Mostly Boring Stuff You Should Know Before You Send Us Anything
We accept previously unpublished submissions via Submittable. We do not accept submissions via email. All email submissions will be deleted unread. Simultaneous submissions are fine. If we accept your work, please wait 60 days before submitting again. That may be annoying. We’re sorry.
We are open the following months:
January (1 – 21) microfiction
March (1 – 7) prose poetry
The maximum for all genres is 500 words.
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.
Poetry: We want prose poetry that makes us pause mid-chew, we want to be moo-ved. 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. We reserve the right to not respond to such submissions. We are also not seeking work that is written, co-written, or assisted by AI.
Response Times & Feedback
Feel free to query after two months, although it probably won’t take that long.
Due to the volume of submissions received, it is not always possible to offer feedback.
Fees & Payment
Cease, Cows is a labor of love. It is run by volunteers and free to read. We promote our contributors on social media and offer periodic opportunities to submit work for free. Our hosting expenses and Submittable plan are made possible by donations. We would love to pay staff and contributors, but typically only raise enough funds to cover the costs of maintaining the site.
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 their 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 Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and Best Microfiction.
Works of art appearing on our site are used courtesy of Flickr members who have listed their media under Creative Commons licenses, as well as Unsplash photographers (via their Unsplash License). Works will always be attributed under the artist’s legal name when available, or their pseudonym when not, using the work’s original title (if any), along with a link back to the Flickr or Unsplash page where the piece was originally posted. Photos may be resized. Because we like things to fit nicely. Like our shoes.