We aren't the pub to send your best work to. We want your cringeworthy, embarrassing, "dollar store" writing. Check our About Page for more information on what we're looking for. Make sure to follow us @dollarstoremag on Twitter and Instagram for submission updates and themes.

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE SEPTEMBER 28TH

Issue 2 Theme

NOSTALGIA, BUT MAKE IT SPOOKY

Give us the monster mash / old creepy buildings / blasts from the pasts / urban legends / the best 80s horror films / childhood nightmares / and more

Guidelines

Content. We trust that you've seen submission guidelines before. If you haven’t, we’re honored to be your first and we trust that you'll catch on quickly. No racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, etc. -- and no plagiarism. Please include relevant content warnings! Due to copyright issues, we can't accept fanfic pieces, so please don't send any.

We want awkward stories and embarrassing poems, but PLEASE NO SMUT. Seriously, we don't want it. We'll reject your piece and probably won't accept your submissions in the future. We may be tacky, but we still have standards.

Previously published work & simultaneous submissions. We do not accept work that has been published by other publications. We do accept work that has been published on personal blogs, your mom’s fridge, or your Wattpad account when you were thirteen. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please email us to withdraw your submission if someone else accepts it first. We’re happy for you!

Poetry Submissions: You can submit up to 3 poems, with no more than 6 pages max. Please submit all poems in one document (Word document or PDF) with each poem beginning on a new page. Poetry submissions should be single-spaced, unless formatted differently. Title your submission in the following format: GENRE_last name_number of pieces (ex. POETRY_Doe_2).​

Nonfiction and Fiction: You can submit up to 3 pieces in a single submission OR 5,000 words maximum (whichever comes first). Please submit all pieces in one document (Word document or PDF) with each piece beginning on a new page. Nonfiction and fiction submissions should be double-spaced. Title your submission in the following format: GENRE_last name_number of pieces (ex. FICTION_Doe_1).

Flash Fiction: You can submit up to 3 pieces of flash fiction, with each piece having a maximum of 500 words. Please submit all pieces in one document (Word document or PDF) with each piece beginning on a new page. Flash fiction submissions should be double-spaced. Title your submission in the following format: GENRE_last name_number of pieces (ex. FLASH FICTION_Doe_3).

Language. Dollar Store Magazine wishes to give a platform to writers from all around the world. Apart from English, we are able to review works written in Hebrew. The guidelines still stand for submissions in those languages. Should your non-English submission be accepted, we’ll publish it alongside a translation. You can provide it on your own with your submission (or after we’ve accepted it), or we can work with you to translate it together. Ultimately, if you want to submit in Hebrew, please don’t self-reject because of the translation! We'll find a solution to everything, and would love to give you a platform.
 

Checkout. Please email submissions to dollarstoremag@gmail.com with the email subject 'GENRE Submission_Last Name' (for example, 'POETRY Submission_Doe'). Send as a PDF or Word document (no Google Docs, please). In the body of your email, include a cover letter that explains, in just a sentence or two, why your submission is a good fit for Dollar Store Mag. Include a bio for publication (75 words max) with relevant social media handles. 
 

Returns: Once submissions close, you'll hear back from us within the week. If you don't hear from us ten days after submissions close, please email us!
 

Payment. Unfortunately, we can't pay contributors right now, but we hope to in the future!
 

Rights. All rights revert to the writer upon publication. We just ask that you credit Dollar Store Magazine as the first home of your work!