Note: MAXIMUM 6,500 words for submissions to the Free Editing Program.
Current theme: "All the Glass in the World Vanished!"
Each 500-word section should be a complete story arc. Writers are free to submit stories of any genre, subject, or style (even poetry is welcome!), but submissions must begin with the above sentence. Feel free to use your imagination and come up with interesting ways to incorporate this idea. Submissions are due Fridays at midnight PST. We’ll post the best submissions each Monday!
The Tethered by Letters Free Editing Program accepts short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, as well as graphic stories and comics. Our editors will read your work and deliver detailed notes, typically within 2-4 weeks, with the goal of helping the work reach a publishable state. Pieces that meet a high standard of quality will be considered for publication in F(r)iction (our triannual print publication) or the F(r)Online, our weekly online journal.
We only work with one piece at a time per writer, so please wait to send more submissions until you receive notes on your first piece. We accept a maximum of 5,000 words for short story submissions to the Free Editing Program; a maximum of 1,000 words for flash fiction submissions; and a maximum of 5 pages of poetry.