Word Riot publishes the forceful voices of up-and-coming writers and poets. We like edgy. We like challenging. We like unique voices.
Word Riot first opened shop in March 2002 as the literary section of a now defunct on-line music magazine, Communication Breakdown. Each month we provide readers with book reviews, author interviews, and, most importantly, writing from some of the best and brightest making waves on the literary scene.
We accept submissions of experimental and literary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Prose should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
, submissions of poetry to email@example.com
, and creative non-fiction to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the piece submitted in the body of the email or, in the case of fictional prose, as a Microsoft Word document.
No snail mail please.
We reserve the right edit works as we see fit.
Flash fiction is a piece of fiction under 1000 words.
Short story submissions should be no less than 1000 words and no greater than 5000.
We will accept submissions of novel excerpts up to 5000 words in length. Please include a brief synopsis of your novel and a general overview of its theme. We will take into consideration the limitations imposed by submitting an excerpt best understood in the context of a novel.
Additionally, selections from longer works such as screenplays and novellas may be considered under this category.
The stretching form category includes experimental and unique writing that we feel exists beyond the usual categories of fiction, poetry, and essay. Submissions should be no longer than 5000 words in length.
We're interested in reading both full-length personal essays (1000 to 5000 words) and very short non-fiction pieces (500 words or less). Whatever the length or the subject matter, preference will be given to compelling stories strong in lyricism, wit, compassion, or daring. Please send the text of your entire submission, along with a short bio, in the body of an email message to email@example.com
. Please include the name of the piece and the word count in the subject line of the email. Please do not send creative non-fiction as an attachment.
All submissions, must have POETRY SUBMISSION WORD RIOT in the subject line or they will not be opened. Please send no more than 6 poems in the body of your email to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please do not send poetry as an attachment.
REVIEWS, INTERVIEWS & ARTICLES
If you are interested in contributing reviews, interviews, or articles to Word Riot, please contact Jackie Corley.
Word Riot will hold the First North American Electronic Serial Rights for the piece for the issue in which the piece is printed. At the end of the month, rights revert back to the author, though Word Riot reserves the rights to archive the piece. If the piece is chosen to appear in a later print edition, the author will be contacted for Word Riot to reserve First North American Print Serial Rights. Word Riot cannot offer payment for accepted submissions to the magazine at this time.
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