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Crow & Cross Keys

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction



Seeking the wonderful and the bizarre, the beautiful and the dark. Home to all things dark and lovely.


  • Vibe:Weird / outsider / wtf even is it
  • Response time:
    2 months*
    Editor reported data
    47 days*
    Chill Subs tracker stats
  • Acceptance rate:  / 
    Chill Subs tracker stats



  • 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 - 5000 words max

Max words: 1001

Max words: 5000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Experimental, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Gothic, Horror, LGBTQ+ Stories, Science Fiction, Speculative

If you have something longer than 5000 words that you think we might love, send a query.

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Experimental, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Gothic, Horror, LGBTQ+ Stories, Magical Realism, Science Fiction, Speculative

Send one (1) piece of flash fiction of up to 1000 words.

Fiction - 250 words max

Max words: 250

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: Literary, Experimental, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Gothic, Horror, LGBTQ+ Stories, Magical Realism, Science Fiction, Speculative


Max pieces: 3

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    You don’t need to write a formal cover letter and we do not need your address, but we would love to get to know you! Include a brief third-person bio in your email and any relevant social media/website links—if accepted, your bio can be updated at any time, just let us know.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Please attach submissions as .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .otf files and include a PDF version for reference if your work has specific layout needs. Please do not paste submissions into the body of your email.

  • Author's rights

    We claim first electronic rights and non-exclusive archival rights. But the copyright of your work always remains yours. Where possible, we request exclusivity for 30 days post-publishing. After that, you are free to post/submit it wherever you choose. If the work is published elsewhere, we ask that you credit Crow & Cross Keys as the first publisher.

  • Additional info

    Active on social media Accept previously published: "prefer work that has not been published recently" "Contract includes clause for back-paying each contributor in the event we become a paying market" Will not knowingly accept AI-generated work.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

47 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

3 days

Fastest response time

146 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 662 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

46 days

12-month average response time

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Crow & Cross Keys is a new, online literary journal that plucks fiction and poetry from skeletal trees and gives it a place to take root. Send us your skeleton keys, your tar-black feathers, send us your calcified forests and ramshackle castles. Take us somewhere beautiful and dark and strange.






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    Elou Carroll