Photo credit: Klaus M on Flickr
Submissions Open May 5-August 19, 2022
Book of Matches welcomes unsolicited work. We will consider only work that has not been published in print or appeared online previously in English. We accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you notify us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere; send a new message using your original submission to email@example.com
We currently accept submissions here: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently accepting submissions for the relevant genres listed below.
Please wait until you've heard from us regarding a submission before submitting additional work.
Book of Matches publishes three issues per year.
ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE IN THE EMAIL SUBJECT LINE ONLY THE FOLLOWING: AUTHOR'S LAST NAME: GENRE (By way of example - Tingle: Poetry).
INCLUDE IN THE BODY OF YOUR EMAIL A WORD COUNT FOR ALL PROSE SUBMISSIONS.
ALSO, PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR PREFERRED EMAIL CONTACT ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL.
Please do NOT include any additional identifying information in your email. Please
do not include a bio.
YOU MAY SUBMIT NO MORE THAN ONCE A SUBMISSION PERIOD IN ANY GIVEN GENRE. Additional submissions will be left unread in the event that more than one is sent to us in a single submission period.
Please note: If previously published in Book of Matches, please do not submit to the issue immediately following the one you were published in. For example, if you are published in Issue 1, please wait until Issue 3 to submit again.
We accept poetry submissions online here: email@example.com. Send no more than either three poems or six pages in Times New Roman 12-point font in a single document (.doc or .docx only please). PDFs will not be read.
Fiction and Nonfiction
We accept prose submissions online here: firstname.lastname@example.org
For prose, submit one story or essay. (You may submit both a story and an essay if you wish; please submit them separately.) We rarely publish work that is longer than 2,100 words, though we will consider it if it really makes us tingle. We do consider both micro fiction and micro creative-nonfiction (100-500 words). All submissions are to be either .doc or .docx only please. PDFs will not be read.
We accept submissions of translations in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry online here: email@example.com.
Please submit only one translated story, essay, or poem set at a time. We request that each translation is accompanied by a statement indicating that the English translation rights are available as well as a copy of the original text.
ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE IN THE EMAIL SUBJECT LINE ONLY THE FOLLOWING: AUTHOR'S LAST NAME: GENRE (By way of example - Tingle: Poetry). INCLUDE IN THE BODY OF YOUR EMAIL A WORD COUNT FOR ALL PROSE SUBMISSIONS. ALSO, PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR PREFERRED EMAIL CONTACT ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL.
Book of Matches is currently a non-paying journal; however, we do not charge for submissions.
*Book of Matches holds exclusive first serial rights in English to publish your work in our literary journal in print, online, and/or electronic versions, as well as promotional, nonexclusive anthology and archival rights. All applicable rights revert back to you following publication, and at all times you retain the copyright to your work.*
Book of Matches reserves the right to refuse retroactive removal of content from issues after publication.