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Taking Submissions: Apparition Lit August 2023 Window (Early)

August 31, 2023

Submission Window: August 15th – 31st, 2023
Payment: $0.05 per word for fiction, $50 per poem
Theme: Reclamation

Apparition Lit is open for poetry and short story submissions four times a year.

  • February 15-28
    (March 1-7 BIPOC creators only)
  • May 15-31
    (June 1-7 BIPOC creators only)
  • August 15-31
    (September 1-7 BIPOC creators only)
  • November 15-30
    (December 1-7 BIPOC creators only)

Submissions received outside of posted open dates will be deleted unread.

Please note that we will not accept AI-generated content submissions. This includes stories or poetry that are written or co-written by AI.

We will only accept previously unpublished, complete stories between 1000-5000 words. If the story is complete with an extra hundred words, then it will still be considered. Any stories over 5,100 words, excerpted from a larger work, or incorrectly formatted, will automatically be rejected.

Apparition is a semi-pro magazine, paying $0.05 per word, a minimum of $50.00 USD (excluding flash contest). If we accept your story, we are purchasing the right to publish the story online and in the quarterly edition. Rights will revert back to the artist after one year.

We are now accepting submissions through Moksha. Please follow the guidelines below when submitting your work:

  1. Format the story using the Shunn manuscript  — you do not need to include your physical address or phone number.
  2. Please only use Times New Roman or Arial font in your document.
  3. Name the file using the story title and your last name, i.e. THE SWAMP EXCHANGE_Barker. This helps us find your story in the submissions list.
  4. Provide a brief cover letter that includes your full name, the title of the short story, word count, and any relevant publications. Please do not include a synopsis.

All acceptances and rejections will be emailed by the 15th day of the following month after submissions close. We currently do not have the available time or staff to provide personalized feedback on rejected submissions.

If you have not heard back by the 15th, send a query to: [email protected] with the title of your submission. Before emailing, please check your spam folder.

To make sure you receive all emails from Apparition Lit, please add us to your Safe Senders list in your email client.

Via: Apparition Lit.



August 31, 2023


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