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Submission Guidelines

(submissions are currently closed - check
back here or on our social media for updates!)

What are we looking for?

Tether's End seeks any writing that moves us. While we are open to submissions of all sorts, we kindly ask that you stray from genre fiction. We want to read crafted work; your stories that engage us and poems that surprise us. You can read more about the kind of work our editors like on our mastheador read our previous issues for a taste of the work we publish.

We Consider:

  • Fiction (short fiction of up to 5000 words. No minimum, we want your micro & flash, too!)

  • Poetry (up to 3 poems. We also welcome visual/object poetry)

  • Creative non-fiction (up to 4000 words)​

  • Art + photography (portfolios of up to 6 pieces)


  • Submit your work to (include your submissions category — fiction, flash-fiction, poetry, non-fiction, etc. — and your name in the subject line).

  • No previously published work.

  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed and expected — just notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere.

  • No multiple submissions, though we will accept work from up to two categories (e.g. poetry, fiction) per submission.

  • Submissions must be in a 12pt Serif font (such as Times New Roman), single-spaced, and in Word Doc format. Submit any art, photography, or visual/object poetry as JPEGs. 

  • We aim to respond to submissions in under 12 weeks, and ask that you give us this long before inquiring about the status of your submission. If you have a pending submission, please wait for a response before submitting to us again, and until the next reading period if your work is not accepted.

  • Alternate issues are themed. Issue 3 will be un-themed. Submissions for Issue 3 are now CLOSED.

  • We appreciate a small author's bio in the body of your email, which will appear alongside your work should it be published. Let us know who you are!

The Fine Print

Your work always belongs to you first, and once it is published, all rights revert back to you. We kindly ask that if your work is published elsewhere following its publication with us, you credit Tether's End as its initial place of publication. If we publish your work, we may post extracts from it on our social media in future. If you want to deny us these re-publication rights, do let us know. Alternatively, feel free to share your social media handles with us so we can tag you if we do share your work — we want to celebrate you!

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