An announcement about our next issue:

As we're gearing up for our 12th issue to finish up our fourth year publishing Shirley, we're thinking about our role in the publishing ecosystem. As both of us have experiences within our own genders (one of us a woman, one of us nonbinary and AFAB), we've always been aware of the additional barriers many writers from the margins face when trying to publish their work. 

It has always been our intention to highly encourage those writers to send their work to Shirley. In this next issue, we want to address that by 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 2019 for our April issue.)

In your cover letter, please include the following: the case-sensitive name under which you publish, your pronouns, and a brief author's bio. Please see further submission guidelines below. The deadline for this issue is 12/15/18. We are so excited to read your stories.

       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 — 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 twelfth issue will be published in December, 2018. 

Colleen Burner & Lauren Perez