How to submit
storySouth accepts unsolicited submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction during two submission periods annually: June15-July 15 and December 15-January 15.
Submissions may only be made through storySouth’s Submittable online submission manager. Work sent by email or postal mail will be disregarded. We prefer files in Rich Text (.rtf) format but will accept Word (.doc) files as well.
Authors should limit submissions to 3-5 poems, one story, or one essay. Please only submit in one genre per issue. There are no word limits on submissions. Long pieces are encouraged. Please make only one submission in a single genre per reading period. Response time is approximately 3 months.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please inform us if submitted work is accepted elsewhere. We do not consider submissions of previously published work in any form (including prior internet publication).
storySouth acquires only first serial publication rights of accepted work. Copyright is asserted on behalf of the author, and all reprint rights revert to the author upon publication.
Publishing with storySouth
storySouth is interested in all types of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry by writers from the new south. The exact definition of “new south” varies from person to person—if you can make a case for why you consider yourself part of the new south, then submit your work. storySouth seeks works representing the entire range of southern experience—including all races, genders, and views on life. However, excellence in writing is the only criterion used in choosing works to publish in storySouth.
Works submitted to storySouth don’t have to be set within the south. A writer who was raised in the south but now lives elsewhere has as valid a view of the south as someone who just moved to Alabama. Please note, though, that storySouth has no interest in writings that merely muck around in old stereotypes and cliches of the south. Bring something new to your writings about the south and we will be interested.