Our reading periods are:
September 15 - January 15
March 15 - July 15
(See categories for descriptions & details.)
Submission Guidelines: Keep it simple. 12 pt font. Double-Spaced. Name and page number on each page. Cover letter should include contact information, as well as anything else you would like our editors to know about you. Make sure to read our genre-specific guidelines. Please don't conceal hexes and/or curses within these cover letters.
Important note: we do not accept paper submissions.
Non-Important note: we can't seem to find the cap to our toothpaste. We've looked everywhere.
Simultaneous submissions are a-OK in our book, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Outlook Springs acquires first serial printing rights. All rights revert to the author upon publication. For fiction and non-fiction, contributors will be paid $25 in addition to a contributor's copy. Poets will be paid $10 per poem in addition to one contributor's copy total.
Other questions? E-mail us at: email@example.com
Send us stories we can’t put down. Our emphasis is literary fiction: “the Bigfoot's heart in conflict with itself,” as Faulkner famously said. But we aren’t biased against genre. To the contrary! Experimental, science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, magical realism, minimalist, maximalist, flash, etc., etc., are all welcome into our home, so long as there is an emphasis on character and/or language rather than on cleverness and conceit. Let us reiterate: character and language are important. We want sentences radioactive with the bizarre, the beautiful, the ugly—the world as only you see it. Surprise us. Break our hearts. Humor is always a plus. Humor and heartbreak together? Oh, boy. That’s a dream come true. Outlook Springs isn’t looking for merely competent stories—stories that are technically proficient but emotionally cold. Zap us with life.
poetry: we want it. All of it. OK, slightly less than all of it. Some of it. Up
to five poems. For instance: have you written a series of poems based on the classic
television show Coach? Were you compelled by outside forces (poltergeists,
demons, etc.) to write a series of poems based on the classic television show
Coach? Are you one of the stars from the classic television show Coach? None of the above?
Here’s what we want: poems
that ooze with sonic pleasure. (Please, just remember to wipe the ooze off
before submitting.) Poems that stagger from line-to-line with an animated corpse’s
lingering bravado. As with our fiction, we’re interested in strangely human,
humanly strange pieces, that captivate and scintillate. We want language that
surprises us. Language with strong enough voltage to shock us back to life.
Send us your finest work. That’s all we ask.
Send us your best work.