** We will reopen to flash fiction submissions on 1/1/18! **
*** Our flash submission window will close on 10/1/17. The poetry submission window will close on 10/15/17. We look forward to reading your work! ***
Submission Info and Other Mostly Boring Stuff You Should Know Before You Send Us Anything
We accept previously unpublished submissions of Rare Flash Fiction and Well-Done Poetry via Submittable. We do not accept submissions via email. All email submissions will be deleted unread. Sometimes we accept reprints from authors we solicit, but only because we like them a lot. Simultaneous submissions are fine. If we accept your work, please wait 60 days before submitting more. That may be annoying. We’re sorry.
Flash: We want your flash fiction to udderly wow us. We’re bored on this godforsaken farm. Help us pass the time without so much corn whiskey. Send as many stories that equal up to 1500 words as you like, just don’t go over our limits!
Poetry: We want your very best free and formal verse. We want poetry that makes us pause mid-chew, we want to be moo-ved. We’re also partial to grazing on prose poems and the experimental. 150 lines max per submission. Better not send us rhyming poems or we’ll give you the hoof.
We want: strange literary, magical realism, speculative, slipstream, utopian and dystopian, bizarro, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, and just plain weird fictions. So, surprise and delight us. Pretty please.
We do NOT want: racist, sexist, homophobic, or otherwise offensive work containing gratuitous violence, gore, misogyny, rape, molestation, etc.
Vary. Feel free to query after three months (it probably won’t take that long, though). If you’re in need of a quick yay or nay, we have expedited decision options (for a small fee).
We’ll pay you in adoration and flirty smiles. And sides of virtual beef.
All works of original fiction and poetry are published with the permission of the individual authors, and all copyright to a work remains with its author. We do request that our authors acknowledge Cease, Cows as the first place to feature a work if it appears elsewhere in the future. Work published on our site may not be reproduced without permission, per standard copyright laws.
Cease, Cows nominates work for the following: storySouth Million Writers Award, Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, The Best Small Fictions
Works of art appearing on our site are used courtesy of Flickr members who have listed their media under Creative Commons licenses. Works will always be attributed under the artist’s legal name when available, or their Flickr pseudonym when not, using the work’s original title (if any), along with a link back to the Flickr page where the piece was originally posted. Photos may be resized. Because we like things to fit nicely. Like our shoes.