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South 85 Journal

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction




The official literary journal of the Converse University low-res MFA program. We publish fiction, flash, CNF, poetry, blog posts, and interviews.


  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    six to eight weeks*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:
  • Work acquired through solicitation: 0%



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

    From the editors

    Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net

  • 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: 1001

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary

Submission fee: $ 3

For fiction that is under 1000, please submit in our flash fiction category. Theme for summer reading period: METAMORPHOSIS

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 750

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary

Submission fee: $ 3

Theme for summer reading period: METAMORPHOSIS

Nonfiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 750

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: , ,

Submission fee: $ 3

Theme for summer reading period: METAMORPHOSIS


Max pieces: 3

Submission fee: $ 3

No more than 3 poems up to 6 total pages, one poem per page. Theme for summer reading period: METAMORPHOSIS

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Please include a brief bio in the third person with your submission.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    We don't have formatting requirements for this magazine

  • Author's rights

    We acquire exclusive first-time Internet rights only. All other rights revert to the author at publication, but we offer formal, written reassignments upon request. Works are also archived online. We are unable to pay for submissions, however thanks to an anonymous donor, ONE piece in the issue will be awarded the Editor’s Choice Award of $100. We ask that whenever an author reprints the work that first appeared in our pages, South 85 Journal be given acknowledgment for the specific work(s) involved.

  • Additional info

    Please send only one submission per category (Poetry, Fiction, and Non-Fiction) during each reading period. You are welcome to submit to multiple categories. All of our published work is found from our Submittable queue.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

58 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate


Fastest response time


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*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 58 days

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Submission calls

    Winter issue


    Deadline: Aug 31, 2024


    We look forward to reading your work!

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    Editor Leslie Pietrzyk avatar

    Leslie Pietrzyk


    Editor Christine Schott avatar

    Christine Schott

    Fiction Editor

    Editor Laura Platas Scott avatar

    Laura Platas Scott

    Nonfiction Editor

    Editor Zorina Exie Frey avatar

    Zorina Exie Frey

    Poetry Editor