard an additional associate editor/reader for prose, and an additional poetry reader.

Staff positions are available on a volunteer-only basis (unfortunately, miniskirt is a labor of love and the costs to operate and maintain it come directly out of our pockets; should we win the lottery, this will definitely change, but as of now, we are limited by the very finite numbers of our day job paychecks). 


What we're hoping for in a reader/editor:

- able to read 1-4 hours per week, on average (you can tell us how much time you can devote)

- some experience in reading and critiquing creative writing, though we are willing to mentor the right candidate if you're up for that

- is a fan of the journal (otherwise, why are you here? lol)

- looking for 1 additional fiction reader/editor & 1 poetry reader beginning Issue 16 (submission period beings August 10). depending on your availability, we may also have you jump in to do some reading for Issue 15 in June.


If you are interested, please submit an application in a word doc or pdf, and include answers to the following questions:

1. What kind of experience do you have in reading/writing/critiquing creative writing? Formal, informal, volunteer, etc.

2. What, if any, experience do you have with Submittable? (If none, that's fine, we can help!)

3. What is your favorite piece published by miniskirt so far, and why?

4. Link a published piece that you've read that you thought could have been stronger (published anywhere, not necessarily in miniskirt) and tell us what would you have said to the writer in a workshop/as an editor to improve the piece. (This is solely a thought exercise so we can see how you approach others' writing; it will never be seen outside of our team)

5. What are 1-2 other journals that you like to read on a regular basis? Pretend we've never heard of these journals, and sell us on why we need to read them too!

6. Would you like to read poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, or CNF for us? (You can choose more than one, depending on your interests).

7. Anything else you think we need to know about you!

(not looking for a novel for questions 3-5, a few sentences about each is great!)


Questions?

DM us on Twitter, or email us at miniskirtmagazine@gmail.com


P.S.

I'm lazy & using the same submission form as the regular writing submissions, so you can just put N/A in the word count box.

Creative Nonfiction: submit one (1) submission/document with:

  • one (1) short nonfiction piece up to 5,000 words OR
  • one to two (1-2) flash pieces up to 1250 words each


PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT CNF TO THIS CATEGORY, SUCH AS CREATIVE NONFICTION, MEMOIR, LITERARY JOURNALISM, LITERARY ESSAY, CRAFT ESSAY, ETC


miniskirt is a THEMED literary journal, please make sure your submission addresses our theme, which is always available on our website: https://miniskirtmagazine.com/main-pages/submissions/


Some of our favorite nonfiction writers include Annie Dillard, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Jo Ann Beard, Leslie Marmon Silko, Sarah Manguso, Audre Lord, Sei Shonagon, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Carmen Maria Machado, Mary Karr

1-3 flash pieces up to 1250 words each in a single document/submission

PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT FLASH FICTION TO THIS CATEGORY

miniskirt is a THEMED literary journal, please make sure your submission addresses our theme, which is always available to review on our website: https://miniskirtmagazine.com/main-pages/submissions/


If you're looking for inspiration or insight into our aesthetic, some of our favorite writers include:

Literary: Amber Sparks, George Saunders, Gunnhild Oyehaug, Carson McCullers, Jeannette Winterson, Jennifer Egan

Romance-Heavy: Sally Thorne, Julia Quinn, Helen Hoang, Ruby Dixon, Francesca Lia Block, Olivia Dade, Sophie Kinsella, Alyssa Cole, Alisha Rai, Nalini Singh, Richelle Mead, Cate C . Wells

Not "technically" romance: Naomi Novik, Sarah Dessen, Ursula K LeGuin, Octavia Butler

Short Fiction: submit no more than one (1) short story up to 5,000 words.


We don't *require* submissions to be in a specific format, but things that are for sure helpful for us when reading:

  • singled-spaced lines, double-spaced paragraphs with no indentation
  • a serif font (TNR, etc)
  • no headers/footers except for page numbers


PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT SHORT FICTION TO THIS CATEGORY


miniskirt is a THEMED literary journal, please make sure your submission addresses our theme, which is always available to review on our website: https://miniskirtmagazine.com/main-pages/submissions/


If you're looking for inspiration or insight into our aesthetic, some of our favorite writers include:
Literary: Amber Sparks, George Saunders, Gunnhild Oyehaug, Carson McCullers, Jeannette Winterson, Jennifer Egan
Romance-Heavy: Sally Thorne, Julia Quinn, Helen Hoang, Ruby Dixon, Francesca Lia Block, Olivia Dade, Sophie Kinsella, Alyssa Cole, Alisha Rai, Nalini Singh, Richelle Mead, Cate C . Wells
Not "technically" romance: Naomi Novik, Sarah Dessen, Ursula K LeGuin, Octavia Butler

THIS IS FOR POETRY ONLY
**up to 5 poems, no more than 10pp total; please submit poems in a single document


miniskirt is a THEMED literary journal, please make sure your submission addresses our theme & that you have read our complete submission guidelines on our website: https://miniskirtmagazine.com/main-pages/submissions/


If you're looking for inspiration, some of our favorite poets include Lucille Clifton, Ocean Vuong, Fatimah Asghar, Anne Sexton, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Keith Wilson, Tyehimba Jess, Alexis Gumbs, Natalie Diaz, Ada Limon, Catherine Barnett, Emily Carr, Bob Hicok, Charles Simic, Safia Elhillio, James Wright, Andrea Cohen

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