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The Forge

Literary Magazine




The Forge Literary Magazine was founded by volunteers from the Fiction Forge, an international online writers’ forum.


  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:  / 
    11 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:
    1% *
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Pays$75 per piece

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, 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 - 5000 words max

Max words: 5000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Payment: $ 75 per piece

We prefer stories below 3,000 words.

Nonfiction - 5000 words max

Max words: 5000

Max pieces: 1

Payment: $ 75 per piece

We prefer stories below 3,000 words.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    This magazine does not list any details on their website for this section.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    We read anonymously, so do not put your name anywhere in the file. Please double-space your document for readability.

  • Author's rights

    We request exclusive worldwide English language rights to publish in the Forge Literary Magazine, an online journal, for a period of one month, after which all rights revert to the author.

  • Additional info

    Pays! $100/piece "If you don't see the free submission link, that means we have reached our limit for the month. We will reopen at the top of each month, except for September when we have our annual flash competition and December."

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

11 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

0 days

Fastest response time

93 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 561 days

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Submission calls

    All genres



Our all-volunteer staff shares editorial duties equally, we pay our contributors, and our taste is wide-ranging and eclectic. The Forge Literary Magazine is a project of Forge Literary Press, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (tax ID: 82-0910097) incorporated in the state of California. We nominat...

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    Editor  avatar


    Editor John Haggerty avatar

    John Haggerty

    Founding Editor

    Editor Sara Crowley avatar

    Sara Crowley

    Managing Editor

    Editor Sarah Starr Murphy avatar

    Sarah Starr Murphy

    Managing Editor

    Editor Valerie O'Riordan avatar

    Valerie O'Riordan

    Senior Editor

    Editor Sommer Schafer avatar

    Sommer Schafer

    Senior Editor