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Literary Magazine

Fiction

Flash Fiction

Nonfiction

Poetry

Hybrid

Interview

Art

Photography

Humor

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Cream Scene Carnival latest issue

Send us your weirder stuff. We like surrealism, magical realism, speculative, confessional essays, feminist diatribes, punk DIYs, paper dolls, poems, comics and more.

Highlights

  • Vibe:Weird / outsider / wtf even is it
  • Response time:
    3-30 days *
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:
    35% *
    Editor reported data

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FeeNo

  • 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

    From the editors

    Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, Best Microfiction

  • 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: 150

Max words: 8000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary, Absurdist, Experimental, Fairy Tales & Folklore, LGBTQ+ Stories, Magical Realism, Speculative

Fiction -- one piece 3500 words max Fiction Serial -- Outline plus 8000 words

Fiction - 1500 words max

Max words: 1500

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: Literary, Absurdist, Experimental, Fairy Tales & Folklore, LGBTQ+ Stories, Magical Realism, Speculative

Nonfiction - 2000 words max

Max words: 500

Max words: 2000

Max pieces: 2

Poetry

Max pieces: 3

Hybrid

No specific limitations

Interview

No specific limitations

Art

Max pieces: 25

Photography

Max pieces: 25

Humor

No specific limitations

Comics

No specific limitations

Audio

Max pieces: 3

Query first so we’re not afraid to open it.

Video

Max pieces: 3

Query first so we’re not afraid to open it.

How to submit

  • Processs

    Google / other forms

  • Cover letter

    Every mag says this, but please check us out first. You should know what you're getting into, and we should be spared irate withdrawal letters because we have done what we do - which is to publish punks, queers and weirdos. Oldies, fatties, fashionistas and nerds. Nervodivergents, photogs, poets and painters. None of us are any one thing, but we all co-exist quite happily. We share the basic ethos of acceptance. LGBTQ, trans pos, sex pos, body pos and lefty. Our idea of a culinary column is the stoner chef and our current issue is sick to death of capitalism. We are a thriving online community of artists and this publication is only part of our multimedia circus. (Podcast coming! With hosts Charlie Cole and Katy Somerville.) If you are a reader, if you interact with us on IG, if you are familiar with who we are and what we do, and you're on board, then definitely mention it because we want this to be a good experience for everyone. Have fun with your bio! if you don't want a photo, we can use stock so don't stress. If you've never been published, no worries. We have all kinds of bios by all kinds of people, different ages, different countries. We have one sentence enigmas and full artist statements. Our bios tend to be more playful, so it's a stress-free zone.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    12 pt double spaced on fiction ... if you are that rare unicorn of a writer who is open to edits, say so, because you guys are awesome. We have editors working with us for experience and we've had some cool things come out of this process with a few delighted unicorns. Our team is growing and we'd love to do more of it! For poetry, we love to see experimental forms - especially if they are accompanied with an image doc that we can upload the same way we'd publish a piece of visual art. This sets the form on your end and it can't come undone. An optional but hugely helpful thing to do would be to add your bio beneath your work, along with any tags you think relate, follow this format with each item separated by commas: Writer McWriterson, fiction, sci fi, speculative, dystopian, micro fiction, hybrid, poetic-prose, trans writer, trans activist, San Francisco writer, angry writer

  • Author's rights

    We don't retain rights, period, but please be considerate. Don't publish it on IG in full when we've just published it. If you place it elsewhere 6 months later, a credit would be awesome, but you're under no obligation. This is your work and we want more people to see it.

  • Additional info

    In the Valentine’s issue— “For Our Next Trick”—we have tricksters, dysmorphic embodiment, masks, false appendages, surrealism, longing. Also old school zines and punk rock DIY. For the May issue —“Mayday! Mayday!— imagery is dark fae and our themes are Deleuzian. Anarchy, anti-capitalism and worker’s rights. In August, we'll release Wild West, a softer, queerer take on western themes. Aside from that, we will have non-theme months.

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