Submissions

Guidelines

96th of October appears quarterly. We will respond to submissions with startling rapidity. The price of this efficiency is our use of a delicately phrased but still impersonal form rejection letter, for which we apologize. We would do otherwise had we but world enough and time.

Stories should be from 1,000 to 5000 words in length. (We may accept up to 10K if it’s amazing—but realistically, 5K is as much as most folks want to read through a little window.) Individual poems should be of a length that can be read in five minutes or less. We don’t include more than 10 pages of poetry per issue, so that should be the upward limit for a poetry submission. The kind of poetry we most favor is narrative.

We are interested in music and video, and these can be embedded in the issue. For us to see your work in these formats, it needs to be posted somewhere like YouTube, since we do not open unsolicited enclosures. For Artwork, please send us a link to a blog page or site where it can be seen. Eventually we will use Submittable software or the like. Your patience is appreciated.

We do not offer monetary compensation for your work. This magazine operates entirely on a volunteer basis. The precondition of profit is popularity, and this is inconsistent with the highest quality.

Simultaneous submissions and submission of work that has appeared elsewhere is allowed.

Submissions should be included in the body of the email. If you receive no response whatever, that means you sent your work as an attachment, and you are encouraged to submit it again in the manner requested. Please send all submissions to us here, noting in the subject line whether it is a story, poetry, music, video, art or a book for review.

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