We publish issues of poetry twice a year and accept only previously unpublished work (including on personal sites or blogs- please remove anything you intend to submit prior to submission).

We welcome simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Submissions should be up to three poems in a single Word document, with each poem beginning on a new page. We are not looking for any specific kind of poetry, but we do aim to give a platform to underrepresented groups in the larger literary community and show preference to Ohioans.

Additionally, we will occasionally publish fiction on our website. We are interested in anything under 3,000 words. 

Upon acceptance, Flypaper Magazine acquires first-time publication rights and the right to reprint in print and electronic formats. Following publication, all other rights revert back to the writer and the work may be reprinted elsewhere (we only ask that you give acknowledgment of its initial publication in Flypaper).

Ever submit a poem you thought was the best thing you've ever written, but then have it denied and wondered why? Or had it accepted and wanted to know what about the poem made it admirable, so you could try and replicate it in future works? 

Wonder no longer! Submit up to 3 poems, each one on a new page, and not only will we get back to you within TWO weeks (a week longer than the other option but only because it may take additional time to give good feedback) but we'll also provide feedback on your work: why it was accepted/rejected, ways to improve, impressions of the work, polite recommendations, etc.

 One piece of fiction, no longer than 3,000 words. We're looking to publish everything from micro fiction to well-crafted short stories.

Accepted poems will be published online at flypapermagazine.com

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please inform us if the piece is accepted elsewhere.

You will hear back from us within a week of submission.

Up to 3 poems, each poem on a new page, with a cover letter and short bio (2-4 sentences) included.

This submission option moves your submission to the top of our reading pile- we try to get back in about a week!

Up to 3 poems, each poem on a new page, with a cover letter and short bio (2-4 sentences) included- feel free to add the bio onto the end of your cover letter. Your cover letter need not be long, but feel free to tell us about to yourself and your poems, we love getting to know the writers we publish!

Note: It may be wise to read through a previous issue to get a feel for what we usually publish, and it would be super rad if you mention a poem you liked in your cover letter.


Also this should go without saying but somehow it has found itself needing to be repeated: There will be absolutely zero tolerance for any racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, ageist, or any other kind of work that is involved in the marginalization or oppression of any group.

FPM is 100% committed to changing the culture in publishing and is especially interested in work from POC, queer, non-binary, women, neurodivergent, and other underrepresented groups in the literary world. FPM also loves receiving submissions from poets with some relation to Ohio.

Also: we occaisionally solicit reviews, essays, or stories for the website, IF WE HAVE SOLICITED your work in one of these categories- this is the place to submit those as well.

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