If you’re interested in submitting a story, poem, or essay, you can email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll also accept 1 long prose piece (4000 words max), 2 flash fiction pieces (1000 words max), 2 micro-fiction pieces (100 words max), or 2 poems. I’m strict with these word counts. I’m a firm believer in them; I love the challenge they present. You should too.
*Please wait at least one month if your work has been previously published or rejected before submitting something new.
What I’m Looking For
I’m interested primarily in fiction, flash fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. I also have a soft spot for ten-minute plays and one-act plays. I will also accept essays on literature and its place in the world today. Please make sure these are previously unpublished works.
When it comes to themes, I’m fairly open to anything, but I want to be moved by your work. If you really want to win me over, write something with hints of social and political activism.
I also enjoy looking at things from different perspectives, giving voices to things that don’t actually have one. Take your major theme and look a little to the left. What do you see?
When To Submit
Come and Go Literary is a biannual online literary journal separated into two issues: Spring and Winter.
Spring Issue Submission Period: 10/1 – 3/31
Winter Issue Submission Period: 5/1 – 9/30
*If you wish to have your work published on the blog instead of the Spring and Winter issues of Come and Go, submit your work at any time. There are no deadlines for blog posts.
What to Include in Your Submission
These instructions are important. I’m a painfully unorganized person and I will lose your work if you submit it without following these instructions.
1. In the subject line, please write “Come and Go Submission: [Title of Your Story]”.
2. Make sure your work is a .doc file or PDF.
3. Briefly tell me what your submission is about and what inspired you.
4. Include an image you would like me to use as a featured image.
5. Also include a 3-5 sentence author bio in the third person (Where you’re from, education level/school you attend(ed), any previously published work, writing goals, etc.).
Contact me before you submit your work if you have any questions. I’m an extremely easy-going person, so please don’t hesitate to ask. I will not judge you or your work based on any inquiries. I’d much rather you ask and get it right the first time than submit and hope for the best.
How Your Story Should Look
Make your story, poem, play, essay look professional. It’s hard to take submissions seriously when they’re all sorts of colors, fonts, and sizes. I’ll break down what I’m looking for and what other publishers are looking for when you submit your work elsewhere.
1. Size 12 Font, Times New Roman, Black.
2. Double spaced (Poetry is an exception).
3. Include a cover page (Title, author name, and word count only).
Proofread Your Work
Proofread your work before you submit it — especially if you’re submitting a long piece. Make sure your grammar and spelling are in check. There are tons of ways to do this online, so there’s no excuse not to.
I won’t immediately disqualify your work over a few small mistakes because I’m not perfect either, but I want to know you at least tried. Grammarly is a good program to use and it’s free to sign up.
*Be sure to go over these guidelines to make sure you’re including everything I’ve asked for. I know it seems like a lot, but you’ll see this is all pretty straightforward. I will not consider submissions that appear to ignore almost everything I ask for.