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Unlikely Stories

Literary Magazine









An electronic magazine of literature, art, and culture that attempts a direct engagement with society and sociopolitical issues. We believe that art and philosophy are synonymous, and that they are the appropriate source of all social activism and political thought.

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  • Vibe:Weird / outsider / wtf even is it
  • Response time:
    4-8 weeks*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:



  • 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

    Our policy on previously-published work is flexible. We don’t want work that our readers might have read. If it was published on the web in the past couple of years, especially in a similar journal, or if it was published in a very widely-distributed print journal within the past few years, we don’t want it. If it was published in a 500-copy ’zine ten years ago, please send it. If it was published online, but the publisher has disappeared from the web, please send it. We will assume full transparency and make decisions on a case-by-case basis.

    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 - 8000 words max

Max words: 8000

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: Literary

Please send no more than three stories, or no more than 8,000 words, at a time. If you would like to send a single story longer than 8,000 words, please query us first.

Nonfiction - 8000 words max

Max words: 8000

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: , , , ,

Please send no more than three stories, or no more than 8,000 words, at a time. If you would like to send a single story longer than 8,000 words, please query us first.


Max pieces: 6

Please send up to six poems or ten pages at a time. If you have a single poem that is longer than ten pages, drop us a line first and let us know.


We love reviews of small press books, as well as reviews and criticism of more mainstream works.


Min pieces: 6

Max pieces: 9

We prefer to present virtual galleries of work by an artist or artistic team. To facilitate that, please send six to nine .jpg files.


We are interested in showcasing and promoting the works of musicians who are working to change the definition of musical genres. When we feature a musician, we expect to be able to present free music, either embedded or as a download.


movies, music, spoken word videos, humor We’re happy to embed YouTube or Vimeo videos. We’re also happy to embed .mp4s directly, but please don’t go emailing us with those things; give us a link where we can download and check ’em out.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Please feel free to send a bio of up to 100 words, and/or a headshot of yourself, which might be resized upon publication.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    We don’t care what font you send your work in. We don’t care if you attach it or paste it in the body of an email. We disrecommend including your full address and phone number when writing to some people on the Internet you don’t know, but feel free to do that if you think you’re supposed to.

  • Author's rights

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

  • Additional info

    Well I just think their submission guidelines are a work of art

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

68 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

32 days

Fastest response time

100 days

Slowest response time

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Submission calls

    All genres

    Always open


Unlikely Stories Mark V is the new incarnation of the electronic magazine, Unlikely Stories, which has been published on the Web, more-or-less continually, since 1998. We publish poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, including firsthand accounts of sociopolitical activism. We publish galleries ...

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    Jonathan Penton


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    Leona Strassberg Steiner

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