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Identity Theory

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction

Fiction (Micro)


Flash Nonfiction





An online literary magazine and cultural hub that has been publishing original writing, interviews, and other forms of creative expression since July 2000.


  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    1 day to 4 months*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:
    3% *
    Editor reported data



  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

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

  • Accepts previously published

    From the editors

    We accept work that has been published but does not currently appear elsewhere online.

    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 - 4000 words max

Max words: 4000

Sub Genres: Literary

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 500

Max words: 1000

Sub Genres: Literary

Fiction (Micro)

Max words: 100

Max words: 500

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: Literary

Nonfiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 253

Max words: 4000

Nonfiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 100

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: All / surprise us


Max words: 1000

Min pieces: 3

Max pieces: 5

All poetic schools, styles, forms, and modes.

Hybrid (Un-Identified)

No specific limitations


No specific limitations

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Include a third-person bio—preferably a brief one, but knock yourself out—along with any links you would like included with your work. Social media handles may also be included in your bio. (We'll most likely follow you if you mention your Twitter and Instagram names.) Please include a word count.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    If you want to send your piece as an attachment, use Word. Optimally, paste the submission in the body of the email and then back it up with an attachment.

  • Author's rights

    First electronic. Authors retain rights to print.

  • Additional info

    Make you feel at home: cozy, meme-friendly, a sense of community, all that stuff Promote writers even after publication - hype hype hype They love dogs! Send them their dog! (ok, cats are fine too)

Managed by editors

Submission calls

    All genres

    Always open


Identity Theory has published original literature—fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, and more—online since 2000. Based in southern Nevada and featuring an international staff of three dozen editors, our internet-only publication has earned the attention of major print media throughout the world—i...

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    Editor Matt Borondy avatar

    Matt Borondy


    Editor Sophie Newman avatar

    Sophie Newman

    Deputy Editor

    Editor Carole Burkett avatar

    Carole Burkett

    Senior Prose Editor

    Editor Sarah Clayville avatar

    Sarah Clayville

    Senior Fiction Editor

    Editor James Warner avatar

    James Warner

    Senior Fiction Editor

    Editor Vic Nogay avatar

    Vic Nogay

    Micro Editor & Associate Poetry Editor

    Editor Sara Sams avatar

    Sara Sams

    Poetry Editor

    Editor Justin Aoba avatar

    Justin Aoba

    Deputy Poetry Editor

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    Doug Dabbs

    Visuals Editor