All print submissions are currently open, except poetry.

All online submissions are open.


Print Submission Guidelines

We strongly urge you to purchase and read a copy of the magazine before you submit. Not only does it help a small press stay afloat, but you can see what sort of work we accept in each issue.

Fiction

Straylight is interested in publishing high quality, character-based fiction of almost any style. We tend not to publish strict genre pieces, though we may query them for future special issues. We do not publish erotica.

Submit one story at a time. We will consider work between 1500-5000 words for the print issue, and we prefer stories between 3500-5000 words. We will not consider novels, novellas, or partial manuscript for our print issue, but we do serialize novellas online. See the next column for online guidelines.

Manuscripts should be typed and double spaced with the author’s name and contact information in the upper left corner of the first page. Pagination should be included thereafter.

Include a cover letter with a brief bio (no more than 50 words) with your submission. Please include the approximate word count in the cover letter as well.

Simultaneous submissions are not okay.

Reporting time is about two months.

Poetry

We will consider poems of any style, as long as they are inventive.

Include 3-6 poems with your single submission. Poems can be single spaced, but start each poem on a new page, and the author’s name should appear with each poem.

Include a cover letter with a brief bio (no more than 50 words) with your submission. Word counts are not necessary with poetry submissions.

Simultaneous submissions are not okay.

Reporting time is about two months.

Art

We consider are of any style or medium for both the cover and the art insert included in each print issue.

You made submit up to three pieces. Make sure that all work for print is at least 300dpi and that it is formatted as either a jpeg or png file.

Please include a title and the medium of each piece. Works without titles will not be considered.

Rights and Payment.

We buy First North American Rights and we pay in copies, although we hope to be able to offer more substantial payment soon.


 

Online Submission Guidelines

Straylight Online does not mirror the content of the print edition. This publication is dedicated to exploring narrative of all fashion. We still look for stories and poems with a strong sense of place and moments that are character-centered rather than those that rely on plot turns and literary tricks. However, we welcome submissions that cross genre boundaries as well as those that explore the way that visual art, music, and literature combine to produce new manifestations of story and verse.

Flash Fiction

We would like to see stories under 1,000 words. Genre is less important than interesting characters, plot, and setting. If you have work that you would like to see featured on our site, please submit your story below. With your submission, please include a brief, 25 word bio written in the third person to be published with your work. We will not consider partial submissions or simultaneous submissions.     

Response time is about eight weeks.  

Novellas

Straylight Online is interested in publishing high quality, novella-length stories of any genre besides fan fiction or erotica. Novellas are published on Straylight's website, not in the print edition, due to the restrictions on length inherent in a physical journal.   If you are interested in having your work featured on the Straylight Online website, please submit your story below. We will consider work between 17,500 and 45,000 words. With your submission, please include a brief, 25 word bio written in the third person to be published with your workd. Manuscripts should be typed and double spaced, with the author’s name and contact information in the upper left hand corner of the first page of the work. Please submit only one manuscript at a time. We will not consider entire novels or partial manuscripts, and we ask you not to submit the same work to other journals at the same time.     

Response time is 3 months on full manuscripts and 3 weeks on queries, but we slow down over the summer. If you haven’t read our publication, please start by querying the fiction staff at submissions@straylightmag.com with the subject “Straylight Online Novella/Novelette Submission.”     

We buy first North American serial rights. We plan on designing an ebook version of the work we publish over the year and plan to provide DRM free copies of it to our contributors, and we hope to be able to offer more substantial payment soon.  

Poetry

We welcome the following poetry submissions:     

Prose Poetry. Any subject is acceptable.     

Poetry-Visual Art. The visual work must be original, creative commons, or public domain.     

If you have work that you would like to see featured on our site, please submit your poem(s) as a Word document (.doc or .docx) below. We will consider one-six poems per submission. With your submission, please include a brief, 25 word bio written in the third person to be published with your work. Poems should be single spaced and the author information should appear on each poem.     

Response time is about eight weeks. 

You may email our web staff with any questions or concerns at submissions@straylightmag.com  

Art Process

Straylight Online is interested in publishing monthly art process pieces. We will consider all forms of art, and we will work with artists to produce weekly posts, including images and explanations of their process and craft, along the various stages and up through completion.       

If you are interested in having your work considered, please submit a few sample images along with a cover letter containing a short explanation of your medium and process.  


Submitting Art for Straylight Online
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Straylight Online does not mirror the content of the print edition. This publication is dedicated to exploring narrative of all fashion. We welcome submissions that cross genre boundaries as well as those that explore the way that visual art, music, and literature combine to produce new manifestations of story and verse.

We welcome the following submissions:

Process Pieces. We’re interested in the process of visual and literary art, and the way it evolves. If you are interested in displaying the techniques behind your creation, please query the art staff at submissions@straylightmag.com with the subject “Straylight Online Process Piece Submission” about documenting your production at various stages.

Featured Artists. Straylight Online will occasionally consider dedicating entire pages to single artists or pieces of artwork, often accompanying an interview. If you are interested in being featured on our site, please submit an example of your work to submissions@straylightmag.com with the subject “Straylight Online Featured Artist Submission.” Please include your name, the title of your work, the medium used, and a brief paragraph explaining why we should select you or your work to be one of our features.

Response time is about eight weeks.


Submitting Art for Print
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Straylight is interested in publishing high quality artwork of any style.

Print images should be in JPEG, PNG, or PDF format. With your submission, please include the title of the work, the medium used, and a brief 25 word bio written in the third person to be published with your work. Each submission must be a large image of at least 300dpi.

Response time is about eight weeks.

We buy first North American serial rights, and we currently pay in copies, although we hope to be able to offer more substantial payment soon.

Submitting Fiction for Print
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Straylight is interested in publishing high quality, character-based fiction of any style. We tend not to publish strict genre pieces, though we may query them for future special issues. We do not publish erotica. Additionally, we urge you to review a sample copy of the journal before you submit in order to get a feel for what we publish.

If you are interested in having your work featured in the latest edition of Straylight Literary Arts Magazine, please submit your story below.  We will consider work between 1000-5000 words in length but prefer stories between 1500-3000 words. With your submission, please include a brief, 25 word bio written in the third person to be published with your work. Manuscripts should be typed and double spaced, with the author’s name and contact information in the upper left hand corner of the first page of the work. Please submit only one manuscript at a time. We will not consider entire novels, partial manuscripts, or simultaneous submissions.

Response time is about eight weeks.

We buy first North American serial rights, and we currently pay in copies, although we hope to be able to offer more substantial payment soon.

 

If you would like to submit your work via snail mail, feel free to send it to the following address:

Straylight
English Department
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53141

Please include a self addressed stamped envelope with the manuscript for correspondence.

You may email our web staff with any questions or concerns at submissions@straylightmag.com

Submitting Novellas for Straylight Online
_____________________________________

Straylight Online is interested in publishing high quality, novella-length stories of any genre besides fan fiction or erotica. Novellas are published on Straylight's website, not in the print edition, due to the restrictions on length inherent in a physical journal.

If you are interested in having your work featured on the Straylight Online website, please submit your story below. We will consider work between 17,500 and 45,000 words. With your submission, please include a brief, 25 word bio written in the third person to be published with your work along with a headshot to accompany your work should it be published. Manuscripts should be typed and double spaced, with the author’s name and contact information in the upper left hand corner of the first page of the work. Please submit only one manuscript at a time. We will not consider entire novels or partial manuscripts, and we ask you not to submit the same work to other journals at the same time.

Response time is 3 months on full manuscripts and 3 weeks on queries, but we slow down over the summer. If you haven’t read our publication, please start by querying the fiction staff at submissions@straylightmag.com with the subject “Straylight Online Novella/Novelette Submission.”

We buy first North American serial rights, and we hope to be able to offer more substantial payment soon.

Submitting Poetry for Straylight Online
_____________________________________

Straylight online does not mirror the content of the print edition. This publication is dedicated to exploring narrative of all fashion. We still look for stories and poems with a strong sense of place and moments that are character-centered rather than those that rely on plot turns and literary tricks. However, we welcome submissions that cross genre boundaries as well as those that explore the way that visual art, music, and literature combine to produce new manifestations of story and verse. We will not consider partial submissions or simultaneous submissions.

We welcome the following submissions:

Prose Poetry. Any subject is acceptable.

Poetry-Visual Art. The visual work must be original, creative commons, or public domain.

If you have work that you would like to see featured on our site, please submit your poem(s) as a Word document (.doc or .docx) below. We will consider one-six poems per submission. With your submission, please include a brief, 25 word bio written in the third person to be published with your work. Poems should be single spaced and the author information should appear on each poem.

Response time is about eight weeks.

You may email our web staff with any questions or concerns at submissions@straylightmag.com

Submitting Fiction for Straylight Online
_____________________________________

Straylight online does not mirror the content of the print edition. This publication is dedicated to exploring narrative of all fashion. We still look for stories and poems with a strong sense of place and moments that are character-centered rather than those that rely on plot turns and literary tricks. However, we welcome submissions that cross genre boundaries as well as those that explore the way that visual art, music, and literature combine to produce new manifestations of story and verse.

We would like to see stories under 1,000 words. Genre is less important than interesting characters, plot, and setting. If you have work that you would like to see featured on our site, please submit your story below. With your submission, please include a brief, 25 word bio written in the third person to be published with your work. We will not consider partial submissions or simultaneous submissions.

Response time is about eight weeks.

You may email our web staff with any questions or concerns at submissions@straylightmag.com

Submitting Poetry for Print
_____________________________________

Straylight is interested in publishing high quality poetry of any style as long as it is inventive, though we do not publish erotica. Additionally, we urge you to review a sample copy of the journal before you submit in order to get a feel for what we publish.

If you are interested in having your work featured in the latest edition of Straylight Literary Arts Magazine, please submit your poem as a Word document (.doc or .docx) below. We will consider one-six poems per submission. With your submission, please include a brief, 25 word bio written in the third person to be published with your work. Poems should be single spaced and the author information should appear on each poem. We will not consider partial submissions or simultaneous submissions.

Response time is about eight weeks.

We buy first North American serial rights, and we currently pay in copies, although we hope to be able to offer more substantial payment soon.

 

If you would like to submit your work via snail mail, feel free to send it to the following address:

Straylight
English Department
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53141

Please include a self addressed stamped envelope with the manuscript for correspondence.

You may email our poetry staff with any questions or concerns at submissions@straylightmag.com

Straylight Online is interested in publishing monthly art process pieces. We will consider all forms of art, and we will work with artists to produce weekly posts, including images and explanations of their process and craft, along the various stages and up through completion.

If you are interested in having your work considered, please submit a few sample images along with a cover letter containing a short explanation of your medium and process.


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