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A Coup of Owls

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction


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Quarterly online stories (free to read) + annual print anthologies Publishing only marginalised/under-represented creators, 18+. Est. 2021 and going strong


This magazine may have some eligibility requirements

Please double-check before submitting.

  • Vibe:Weird / outsider / wtf even is it
  • Response time:
    1 month*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:

Payssee Genres section for details

Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 8000 words max

Max words: 1001

Max words: 8000

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Payment: £10-15

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 100

Max words: 1000

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Payment: £ 5

Drabble (exactly 100 words) Flash Fiction (101 to 1000 words)


Payment: £ 15

Images are published as non-exclusive and can be reprints or work already in circulation as long as they are not subject to exclusivity or copyright that would prohibit this All images must be predominantly in shades of black and gold No sexually explicit art, though artistic nudity is fine Repurposed fanart is welcome as long as it is not recognisable as such All subjects, themes, styles and genres welcome

How to submit

  • Processs

    Google / other forms

  • Cover letter

    Cover letter is optional. Please provide a 100 word (or less) 3rd person bio in submission form.

  • Eligibility

    All marginalized creators18+
    Please ONLY SUBMIT IF: - you are aged 18 or over - you belong to an underrepresented or marginalised community. These include, but are not limited to: LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and disabled people. Whilst we also love stories about diverse characters, it is not necessary that your story feature them.

  • Formatting

    Please submit your work in a classic manuscript format, such as the Shunn format. Upload your file as either a doc or docx, with the file name [story title] by [author name]. Before submitting please check out our Style Guide.

  • Author's rights

    Copyright remains with author, contracted for six months exclusivity and first world publishing rights.

  • Additional info

    Make you feel at home: cozy, meme-friendly, a sense of community, all that stuff Helpful: reposting other opportunities on their Twitter :)

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

27 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

18 days

Fastest response time

34 days

Slowest response time

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Submission calls

    May to August 2024


    Deadline: Apr 30, 2024


    Following on from our anthologies Other & Different (2023) and forthcoming Other Worlds (2024), we will b

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    Jul 1, 2024 - Jul 7, 2024


A Coup of Owls publishes short fiction whilst celebrating and supporting diversity. Although the majority of our submissions are often speculative we do and have published romance, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, and more. We strongly encourage submissions of all genres, themes and styles....

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    Editor Rhiannon Wood avatar

    Rhiannon Wood


    Editor Dr Sarah Boyd avatar

    Dr Sarah Boyd


    Editor Max Turner avatar

    Max Turner


    Editor Leonie Natascha avatar

    Leonie Natascha

    Publishing Assistant