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. 

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

  • 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 submission 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 submission deadline. We will read and respond to your poetry 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.
  • Every week, Typishly sends out a call for our Weekend Roundtable with a Saturday deadline. We look forward to sitting around our old harvest table to read and discuss your poetry or short fiction. We will respond to your submission in less than one week. 
  • Our Creative Challenges are writing prompts with three-week deadlines, always ending on Wednesdays. We refresh them with new challenges as they expire.

Built for writers. Loved by readers.

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 an example.

Our Founding Editor has received international awards for creativity. Jon worked as a Creative Director in Don Draper’s world, pitching his ideas to global companies with famous brands. One client crawled 20 feet on top of a boardroom table to shake his hand. 

Jon says: “I’d love to read your writing. I review every submission (and every writer’s bio). Interacting with creative people is one of the joys of devoting time to Typishly.” 


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.

What to do:  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. 

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.

You can 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.

What to do? Use one of the First Sentence options shown below to begin your short story or poem.

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.

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.

 
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: 

They debarked the boxcar in a burg called Clyde

OR... USE THIS PHRASE TO BEGIN YOUR STORY OR POEM: 

The New York bankers attacked at dawn

OR... USE THIS PHRASE TO BEGIN YOUR STORY OR POEM: 

I admit, what I did was rather unusual 

Every week, Typishly sends out a call for our Weekend Roundtable, with a Saturday deadline. We look forward to sitting around our old harvest table to read and discuss your poetry or short fiction. We will respond to your submission in less than one week.

What to do:
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.

What to do? Use one of the Word Salad threesomes shown below, anywhere in your short story or poem.

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.

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.

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

OR CHOOSE...
OPTION 2: USE ALL 3 OF THESE WORDS/PHRASES IN YOUR SHORT STORY OR POEM (IN ANY ORDER)...
lucky day    +    sleeper train     +     baseball

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

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

What to do? Use one of the Last Sentence options shown below to end your short story or poem.

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. 

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.

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

CHOOSE ONLY ONE OPTION: 

EITHER...  

USE THIS SENTENCE TO END YOUR STORY OR POEM: 

There would be no salvation, no relief, no happy ending.


OR...  USE THIS SENTENCE TO END YOUR STORY OR POEM:

There he goes, here she comes, and so they pass, again.


OR... USE THIS SENTENCE TO END YOUR STORY OR POEM:

A glassy stillness descended on all the land and sea. 

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