We are prose first, plot second, but we need both. Give us a slice of the sublimely strange. We want the eerie, the weird, the beautiful. We're interested in the body and its grotesqueries, the brain and its tricks. We want stories that don't clearly belong to any one genre, stories that will get our hands dirty, stories that expose the worms crawling under the rock.

A partial list of influences:
Shirley Jackson, Bruno Schulz, Franz Kafka, Flannery O'Connor, Margaret Atwood, Kelly Link, Amelia Gray, Leonora Carrington, etc.

Submission Guidelines:
       We publish in April, August, and December. Our reading time is year-round, but please only submit one story (3,000 words max) or up to three flash pieces (1,000 words max) per issue. To submit, send your work as a PDF or .doc file to shirleylitmag@gmail.com — no need to include your mailing address. We accept simultaneous submissions but not previously published works. Unfortunately, we cannot pay contributors at this time. 
       We read and accept submissions from everyone, but we especially encourage women and nonbinary writers and writers of color to submit their work to us. Our fourteenth issue will be published in August, 2019. 

Sincerely,
Colleen Burner & Lauren Perez
editors

P.S. We’re doing it again! In our 15th issue (Dec. 2019), we will be explicitly publishing stories by writers who do not identify as cis-gendered men. (Cis-gendered men are still welcome to send us their work, with the understanding that we won’t be reading it until 2020.)
In your cover letter for submissions for issue 15, please include the following: the case-sensitive name under which you publish, your pronouns, and a brief author’s bio. The deadline for this issue is 12/15/19. We can’t wait to read what you’ve got.