General Submissions

The Quiet Reader welcomes submissions of literary short stories (max 4,000 words), flash fiction and non-fiction for our 7th edition (September 2022) until August 1, 2022.

Our standards are high. All work is read by preliminary staff readers, then referred to our editors, so that our online readers can look for some fine juried pieces.

Please read some of our previously published stories, to get an impression of what we might be looking for.

Submission Guidelines

  • Please submit only one (​1) story at a time. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but if your piece is accepted elsewhere we ask that you please let us know.
  • We encourage submissions from writers of all identities, of any background and living anywhere.
  • Novellas and novel excerpts are always welcome, as long as they are readable on their own. Translations are welcome, but it is the translator’s responsibility to secure rights to the work before it is submitted.
  • Please note we cannot accept revisions to pieces once they’ve been submitted.

We read all the submissions we receive.

We will make every effort to respond to your submissions within two months, though at times it may be longer. If it has been ​more than four months and you have not yet received a response, we will be happy to reply to a query regarding the status of your submission.

By submitting work for consideration, the author agrees to engage with our editors in a timely fashion that adheres to publishing deadlines to make suggested revisions and/or communicate directly with assigned editors to satisfactorily complete revisions before publication.

Word count
Max 4,000

File format
no headers or page numbers

File Name

Line Space
1.5 line spaced in 12pt

Times New Roman

Submit via
Only through

Please add a brief bio written in the 3rd person (and where you are from) and any social media links you want us to share, in your email and attach your document to the email.

Submission Costs
Submissions are completely free. At this time we can not pay our contributors, but hope to do so in the future.

Your rights

You retain all the rights to your work after publication (online and/or once in our annual print edition). Your published work will be housed in our internet archives in perpetuity, stored in our ebook collections and we may re-post a link to your piece on our social media channels from time-to-time.

Do we need readers?

Yes! There is no better way to improve your own writing then by reading what other people have written! We would love to have more volunteer readers! Just email us at to learn more.