The Quiet Reader welcomes submissions of literary short stories (max 6,000 words), flash fiction and non-fiction for our 5th edition (December 2021) until October 15.
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.
Guidelines for Submitting Work
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 Only previously unpublished work will be considered.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 one month, 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.
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We do not accept any writing with double spaces after every sentence and we are looking forward to find out who started that horrible tragedy.
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.
Submissions are completely free. At this time we can not pay our contributors, but hope to do so in the future.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.