Typishly is an online literary magazine publishing short fiction and poetry submitted by established and emerging writers.

Our journal has been called beautiful, stylish, cool, gorgeous, text-y, smart, inspiring, wonderful, eclectic, vivid, visceral, stunning, challenging… and sometimes weird. Let's begin with something that writers tell us they love:

We respond quickly. We publish weekly.

Compared with many literary journals, Typishly is a vibrant, active space. We strive for creativity, quality and diversity. And we're made for today's online world. We respond to submissions in less than a week. Often within a day or two. Your work won't get lost in limbo with no word on its status as months go by. And we publish every week, not monthly or quarterly or annually. 

As an added bonus, your page will look so good, you'll be proud to share it with friends. Typishly is very visual: designed for a clean, uninterrupted reading experience on desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. No advertising. No distracting clutter. Writers tell us their work has never looked better on the page.

Built for writers. Loved by readers.

It makes no difference to us whether or not you’ve been published before, or how often. In our pages, you’ll find poems and short stories written by experienced, published writers… and by folks whose work has never appeared anywhere. The quality of your writing is all that matters.

Our authors include a founding editor at Vanity Fair, a former TV producer for 60 Minutes, newspaper journalists, an international diplomat, veterans, novelists, university professors, lawyers, medical professionals, teachers, MFA students, professional actors and musicians, visual artists, retirees, homemakers, high school students, an Olympian, and a guy who works in demolition. They live in America, the UK, Italy, Sweden, Australia, Canada and elsewhere. Read the bios of our Featured Writers.

Each of our contributing writers has a dedicated author page displaying the portfolio of work they have published on Typishly. Here is our most published writer.

Fast, friendly, beautiful.

Our Founding Editor Jon has received international awards for creativity. When he launched Typishly, he dreamed of a creative space that would be 'fast, friendly and beautiful'. Jon brings years of experience as a Creative Director, pitching creative ideas to global companies. (One client crawled 20 feet on top of a boardroom table to shake his hand.) 

Jon has been encouraging writers for a couple of decades. Even his 'maybe next time' notes are friendly. Jon says: “Interacting with creative people is one of the joys of devoting time to Typishly. I read every submission (and every cover letter and bio). I respond in less than a week—often within a day or two—because I have a lot of respect for writers and I can’t imagine making them wait weeks or even months for a response. Here's what I get asked most: what kind of writing does Typishly publish? Have a look at our FAQs for the answer to that question and many more.”

Good things on the go at Typishly.

  • Simply scroll down and click one of our Submit buttons. Click on the ‘More’ tabs for guidelines.
  • Every week, Typishly sends out a call for our Short Fiction Mondays with a Monday deadline. We will read and respond to your short story submission in less than one week.
  • Every week, Typishly sends out a call for our Poetry Tuesdays with a Tuesday deadline. We will read and respond to your poetry submission in less than one week.
  • Every week, Typishly sends out a special call for Emerging Writer Thursdays for writers who have been published five or fewer times, with a Thursday submission deadline. Unpublished newbies are encouraged to submit. (Of course, emerging writers are also welcome to submit in any of our other categories.) Your short story or poetry will be considered along with work submitted by other emerging writers. We will read and respond to your submission in less than one week.
  • Every week, Typishly sends out a call for our Weekend Roundtable with a Saturday deadline. We will read and respond to your poetry or short story submission in less than one week.  
  • Our Creative Challenges are fun writing prompts with three-week deadlines, always ending on Wednesdays. We refresh them with new challenges as they expire. There are always First Sentence, Last Sentence and Word Salad challenges open for your submission.  We will read and respond to your poetry or short story submission in less than one week. 
  • Our open call for Poetry and Short Fiction has no deadline, so you can take all the time you need to write something that showcases your creativity. We will read and respond to your poetry or short story submission in less than one week. 

Paying our $3 submission fee does not guarantee that we will publish your work and is not a purchase of editing services, written feedback or a writing review. Providing us with personal biographical information as part of your submission implies that you consent to its publication on our site and storage on our servers if your story or poem is selected for publication. Do not send us your street address or phone number (published bios include only city/state/country; our policy is never to call submitters). Before submitting to Typishly read our FAQs and Terms of Use.

This is an open call for poetry and short fiction with no submission deadline. We encourage you to take your time and submit whenever you have written something that showcases your creativity. 

We will read and respond to your submission in less than one week. 

Submit ONE short story - OR - up to FIVE poems in a submission. 

- You're welcome to make more than one submission if you want us to read more of your work.
- Don’t submit short fiction over 5,000 words long.  
- Don't submit poems with words set artistically across the page. They do not display properly on smartphones, because the screens are too narrow and unexpected line breaks often occur. 

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Every week, Typishly sends out a call for Poetry Tuesdays, with a Tuesday submission deadline. 

We will read and respond to your submission in less than one week.

Submit up to 5 poems in one submission. If you'd like to submit more work, you're welcome to make more than one submission.  
- Don't submit poems with words set artistically across the page. They do not display properly on smartphones, because the screens are too narrow and unexpected line breaks often occur.

Our Creative Challenges are writing prompts with three-week deadlines, always ending on Wednesdays. We refresh them with new challenges as they expire.

We will read and respond to your short story or poem in less than one week.

We’ll publish every submission that impresses us with its creativity. When our deadline has come and gone, we’ll repeat the challenge with new writing prompts.  

WHAT TO DO: We’ve provided three options below, each containing three words or phrases. Choose only ONE option. You must use all three of the exact words or phrases found within the option you choose. 

USE THE THREE WORDS OR PHRASES IN ANY ORDER, somewhere within your short story or poem. It helps if you bold them, so readers can easily find them.   

CHOOSE... OPTION 1: USE ALL 3 OF THESE WORDS/PHRASES IN YOUR SHORT STORY OR POEM (IN ANY ORDER)… 

view of the river    +    too demanding    +    dating app


OR CHOOSE... OPTION 2: USE ALL 3 OF THESE WORDS/PHRASES IN YOUR SHORT STORY OR POEM (IN ANY ORDER)... 

message me    +    ten million degrees    +    SFO to LAX


OR CHOOSE... OPTION 3: USE ALL 3 OF THESE WORDS/PHRASES IN YOUR SHORT STORY OR POEM (IN ANY ORDER)...

free spirit     +     pottery class    +    #MeToo


NOTES:

- Don’t submit short fiction over 5,000 words long. 

- Don't submit poems with words set artistically across the page. They do not display properly on smartphones, because the screens are too narrow and unexpected line breaks often occur. 

Every week, Typishly sends out a special call for Emerging Writer Thursdays for writers who have been published five or fewer times, with a Thursday submission deadline. Unpublished newbies are encouraged to submit. (Of course, emerging writers are also welcome to submit in any of our other categories.)

We will read and respond to your submission in less than one week. Your short fiction or poetry will be considered along with work submitted by other emerging writers. 

Submit ONE short story - OR - up to FIVE poems in a submission.
- You're welcome to make more than one submission if you want us to read more of your work.
- Don’t submit short fiction over 5,000 words long.  
- Don't submit poems with words set artistically across the page. They do not display properly on smartphones, because the screens are too narrow and unexpected line breaks often occur. 

A couple of FAQs:

Should I expect to get feedback, advice or editing services? No. Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources to promise feedback, advice or editing services. And that hurts, because writers ask us so nicely. Our Founding Editor Jon does try to offer positive encouragement to writers whenever he can, by specifically mentioning things he likes about their writing.

Paying the $3 submission fee means my work will definitely be accepted for publication, right? No, it doesn’t. We’re not a vanity publisher. Paying the fee does not mean your work will automatically be published. 

Every week, Typishly sends out a call for our Weekend Roundtable, with a Saturday deadline. 

We will read and respond to your poetry or short story submission in less than one week.

Submit ONE story - OR - up to FIVE poems in a submission. If you have more work, you're welcome to make more than one submission.
- Don’t submit short fiction over 5,000 words long.
- Don't submit poems with words set artistically across the page. They do not display properly on smartphones, because the screens are too narrow and unexpected line breaks often occur.
 

Every week, Typishly sends out a call for Short Fiction Mondays, with a Monday submission deadline. 

We will read and respond to your submission in less than one week.

ONE story per submission. You're welcome to make more than one submission if you want us to read more than one of your stories.
- Don’t submit short fiction over 5,000 words long.

Our Creative Challenges are writing prompts with three-week deadlines, always ending on Wednesdays. We refresh them with new challenges as they expire. 

We will read and respond to your short story or poem in less than one week.

We’ll publish every submission that impresses us with its creativity. When our deadline has come and gone, we’ll repeat the challenge with new writing prompts.

WHAT TO DO:
You MUST USE ONLY ONE of the three sentences below to END your short story or poem.

CHOOSE ONLY ONE OPTION BELOW:

EITHER...

USE THIS SENTENCE TO END YOUR STORY OR POEM: 

The ferry slid out on oil slick water and he watched until her hand dropped and she turned away.

 
OR...

USE THIS SENTENCE TO END YOUR STORY OR POEM:

He was doing 90 and he had no brakes and none of it mattered.


OR...

USE THIS SENTENCE TO END YOUR STORY OR POEM:

The sky bloomed yellow and the purple sea thundered.


NOTES: 

- Don’t submit short fiction over 5,000 words long.  

- Don't submit poems with words set artistically across the page. They do not display properly on smartphones, because the screens are too narrow and unexpected line breaks often occur. 

Our Creative Challenges are writing prompts with three-week deadlines, always ending on Wednesdays. We refresh them with new challenges as they expire.

We will read and respond to your short story or poem in less than one week.

We’ll publish every submission that impresses us with its creativity. When our deadline has come and gone, we’ll repeat the challenge with new writing prompts.

WHAT TO DO:   
You MUST USE ONLY ONE of the three phrases below to BEGIN your short story or poem.    

CHOOSE ONLY ONE OPTION BELOW: EITHER...
USE THIS PHRASE TO BEGIN YOUR STORY OR POEM:
The question baked all morning on the Mississippi brick


OR... USE THIS PHRASE TO BEGIN YOUR STORY OR POEM:
She never learned to drive that car the color of a flower


OR... USE THIS PHRASE TO BEGIN YOUR STORY OR POEM:
The sirens again.


NOTES:

- Don’t submit short fiction over 5,000 words long. 

- Don't submit poems with words set artistically across the page. They do not display properly on smartphones, because the screens are too narrow and unexpected line breaks often occur. 

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