Submissions Policies

June 26, 2009

The Fabulist accepts submissions of poetry, short fiction, visual art, and nonfiction (reviews, essays, articles, interviews), by invitation only or during periodic open calls.

You can get notifications for our current open calls via our email newsletter, Twitter feed, and Facebook page.

Short fiction

The Fabulist Words & Art’s most recent open call for short fiction ran from October 8 through November 12, 2021 and received 350 manuscripts — more than twice as many as our 2020 submissions window.

We are reading and responding to submissions through January 2022; selected works will be scheduled for publication throughout 2022.

NOTE: 2021 was our final year as a non-paying market. For works published in 2022, as a first step toward ultimately offering a per-word rate, we will be paying a $25 honorarium to all contributors.

You can get notifications about any current or upcoming open calls by signing up for our email newsletter or following us on social media (see above).


Poetry submissions are at this time by invitation only.

Visual Art

There is no current open call for visual art.

The Fabulist publishes art with a fantastical inclination, and welcomes flavors of the absurd, surreal, magic realist, and strange/bizarre. Artworks can invoke dreams, fantasy and science fiction, myth, folklore/fairy-stories, and comics; and can explore symbolism, human nature, identity, horror, mystery and the unknown/unknowable. Regardless of the foregoing, some fantastical element is what makes the difference.

General Submissions Policies

• We never, ever charge reading fees
• Submissions are only accepted through Submittable during open calls, or by invitation of the editors
• We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know right away if your work is accepted elsewhere
• Do not email your submission; you will not receive a response

Statement on Non-Discrimination

Submissions are welcome and encouraged from contributors regardless of ethnicity, faith, continental ancestry, national origin, gender, and sexuality. Please do not feel constrained; we are honored that you would consider The Fabulist, and thank you for the opportunity to review your work.

Evaluation process & response time

Submissions are reviewed by committee through several evaluation phases that last from three weeks to three months. On occasion it may take us six months or more to arrive at a decision for certain works.

If you have submitted using Submittable or, previously, Green Submissions, and haven’t received a decision after six months (or more), feel free to send a letter to the editors for a status check.

Rights, fees & publishing details

• 2021 was our final year as a non-paying market. For works published in 2022 we will be paying a $25 honorarium to all contributors.

• The Fabulist requests first serial rights for 6 (six) months; non-exclusive electronic archival rights on our website in perpetuity; and an option on anthology, print, ebook and audio rights, to be negotiated separately. Authors, poets and artists are otherwise the exclusive owners of their work.