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Story Unlikely

Literary Magazine



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Whatever happened to the art of storytelling? It's become a lost relic, along with our identities. But here, we're revitalizing this once great craft. Don't worry, you're in good hands. After all, if laughter is medicine, then Story Unlikely is therapy for broken souls.


This magazine may have some eligibility requirements

Please double-check before submitting.

  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    3 months*
    Editor reported data
    66 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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Pays$0.08 per word

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 - 15000 words max

Max words: 15000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, Literary, Absurdist, Action-Adventure, Crime, Experimental, Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Gothic, Historical, Horror, Humor, Magical Realism, Mystery, Noir, Romance, Science Fiction, Speculative, Thriller, Young Adult, wtf idk

Payment: $ 0.08 per word

Nonfiction - 15000 words max

Max words: 15000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, ,

Payment: $ 0.08 per word

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    If your submission was previously published, include information on the previous publication (where and when, online or print, and previous payment, if any).

  • Eligibility

    We're concerned with the story, not the author. Anyone can submit.

  • Formatting

    Attach your story as a DOC or DOCX, or something else if you want to be difficult. Standard manuscript format is fine, but honestly, you've spent enough time writing the darn thing to worry about our silly preferences on spaces and underlines and, heaven forbid, a different font.

  • Author's rights

    The use of the Work by Story Unlikely entails the assignment of first, non-exclusive Anthology Rights, for publication in the English language, and continuing, nonexclusive right to use the Work in the edition as long as Story Unlikely remains in print/publication. (In other words, you can publish your story anywhere else after it's been published here, we just ask that you mention that it was published in Story Unlikely first, and after a set period of time after original publication, generally 3 to 6 months.)

  • Additional info

    We only accept submission from subscribers - I know, we're kind of inbred that way, but it's free! Subscribe here: For reprints, we pay 1 cent per word with a maximum payout of $75 (or $150 for Members) We are now illustrating all published stories.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

66 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

7 days

Fastest response time

92 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 241 days

Сhill Subs is able to provide internal statistics because you use our tracker! You're the best!

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

64 days

12-month average response time

Managed by editors

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    Deadline: Sep 29, 2024


Story Unlikely is a monthly literary magazine with subscribers all over the globe, paying professional rates, illustrating every story, and featuring a new short story every month in our online magazine. We are simply looking for good stories, not author backgrounds, pedigrees, number of followers o...

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    Danny Hankner


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    Megan Hankner

    Senior editor