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 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.