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Zero Readers

Literary Magazine








ZERO READERS publishes CRAFT CONTENT alongside poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.


  • Vibe:We're just chilling here
  • Response time:
    1 month*
    Editor reported data
    77 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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Pays$1 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

  • 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: 3000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary, Absurdist, Experimental, LGBTQ+ Stories, Magical Realism, wtf idk

Payment: $ 1 per piece

One piece of up to 3000 words, or up to three pieces not exceeding 1000 each. One file.


Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Payment: $ 1 per piece

For personal essays or life writing, one piece that does not exceed 3000 words OR up to three pieces that do not exceed 1000 words each. One file. We're especially interested in craft essays—writing about writing, the writing process, grammar, tools, ideas & frameworks, your personal experience with writing, tips & tricks-- If it's about the act of writing, we'd love to read it!


Max pieces: 3

Payment: $ 1 per piece

Three pieces, not exceeding five pages total. One file.

Review (Book review, chapbook review)

Max words: 3000

Max pieces: 1

Payment: $ 1 per piece

Review (Craft Articles/Essays)

Max words: 3000

Max pieces: 1

Payment: $ 1 per piece


Max words: 3000

Max pieces: 1

Payment: $ 1 per piece

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Cover letters are not required, but if you feel like it, shoot. We do request a third-person bio no longer than 100 words in our form.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    .docx and .pdf files

  • Author's rights

    Zero Readers retains first-time digital & print rights for your published work. All other rights revert to the author. If there’s a conflict with printing your work in our omnibus print version, please do alert us.

  • Additional info

    Make you feel at home: cozy, meme-friendly, a sense of community, all that stuff Active on social media Helpful: reposting other opportunities on their Twitter:)

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

77 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

20 days

Fastest response time

90 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 105 days, 98 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

74 days

12-month average response time

Managed by editors

Submission calls

    All genres



We are Zero Readers, a literary magazine focusing on craft content as well as poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. We welcome writers of all experience, background, and niches to submit to our biannual issues. Our goal is to build a vibrant writing community through access to craft essays...

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    Editor Ivy Jones avatar

    Ivy Jones


    Editor Jason W. McGlone avatar

    Jason W. McGlone


    Editor Mack Rogers avatar

    Mack Rogers

    Poetry Editor

    Editor Dawson Thompson avatar

    Dawson Thompson

    Fiction Editor

    Editor K.S. Palakovic avatar

    K.S. Palakovic

    Nonfiction Editor

    Editor Joshua Lambie avatar

    Joshua Lambie

    Craft Content Editor

    Editor Aleece Bustamante avatar

    Aleece Bustamante

    Art Director

    Editor Sammi Rowell avatar

    Sammi Rowell

    Social Media Manager