PLURAL is looking for new writing, particularly fiction, essay, and literary criticism. We welcome original and previously unpublished manuscripts ranging from short stories to novel excerpts.

PLURAL has First Serial Rights on the pieces published within each issue. Full Rights revert back to all authors upon publication.

Once PLURAL has accepted your work, you may submit it to other publications with the understanding that you will grant due credit to PLURAL as the first publisher of your work.

PLURAL publishes two issues every year.


How to Format
–Flash Fiction
–Long Fiction and Essay
–Literary Criticism
–Novel Excerpts
–Visual Art
Submission Period
Simultaneous Submissions
Confirmation of Acceptance
How to Submit



All manuscripts must be in 12-point, Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri, double-spaced, with numbered pages. Margins should be one inch on all sides.

The author’s name should not appear anywhere within the piece.



Flash Fiction
— Manuscripts must be between 500 and 1,000 words.

Long Fiction and Essay
— Manuscripts must not exceed 10,000 words.

Literary Criticism
— Centered on Prose (Fiction and Essay)
— Manuscripts must not exceed 10,000 words.
— Should include complete citations in MLA format.

Excerpts from Novels or Novels-in-Progress
— Submissions should include a brief paragraph summarizing the novel.
–The excerpt itself must not exceed 10,000 words.

Visual Art
— We welcome all kinds of visual art as long as they are rendered in digital format (TIFF, JPG, PNG).
— Artworks should be submitted as high resolution digital images, at least 300 dpi at 8½” x 10″
— We accept a series consisting of 3-5 artworks at a time.
— Accepted artworks may be subject to re-sizing and/or cropping for PLURAL’s online banners.



PLURAL publishes issues twice a year. Submissions will close three months before the issue’s release to give the editors a chance to review and deliberate the works.

Submissions sent outside of the submission period for an issue will be considered for the next issue.

PROSE SUBMISSIONS: Issue 07 (to be announced soon!)




PLURAL accepts simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately should your piece be accepted elsewhere.



Letters of acceptance or regret will be sent within one month after the end of the submission period. If you have not received any response from us within that time, feel free to contact us at with your name and title of work.



While PLURAL supports its writers and artists, it is a nonprofit publication. At this time, we cannot provide compensation for accepted manuscripts. However, due credit will be given on the website and on all social media accounts where the work will appear.



Submission is through e-mail. Cover Letter, Manuscripts, and Artworks must be attached in your e-mail. The subject of which must be: <Submissions>, <Title>, <Genre>, or for Visual Art: <Submissions>, <Title>, <Art>, <Number of Artworks>.

Submissions, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Long-Fiction

Your cover letter must include your complete name, contact details, as well as a short bionote.

Send your submissions to: