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Taking Submissions: manywor(l)ds September 2023 Window

September 30, 2023

Submission Window: September 1st – 30th, 2023
Payment: $10
Theme: Stories of any genre by writers who identify with and as any of the following descriptors: trans, two-spirit, disabled, neurodivergent, Mad, queer, crip, nonbinary, genderqueer, intersex.


We welcome submissions by those who identify with and as any of the following descriptors: trans, two-spirit, disabled, neurodivergent, Mad, queer, crip, nonbinary, genderqueer, intersex. This is a space for the words, works, and worlds of and by those whose bodyminds defy social expectations and invite new ways of thinking and knowing.

We do not need to know the specifics of your identity/diagnosis/experience unless you want us to. We invite closeted and questioning people to share their work, as well as those whose experiences fall outside the confines of the language we used above.

We welcome submissions from creators of all ages. We particularly encourage unpublished/emerging/young creators to submit. If you know an incarcerated/institutionalized creator who would like to submit, email us for information as to where to mail the submission, or clearly indicate in your message that you are submitting on their behalf.


We take submissions of all/no forms and genres. Please do not label your submission by genre.

Submissions that are text-based should number no more than three <1,000-word pieces, or five total pages. If your spacing is funky (we encourage funky spacing) use your best judgement.

Submissions that are primarily image-, audio, or video-based should number no more than three still images, one audio recording of five minutes or fewer, or one video of five minutes or fewer. All audio content must be accompanied by a transcription at the time of submission. All visual content must be accompanied by an image description at the time of submission.

This magazine is english language-based, and we enthusiastically welcome translations (along the same guidelines listed above). We will give preference to translations accompanied by the original text and/or a note from the original author, as well as the translator. These do not count toward the five-page maximum.

We are open to both queries (explain what you’re reviewing, and why) and completed submissions regarding reviews and interviews. These may be experimental or “traditional” in form. They may also defy interview/review “genre conventions.” Just be sure we know who and what you’re in conversation with.

Please include a short third-person bio (<100 words) along with your submission.


We publish on a quarterly schedule, with issues coming out on:

  • February 15
  • May 15
  • August 15
  • November 15

We are open for all submissions EXCEPT during publication months.

That is to say, we are open for all submissions January, March, April, June, July, September, October, and December.

We are always open for reviewstranslations, and (multi)media submissions.

Things to note:

This is a leftist magazine. We hate capitalism, “america,” cops, prisons, borders, neoliberalism, and all the rest. We don’t tolerate white supremacy, cisheterosexism, ableism, transmisogyny, xenophobia, fatphobia, intersexism, and anti-sex worker sentiment here. We reserve the right to reject and/or remove content from creators whose work does not align with our values.

We do not tolerate AI-generated or -assisted submissions. Anyone found to be using AI will have their content immediately rejected/removed and will no longer be eligible to submit to manywor(l)ds.

Simultaneous submissions are expected and encouraged. Please let us know if any part of your submission is accepted elsewhere before we can get to it. Please submit to us only once per reading period, and hold off on submitting if you were published in the last issue.

We are proud to be a paying market. All contributors of unpublished works will receive $10 USD upon acceptance. Reprints (including pieces previously shared on public social media profiles) are accepted, provided you have the rights, but will not receive payment. We prefer Paypal for payment; however, Venmo, Interac e-transfer, and Wise are also possible. If we can’t settle on a suitable alternative, the money will be donated to a mutual aid fund or similar cause.

We ask for First North American Serial Rights for unpublished works. Rights revert to you upon publication. Please credit us if your beautiful work is published elsewhere, including in a book!

Via: manywor(l)ds.


September 30, 2023


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