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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Otis Nebula open to submissions

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Deadline: August 31, 2020
Open submission period EXTENDED:
June 1 - August 31, 2020

Theme: They said it couldn’t be done!
(Please interpret this wildly and loosely.)

Otis Nebula publishes incandescent, substantial work that operates on its own terms. Though we do tend to publish mostly poetry, we’re open to prose forms as well, and we’ve always been interested in hearing from underrepresented and marginalized voices.

Please take a gander at what it is we publish before submitting. If you don’t like what we do, chances are the feeling will be mutual. Too busy to read? We’re probably not your huckleberry. A writer who doesn’t read is like an anorexic chef. Also, we make it so easy! All of our past issues are available for free online.

If, after reading a piece or two, you feel strongly that your work jives with our aesthetic, do not hesitate to send us your poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, interviews, audio, video, visual art (especially photographs), music, or any and all hybrid forms.

For Poetry: Send us up to six poems in one email or attached document.

For Fiction: We prefer pieces that are under 3000 words, but will try anything once. Please keep in mind that we hardly ever publish long form narratives that don’t take some kind of risk. Fiction writers we admire are as obsessed with words and sentences as any poet, eschew obfuscation, and aren’t out to teach anybody a lesson. If, before you started writing your story, you knew exactly what it was going to be about? Probably don’t send us that story.

Additional Guidelines: We accept both digital and analog submissions. All submissions should be previously unpublished and include a short, third person biography. (We reserve the right to edit bios in the interests of brevity and style.) In the subject field of your message, please type your full name and the type of work you’re submitting (fiction, poetry, etc). You may place your work in the body of the email or as an attachment.

Send electronic submissions to:

otis [at] otisnebula [dot] com


Submissions received outside of the open submission period will not be read until the period. Paper submissions accepted year round. We also accept books for review, mixtapes, and love letters. Send all to:

Otis Nebula
PO Box 571
Kula, HI 96790

(Don’t forget to include an SASE!)

We may or may not make editorial suggestions on the work. Response time varies from a few days to many months. Sending out rejections saddens us and so we rarely get around to it. If it’s been six months, assume that we’re passing on the work you sent us this time. That said, we’ve definitely been known to suddenly want to publish a piece years after receiving it. If uncertainty isn’t your thing, and it’s been a couple of months, do email us. We will gladly respond. Simultaneous submitters, please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere by dropping us a line, preferably in the original thread you used to submit.

Otis Nebula reserves First North American Serial Rights with all rights reverting to the author upon publication. At this time, we are not a paying market. We are a machine that runs on volunteer labor and love. What we can offer is a beautiful home for your work that readers from around the world will have access to for as long as there’s electricity. Our readership is large: an average of around 10,000 unique visits a month from readers in 86 countries. Writers on our site have been featured on Verse Daily and various literary podcasts.

We look forward to seeing what you’ve been up to!

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