Submission Guidelines

Submissions for Issue 2 ("FOLKLORE"

themed) are now CLOSED.

Watch this space!


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 masthead or read Issue 1 for a taste of the work we publish.

Alternate issues are themed. The theme for Issue 2 is "FOLKLORE".

Interpret or engage with the theme as strictly or tangentially as you choose – as long as you engage with it! 

In the case of exceptional work that does not address the theme, we may make an exception or consider it for a future, un-themed issue. Read the rest of our guidelines below for more submission details.

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 Nonfiction (up to 4000 words)​

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


  • Submit your work to tethersendmagazine@gmail.com (include your submissions category — fiction, poetry, non-fiction, art, photography — and your name in the subject line).

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

  • No previously published work.

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

  • We aim to respond to submissions within 2 months, 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.

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

  • Alternate issues are themed (our next issue will be un-themed). The theme for Issue 2 is "FOLKLORE". Submissions 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!