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Submission Guidelines for Story

Story is currently open to submissions. Our response time is approximately five months. Simultaneous submissions are fine but please notify us immediately to withdraw your work from consideration if it is accepted elsewhere. If you identify as a POC or LQBTQ writer, please feel free to share that with us in your cover letter. All manuscripts should be double-spaced and previously unpublished. All submissions must come through this system; writing sent to us via email will not be read.

General Submissions: Our online submission fee is $3.Story does not have any formal guidelines with regard to style, content, or length. We consider all "short" narrative fiction under 25,000 words in length. If you are submitting Flash Fiction, you are welcome to include up to five pieces as one submission. Please select one of the three categories that best fits the length of your story.

Flash Fiction: fewer than 2,000 words.
Short Story: between 2,000 and 10,000 words.
Long Story: between 10,000 and 25,000 words.

Story Foundation Prize: The contest fee is $25. Our annual reading period for the sixth annual award is August 15th to December 15th. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to Story. Winners will be announced in April 2025.

Our regular payment rate is $10 per page upon publication.

If you have additional questions, feel free to email us at

How to use the Story Submission Manager:

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  1. Fill in all of your contact information. If you are submitting work for someone else, fill in your contact info and fill in the name of the person your are submitting for in the “writer name” field.
  2. Fill in the title(s) of the work(s) you are submitting. If you are submitting multiple works, separate titles with commas.
  3. Use the browse button to find the file on your computer that you would like to submit. Select the file and click on the open button. Your file will then appear in the “file” field.
  4. If you wish you can fill in the comments field with any additional information you’d like to send, then click submit.
  5. You will then have the option to review your information and confirm that it is correct. Hit continue and you’re done.
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