Typishly is an online literary journal publishing short stories and poetry submitted by established and emerging writers.

It makes no difference to us whether or not you’ve already been published, or how often. In our pages, you’ll find wonderful poems and short stories written by experienced, published writers… and by folks whose work has never appeared anywhere before. 

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.

Our Founding Editor is a Creative Director and writer who has received international awards for creativity and has been encouraging creative people for a couple of decades. Jon reads all submissions, cover letters and bios. He usually responds within a week.


We are always open for your submission.


  • Simply scroll down and click one of our Submit buttons. Click on the ‘More’ tabs for guidelines.
  • Our Short Story and Poetry in-boxes are always open.
  • Our Weekend Roundtable: Call for Poetry | Short Fiction has a weekly Saturday deadline.
  • Our Creative Challenges are writing prompts with three-week deadlines. We refresh them with new prompts as they expire.

We do not accept submissions by email. Your submission might not be published on our website. 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. Before submitting to Typishly read our FAQs and Terms of Use.

No deadline. Always open.

What to do:

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. 

Don't use a lightweight font with thin letters. Regular weight is easier for us to read.

No deadline. Always open.

What to do:

You can submit up to 5 poems at once. If you have more work, you're welcome to make more than one submission. 

Don't submit poems with words scattered artistically all over the page. They do not display properly on smartphones.

Don't use a lightweight font with thin letters. Regular weight is easier for us to read.

Last day to submit: every Saturday (refreshes weekly).

We look forward to sitting around our old harvest table on the weekend to discuss submissions received for the Weekend Roundtable.

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 scattered artistically all over the page. They do not display properly on smartphones.

Don't use a lightweight font with thin letters. Regular weight is easier for us to read.

 

Last day to submit: November 17/18

This is NOT a contest. There are no prizes. It’s a creative challenge. We’ll publish every submission that impresses us with its creativity. And we’ll do that as the submissions roll in. 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 scattered artistically all over the page. They do not display properly on smartphones.

Don't use a lightweight font with thin letters. Regular weight is easier for us to read.

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:
She sat on the pier and watched the sun melt.


OR...

USE THIS SENTENCE TO END YOUR STORY OR POEM:
Six seconds sloppy with possibility, tick tock, gone.


OR...

USE THIS SENTENCE TO END YOUR STORY OR POEM:
Whisper in the elms, soft rain on the roof.

Last day to submit: November 24 /18

This is NOT a contest. There are no prizes. It’s a creative challenge. We’ll publish every submission that impresses us with its creativity. And we’ll do that as the submissions roll in. 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 scattered artistically all over the page. They do not display properly on smartphones.

Don't use a lightweight font with thin letters. Regular weight is easier for us to read.

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:

We rolled down the avenue, sliding from shadow to sun under the palm trees.    

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

She was wearing oversized sunglasses with the cardboard tag still on them.  
 

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

I'd been in LA for a day and a half and I was already wearing a shirt that wasn't mine.  

Last day to submit: December 1/18
 

This is NOT a contest. There are no prizes. It’s a creative challenge. We’ll publish every submission that impresses us with its creativity. And we’ll do that as the submissions roll in. 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 scattered artistically all over the page. They do not display properly on smartphones.

Don't use a lightweight font with thin letters. Regular weight is easier for us to read.


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

ceremony     +      offspring      +      bloodline  


OR CHOOSE...

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

power nap      +     houseplant        +      biscuit    


OR CHOOSE...

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

essential       +       abstract        +       primitive 

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