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The Fictional Café

Literary Magazine







Virtual coffee shop & literary magazine featuring short fiction, poetry, art, photography, audio arts and web video.


  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
  • Acceptance rate:
    35% *
    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    We prefer unpublished works, but will publish novel excerpts and occasionally short stories/poems that have been featured elsewhere as long as it has not been in the past six months.

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

    From the editors

    Pushcart Prize

  • 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 (short stories, flash fiction, novel excerpts)

Max words: 1

Max words: 3000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, Literary


Min pieces: 5

Max pieces: 8

5-8 poems or a minimum of 200 words. Single poems or collections under 200 words will not be considered.


Max pieces: 10

six to ten photographs or photos of art


Max pieces: 10

six to ten photographs or photos of art

Audio (audio dramas and audiobooks)

Audio stories should be fiction under 30 minutes in length.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    No cover letter needed. Please include a brief one paragraph bio with your work so we can include it in your post if we accept your work. Hyperlinks to creator websites, social media and other literary magazines your work is featured in are also encouraged so readers can find more of your fantastic creative work! Include a headshot as well so people can see your wonderful face.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Please submit your work in a single Word document, double spaced, 12pt font. A separate Word document should be included with your bio.

  • Author's rights

    You retain the rights to your work. We ask for first US rights to publish your work. Should you be chosen for our Best Of anthology, we protect your work against plagiarism with an assignment of copyright and ask for exclusive rights to the work for one year. After which, you may submit it to other literary magazines or publish your own book.

  • Additional info

    You must become a member of our Coffee Club in order to submit your work. A maximum of two (2) submissions may be submitted in a given year. Work we accept becomes eligible for publication in our print anthology and considered for our annual Pushcart Prize nominations.

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The Fictional Café is an online literary magazine and community where patrons can grab a cuppa Fresh Java served up every week. We are welcoming of all creatives and have members from all over the world share their work with our community.






    Editor Jack B. Rochester avatar

    Jack B. Rochester


    Editor Mike Mavilia Rochester avatar

    Mike Mavilia Rochester

    Managing Editor, Marketing Barista and Editor of the Fictional Café Anthology