Our Process

The Forge Literary Magazine publishes one prose piece per week selected by a rotating cast of editors. Each submission is read anonymously. If a story is chosen to move forward, it is read by our Editors of the Month who make the final decisions on the stories they receive. Since we are a diverse, international group of writers, our tastes and styles are wide-ranging. Read more about us here. Questions? Please email us.

Fiction and Nonfiction

We accept unsolicited submissions via Submittable. We prefer stories below 3,000 words. Please do not send pieces over 5,000 words. We love flash and micro prose. We will consider previously unpublished pieces only. Please send no more than one piece per month and wait to hear from us before submitting another. We read our submissions anonymously. Please do not put your name anywhere in the file. We will open to fee-free submissions on the first of each month and close when we reach our quota, except for September and December. If you don’t see the free submission link, that means we have reached our limit for the month. We occasionally close tip-jar submissions to catch up with reading.

Literary excellence is our only criteria. We are open to all genres and voices, and stories with any background, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual and personal identity from all over the world. We accept and encourage simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw promptly via Submittable if your piece is accepted elsewhere. Please do not inquire about the status of your submission until four months have passed. If you are a former contributor, please wait at least six months before you submit again; we only publish one piece per contributor per year. Contest winners are exempt from this policy.

Payment and Rights

We pay, upon publication, $75 per piece regardless of length. We request exclusive worldwide English language rights to publish in the Forge Literary Magazine, an online journal, for a period of one (1) month, after which all rights revert to the author. Authors outside the U.S. must be able to receive payment via PayPal. Please note that our acceptance to publication time is currently four to six months.

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