Submissions are now open for Spring 2021 - March 23rd, 2021

NO FEE submissions December 24th, 2020 to January 7th 2021. 


Five South accepts unsolicited submissions of short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry for the digital biannual via Submittable.

We're open to all genres, but will not even remotely consider: hate, pornography, or pedophilia. 

  • Open October 6th to February 19th for the Spring Issue

  • Open April 2nd to August 22nd for the Fall Issue


All submissions must be in English and previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we are notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere.

We suggest to all who submit that they read the most recent issues of Five South to get to know our vibe.

Please submit no more than one short story, three flash fiction pieces, or five poems at a time and please do not submit more than twice in a calendar year.


For instructions on how to format your fiction submissions to industry standards, read this


All submissions received during the reading period will be read. Response time will vary according to the number of submissions. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within three to six months of receipt. If you don't hear from us in that time, feel free to give us a nudge.  

We will only consider work that has not been previously published either online or in print.


If your work is accepted, it will be subject to an agreement granting Five South first publication rights. You retain the rights to the work after first publication.


By submitting your work for consideration, you represent that:


(1) The work is not in the public domain, has not been published in any other publication in any jurisdiction in the World, has not been distributed or displayed to members of the public, and you have not made any agreement with another party inconsistent with granting first publication rights to us. (It is important for us to know if your work is to be included in a collection or larger work being prepared for future publication. Please let us know, right away, the title, publisher and planned publication date.)


(2) The work is your original authorship and no other party has a claim to rights in it except as you specifically disclose at the time of your submission;


(3) In the case of translations, you have obtained permission of the author or the author’s agent or estate to publish your translation.


(4) There is nothing in the work that is libelous, invades personal privacy or deprives another of the right of publicity, or is otherwise actionably harmful or illegal.

Submit your work here. 

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