Bartleby Snopes: Accepting Short Story Submissions

Written by Emily Harstone | July 23, 2015

Update: This Journal is Now Closed as of December 30th 2016

Bartlby Snopes is an online literary journal that publishes two stories per week, all year long. They also publish a semi-annual print edition that includes selected stories that they have previously published online.

They do not pay contributors, however they do run a contest each year with a big prize involved.

Everyone whose work is included in the semi-annual print edition receives a contributor copy. Winners of the story of the month contest (a reader voted contest may or may not offer a $25 prize – reports are contradictory) are published in the print edition, as are other stories selected by the editors.

Some of the information on their website is confusing or a little out of date, but it is generally easy to navigate and well laid out.

The editors try to respond to all submissions within 3 days. Although that is not always possible, they have a good track record. They accept a small percentage of what is submitted to them.

When you submit to them, make sure your submissions is double spaced. Flash fiction should be no more than 1200 words in length. Long fiction is between 1000-3000 words. If your work is between 1000 and 1200 words you get to decide if it is flash or not.

All submissions must be made through the submission manager Submittable.

They have a clear outline on their website of what generally “turns them off” a story. You can read this list on their submission page here.

To learn more visit their website here.