Submission Guidelines

Reading Periods are now closed.  

Check back with us later in 2022 for announcements about our next open reading periods.
Please read our guidelines below for email options outside of our regular reading periods

We accept submissions only through Submittable. Beginning in 2022, we will be asking for a $3 submission fee. This is not a reading fee; rather, the money we receive through submissions will be used only to help pay for our web services and Submittable services. 

Our emphasis is on amplifying the diverse voices and creativity of the Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing excellent writing that does not rely on clich├ęs and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the many layers and complexities of the region. The writing you submit does not have to be about Appalachia: We also want to feature work that is written by authors with connections to the regionWe encourage established, unpublished, and emerging writers over the age of 18 to submit their best work to Still. 

We especially encourage submissions from historically underrepresented voices - BIPOC, members of the LGBTQIA community and persons of all abilities. 

We don't mind if your submission is simultaneous as long as you withdraw your piece right away if it's accepted elsewhere. We will be happy for you! Use the "Withdraw" function in Submittable to withdraw work. If you need to withdraw a single poem, you can use the "Message" function in Submittable.

We are not able to pay our contributors, but we nominate work regularly to annual prizes, and we will help advertise your work on social media. Our contributors have been featured in Best of the Net and in The Best Small Fictions.

We appreciate writing grounded in craft as well as experience. We are moved by lyrical writing that is compelling, distinctive, accessible, and finely written. We also like the wild and fragmented, the snapshot, the unforeseen. As a purely editorial decision, we don't consider trite, light verse, genre fiction, critical analyses, inspirational or motivational advice, erotica, pornography, or any writing that purposefully exploits or demeans or enables hatred and bigotry. We reserve the right to remove pieces from our archives.

We don't consider previously published work, including work that has been uploaded to social media or personal websites. Please do not submit any work that has been previously published unless invited to do so.

Please submit only in one genre per reading period. If you have been published in Still before, please wait until one year has passed from that publication date before sending us work again. 

We will consider one work of fiction (up to 6,500 words) or one flash or micro fiction work (no more than 1,000 words). We will consider one work of creative nonfiction (up to 6,500 words) or one flash or micro creative nonfiction work (no more than 1,000 words.) Please double space all fiction and creative nonfiction. We will consider one to five poems (submitted as one document). Poems can be any length, form, style. Poems can be single spaced. 

The title of your submission and the title of your uploaded file should include your name and genre, (e.g. Jane Writer Poetry). 

In the "Cover Letter" section, please include a short sentence that explains your connection to the Appalachian region. Please also include a short biography (100-200 words). You can include your publications, but please list no more than four journals where your work has appeared. Book titles should include the publisher and year of publication. You can include literary awards and prizes. Include links to your work or website (if applicable) and your Twitter handle (if applicable).

We try to respond to contributors within three months. Please do not query until three months have passed.

Still: The Journal acquires First Electronic Rights and Non-exclusive Archival Rights. Upon publication, all other rights revert to the author. Please credit Still: The Journal as first publisher if you reprint elsewhere; we like seeing our name in print, too. Still reserves the right to reprint work at a later date if we have the opportunity to occasionally make a print anthology and want to include your work. 

If you are interested in pitching a book review, an interview, artwork, collaborations, or a Still Life feature, please contact us by email at


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