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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Trampset submission guidelines

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We are looking for short fiction (short stories, flash fiction, excerpts from longer works), nonfiction (personal essays, micro-memoirs, culture and criticism, reviews), and poetry (we’re not a good home for shape poetry). We have no style or length requirements, but shorter pieces tend to get more love. We welcome diverse voices, including writers working outside academia. We welcome simultaneous submissions. We welcome all tramps. Let’s be friends. Or maybe just acquaintances.

Submissions should be uploaded at our Submittable page here:

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Read the categories carefully. We have a small “Tip Jar” fee for many submissions but have a free option for economically disadvantaged writers, which is limited to 50 submissions a month. Most writers are poor, so we expect and encourage many of you to use this free category. If it has reached its limit for the month, wait for the following month for it to re-open or use one of the paid categories if you so choose. We also have a “Quick Response” option for writers wanting to hear back sooner; it costs a bit more. What we make from tips and the expedited response option goes to pay for Submittable (it’s expensive!), site expenses, and our writers and editors. All work should be uploaded in a single Word document.

Regular response times vary, but we try to respond within 1–3 months, if not sooner. We publish accepted pieces on a rolling basis and inform the writer when their piece will run. If your work is accepted for publication, you retain all rights. We just ask you give us the right to publish it first on our website (we consider previously published material from time to time) and the right to keep it in our archives. Also, please credit trampset if the work is republished elsewhere. We pay $25 per accepted piece (must have PayPal) when funds are available. Each year we nominate select pieces for Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net Anthology as well as for other contests like Best Small Fictions. Nominees will be notified and listed on our site.

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