Submissions

Our submissions are currently closed.

Our latest submission period welcomed submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art, and those strange beings in between between May 15 and July 12.
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Submission Guidelines

  • Please submit previous unpublished work to us through email, at untetheredmagazine [at] gmail [dot] com.
  • Please specify the genre(s) of the piece(s) you are submitting in the body of your email (ie. fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, atwork, hybrid)
  • Please include your name, first and last, in the body of your email.
  • If submitting prose, please include word counts.
  • If you are submitting more than one piece, please upload them as individual files and title each document with the name of the piece within it. (i.e. one file per submitted piece) Word documents are preferred over PDF (except for art submissions, see below) We do not accept submissions within the body of an email.
  • You may submit a short bio with your submission in the body of your email, but it is not a requirement.
  • If the piece(s) you are submitting are not easily defined by the below categories, that’s okay! Just do your best to describe them in your email (ex. poem/essay hybrid or visual poetry etc.). We do like weird stuff (not specifically in the content or subject matter, but more so in the playfulness of form).
  • We don’t publish the same writer in consecutive issues.
  • If you are unfamiliar with our publication, we urge you to pick up a copy of a back issue here, or read through our selected back issue excerpts here to get a sense of what we tend to publish.

Poetry

We will consider a maximum of four poems per person per submission period. There are no length restrictions for the poetry we accept as submissions.

Visual poetry (vispo) and other layout-based poetry submissions may be submitted in PDF rather than Word documents.

Prose

For fiction and non-fiction, we will accept a maximum of 5000 words total in each genre. Please specify word count(s) in your cover letter.

(e.g. Five 1000 word non-fiction pieces, or anything that adds up to 5000 words, OR one 5000 word piece.)

However, keep in mind that if it is on the longer side, it must earn its length—the piece should be as long as it needs to be.

Do not send us a pieces over the word count, they will not be considered. If your piece is slightly over, we highly suggest you do another edit to trim out the extra words. In our experience this more often than not makes the piece stronger.

We aim to publish high quality, thought provoking, literary fiction and creative non-fiction.

Unless your piece purposefully breaks form conventions (which we are all for) it should be professionally formatted with proper punctuation, indented paragraphs, etc.

We do not publish genre fiction (fantasy, horror, sci-fi, mystery, romance etc.), articles, academic essays, writing for children or YA, so please don’t send them to us.

Art

We feature one artist per issue, so please send a sample of the portfolio or collection of work you’d like us to consider (five to ten pieces).

Art work can be sent to us in various formats, PDF, jpeg, or share a Google Drive folder with us. If you have a website with more artwork from your portfolio you might want to include that as well.

We usually publish 8 – 10 pieces, including cover art and work inside the issue. We prefer publishing pieces that have similar theme or style. You can check out some of the art we have published in the past on our excerpt pages.  


You may submit pieces in all categories in one submission email as long as you follow the guidelines for each type of submission.

20 thoughts on “Submissions

  1. Greetings, untethered magazine! I see no mention of payment or compensation in your guidelines. Does this mean you offer none?

    Thanks,
    James

    1. Hi James, great question. As an independent, unfunded literary mag our budget is quite small, but we offer our contributors the option of a monetary honorarium or a free copy of the copy they are published in. We hope to be able offer contributors more compensation as we grow.

  2. I’m mailing a short story titled THE PRINCESS DOLPHINS for publication consideration. It is a fiction. Thanks

  3. Do you publish children’s stories? I have written one for ages 7-10 years old and am interested in contacting a printer who would be interested in publishing it.

    1. Hi Mike! For this issue all of our decisions will be made by late August. We will post on all our social media platforms as well as the website when acceptance letters have been sent out. Due to the volume of submissions we received for this issue we won’t be able to respond personally to those we haven’t chosen to include in the issue. Hope that answers your question!

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