Typishly is a new online literary journal publishing high quality short fiction and poetry submitted by established and emerging writers.


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We're ready for your submission.

  • We are always open for submissions of poetry and short fiction. Scroll down and click one of our Submit buttons if you’re eager to get going. Click on the ‘More’ tabs for details.
  • Our Weekend Roundtable: Call for Poetry | Short Fiction has a weekly Saturday deadline.
  • Our Creative Challenges and JumpStart Challenges have three-week deadlines.
  • All submissions are powered by Submittable, trusted by over 9,000 organizations including The New Yorker, CBS, Stanford University and National Geographic.
  • There is a small fee for submissions, which allows us to showcase the creativity of our contributing writers on clutter-free pages with no advertising. Our readers tell us they appreciate that. Thank you.

Who will read your work?

The Founder & Editor of Typishly is a Creative Director and writer who has received international awards for creativity. He has been evaluating creative work and mentoring writers for a couple of decades. He responds to submissions within one week.

  • “Given the high quality of work I have found in your journal, I really trust your editorial judgment.”


{ We do not accept submissions by email. Your submission might not be published on our website. Before making a submission to Typishly please read our Terms of Use.}

$3.20

What to do:

1. Read a couple of short stories at Typishly.com to see what we like.

2. 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.

3. Don’t submit short fiction over 5,000 words long. Our sweet spot is even shorter than that at 2,500 to 3,000 words. 1,000 word flash fiction is fine. If you have something beautiful or intense or vivid or surprising that runs 100 words, go for it. 

4. Tell us a bit about yourself. Let us know if you've been published and where. Why did you write this story?

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1. Read a couple of poems at Typishly.com to see what we like.

2. You can submit up to 5 poems at once. It's okay to be unconventional, surprising, different. Short or long.

3. Tell us a bit about yourself. Let us know if you've been published and where. Why did you write these poems?

A few words of caution:

Half of our readers view Typishly on an iPhone, with its relatively small and narrow screen, not on a laptop. Many poets, however, send us luxuriously long lines, sometimes with words spaced apart and scattered across a wide page full of beautiful white space. Unfortunately, this artful approach does not display well on an iPhone, where unexpected, uncontrollable line breaks are a regular occurrence. If you'd like to control the way your poem is read, we advise you to use relatively short lines, left-justify all lines, and avoid the use of tabs or extra spaces between words on a line. If you simply must use long lines, just know that they are going to break when they arrive at the right side of a mobile phone screen. We can't prevent that.

$2.80

This is NOT a contest. There are no prizes. It’s a creative challenge. We’ll publish every submission that tickles our fancy. And we’ll do that as the submissions roll in. We’re not waiting until after the deadline to publish. When our deadline has come and gone, we’ll repeat the challenge with different sentences.

WHAT TO DO: You MUST USE ONLY ONE of the three sentences below to END your short story or poem. (What you do with the rest of your piece is totally up to you. Be inventive. Be unexpected. Surprise us with your creativity.)

CHOOSE ONLY ONE OPTION BELOW:

EITHER 

USE THIS SENTENCE TO END YOUR STORY OR POEM:

She left squelch-muddy bootprints on the virgin-white carpet.

OR 

USE THIS SENTENCE TO END YOUR STORY OR POEM:

I blasted myself cleanpink and stepped onto the balcony to dry in the wind.

OR

USE THIS SENTENCE TO END YOUR STORY OR POEM:

When the tech unplugged me, I felt a surge of regret.

JUMPSTART CHALLENGES are not contests. There is no prize. We give you a writing prompt and you do something creative with it. We'll publish the best pieces we receive in response. Push the edges, break the rules, be surprising and unexpected. Show us how creative you are.

What to do: 

  1. Read a couple of short stories or poems at Typishly to see what we publish.
  2. Read the JUMPSTART CHALLENGE PROMPT BELOW. 
  3. You do NOT have to use the exact words in the prompt. It's meant as a creative jumpstart.
  4. You DO have to write an original poem or story using the idea in the writing prompt as the core of your piece. (Don't just drop our idea into an old existing story you already have stored on your hard drive. Write something new that uses our prompt as its driver.) 
  5. Submit ONE story - OR - ONE poem in a submission. (It's okay to write an epic, long poem if you like.)
  6. Tell us a bit about yourself. Let us know if you've been published and where. Why do you write?

JUMPSTART CHALLENGE: WRITING PROMPT

A 19-year-old girl is in the airport in Los Angeles at 2 a.m. She pays cash for a one-way flight to Paris. She has no baggage, just a small piece of green paper folded up neatly and hidden inside her left sock.

(HINTS: Who is she? Why is she in the airport? How did she manage to pay cash for the ticket? Why is she going to Paris? What's that hidden piece of paper about? You get the idea. Good luck!)

Ends in 6 days, 12 hours $3.20
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We look forward to sitting around our old harvest table to read and discuss submissions received here in Typishly's Weekend Roundtable Call for Poetry | Short Story.

What to do: 

  1. Read a couple of short stories or poems at Typishly to see what we publish.
  2. 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. Flash fiction is fine. There's a USD$3.75 submission fee.
  3. Tell us a bit about yourself. Let us know if you've been published and where. Why do you write?
$2.80

This is NOT a contest. There are no prizes. It’s a creative challenge. We’ll publish every submission that tickles our fancy. And we’ll do that as the submissions roll in. We’re not waiting until after the deadline to publish. When our deadline has come and gone, we’ll repeat the challenge with different sentences.

WHAT TO DO: You MUST USE ONLY ONE of the three phrases below to BEGIN your short story or poem. (What you do with the rest of your piece is totally up to you. Be inventive. Be unexpected. Surprise us with your creativity.)

CHOOSE ONLY ONE OPTION BELOW:

EITHER 

USE THIS PHRASE TO BEGIN YOUR STORY OR POEM:

Rounding a corner, I spied a 12-foot cardboard woman tilted against a wall.

OR

USE THIS PHRASE TO BEGIN YOUR STORY OR POEM:

Now a ragged breeze as the damp earth breathes.

OR

USE THIS PHRASE TO BEGIN YOUR STORY OR POEM:

The buzzer buzzed and Jasmine pressed a button to admit her visitor.

JUMPSTART CHALLENGES are not contests. There is no prize. We give you a writing prompt and you do something creative with it. We'll publish the best pieces we receive in response. Push the edges, break the rules, be surprising and unexpected. Show us how creative you are.

What to do: 

  1. Read a couple of short stories or poems at Typishly to see what we publish.
  2. Read the JUMPSTART CHALLENGE PROMPT BELOW. 
  3. You do NOT have to use the exact words in the prompt. It's meant as a creative jumpstart.
  4. You DO have to write an original poem or story using the idea in the writing prompt as the core of your piece. (Don't just drop our idea into an old existing story you already have stored on your hard drive. Write something new that uses our prompt as its driver.) 
  5. Submit ONE story - OR - ONE poem in a submission. (It's okay to write an epic, long poem if you like.)
  6. Tell us a bit about yourself. Let us know if you've been published and where. Why do you write?

JUMPSTART CHALLENGE: WRITING PROMPT

A cowboy from 1882 rides over a Montana hill during a lightning storm and emerges, still on his horse, into the rush hour traffic of Manhattan in 2018.

(HINTS: Who is he? What happens in the first few seconds when he arrives in New York City? What happens in the days and weeks that follow? How does the media treat him? You get the idea. Good luck!)

This is NOT a contest. There are no prizes. It’s a creative challenge. We’ll publish every submission that tickles our fancy. And we’ll do that as the submissions roll in. We’re not waiting until after the deadline to publish. When our deadline has come and gone, we’ll repeat the challenge with different words/phrases.

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.

(What you do with the rest of your piece is totally up to you. Be inventive. Be unexpected. Surprise us with your creativity.)

EITHER 

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

beach house     /     two million    /     flip-flops

OR 

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

after dark      /      see-through     /      third husband

OR 

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

name tag    /      flight delay      /      wellness conference

JUMPSTART CHALLENGES are not contests. There is no prize. We give you a writing prompt and you do something creative with it. We'll publish the best pieces we receive in response. Push the edges, break the rules, be surprising and unexpected. Show us how creative you are.

What to do: 

  1. Read a couple of short stories or poems at Typishly to see what we publish.
  2. Read the JUMPSTART CHALLENGE PROMPT BELOW. 
  3. You do NOT have to use the exact words in the prompt. It's meant as a creative jumpstart.
  4. You DO have to write an original poem or story using the idea in the writing prompt as the core of your piece. (Don't just drop our idea into an old existing story you already have stored on your hard drive. Write something new that uses our prompt as its driver.) 
  5. Submit ONE story - OR - ONE poem in a submission. (It's okay to write an epic, long poem if you like.)
  6. Tell us a bit about yourself. Let us know if you've been published and where. Why do you write?

JUMPSTART CHALLENGE: WRITING PROMPT

Two very crowded commuter trains are delayed on side-by-side tracks. The trains are idling only 15 feet apart. In one train, a woman is reading a novel. In the other train, a man watches her read, imagining a shared future, willing her to look up at him.

(HINTS: Who is she? Who is he? What does he imagine in their shared future? Does she ever look up? What happens then? You get the idea. Good luck!)