CommuterLit.com is looking for short stories, memoir, novel excerpts and poetry (one poem or a series of poems), in any genre, with a word count of 500 to 4,000. On occasion we will run stories and excerpts up to 12,000 words in length, serializing the story and running it over a number of days — but we prefer stories up to 4,000.
How to submit
All submissions are through our Submittable service using the link below. You may submit more than one manuscript, but please send only one submission at a time. Attach the manuscript as a MS Word.doc file or a .rtf file (preferred).
Use a 12 or 14 pt font size, Helvetica or Times New Roman. Do not indent paragraphs, but rather leave a space between paragraphs. Single space your copy and number your pages. At the top of your manuscript include: Title of the piece, your name, your contact information/email address, word count, if the piece has been published before and if so when and where. On all subsequent pages include, in a footer or header, your name and the title of your piece.
When we’ll get back to you
CommuterLit.com knows that you don’t want to wait six months to find out whether your manuscript is accepted for publication. So we’re going to do our best for you.
Upon submitting, you’ll be notified by return email that CommuterLit.com has received your manuscript. If you’ve paid for a critique, our aim is to email you that critique by no later than three weeks. And if you’ve paid for a query letter critique, we’ll get back to you in a week.
Email notification of acceptance/rejection of all submissions (those who have opted for the critique service and those who have not) will be sent in two to three months.
Let’s be clear, whether or not you are accepted for online publication by CommuterLit.com is not dependent on whether you have paid for a critique. Though, in all honesty, manuscripts scheduled for a critique will probably get read first.
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