Submitting Fiction for Print

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 We do not publish erotica.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:

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