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We regularly offer 24-hour FREE submission periods.
Five South does not discriminate.
We love all people and all people have stories to tell. While we want to remain an open (safe space) for all writers, we will not publish material that is outright hateful.
We’re open to poetry, flash fiction and short fiction from a variety of genres. Read out FAQs below. If your questions isn't answered, feel free to reach out.
Submission Guidelines & FAQs
- Flash: 1000
Short Fiction: 3000
How to format your submissions
Taking the time to format your submissions properly shows you care about your work and the people reading it.
12pt Times or Courier font
We prefer .doc or .dox files, but in a pinch .txt is OK.
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.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we are notified immediately if your piece is accepted for publication elsewhere.
- Five South accepts unsolicited submissions of short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry for the digital biannual via Submittable.
We accept all genres, but will not even remotely consider: hate, pornography, or pedophilia.
All submissions must be in English and previously unpublished in either print or online.
We suggest to all who submit that they read the most recent issue of Five South and our About Page 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.
What exactly are we looking for?
Generally, we're looking for great stories that have a beginning, middle, and end. How you accomplish that is up to you. Even poems have stories, whether they're in subtext, creatively crafted spaces, or expressive use of language. By no means does "story" mean sticking to the conventions. We love pieces that surprise us, stray from the beaten path, and do something different. Try to remember the book, story, or poem you read as a kid - the one that made you want to write. How did that make you feel? That feeling is what we want.
About Submission Fees & Financial Hardship Waiver
Short and simple, submission fees make Five South possible. We charge a standard fee of $3.00 for flash fiction and poetry, $4.00 for short fiction. Five South is a labor of love and is 100% reader funded, like PBS.
Legal Stuff and Publishing Rights
rights. You retain the rights to the work after first publication.