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The Selkie

Literary Magazine





The Selkie champions work by individuals who self-identify as underrepresented in terms of race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, sex, socio-economic class, neurodivergence, disability, and refugee/immigration status.


This magazine may have some eligibility requirements

Please double-check before submitting.

  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    4 weeks*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:
    40% *
    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

    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 - 3000 words max

Max words: 1

Max words: 3000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, Literary, Absurdist, Action-Adventure, Children's story, Crime, Experimental, Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Gothic, Historical, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ+ Stories, Magical Realism, Mystery, Noir, Romance, Science Fiction, Speculative, Thriller, Young Adult

Nonfiction - 3000 words max

Max words: 1

Max words: 3000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us


Max lines: 120

Max pieces: 5

5 pages max

How to submit

  • Processs

    Google / other forms

  • Cover letter

    We do not require cover letters, but you will be asked to provide an author/artist bio (up to 100 words) when submitting your work.

  • Eligibility

    All marginalized creators18+

  • Formatting

    Please format your work according to standard manuscript submission guidelines (TNR 12, double-spaced). In accordance with the standard manuscript submission guidelines, please include your name, word count, and the title of the piece on the first page of your document.

  • Author's rights

    We don't have rights information for this magazine

  • Additional info

    Active on social media! :) Though contributors are not currently paid for published work, payment is prioritised where funding is available – these opportunities are clearly highlighted as being paid. Helpful: reposting other opportunities on their Twitter :) "I've been published there twice and they're lovely and supportive!"

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

50 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

35 days

Fastest response time

54 days

Slowest response time

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

52 days

12-month average response time

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Unlike most literary magazines, The Selkie not only publishes quality submissions, but also helps authors develop and improve their work. Upon acceptance, each submission undergoes a round of developmental and general edits, with our experienced editors providing in-depth feedback and working with t...

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