If you are looking for information regarding our Story Prize and anthology competition, please go to our anthology page, which can be found here:

***Please closely and carefully read all of the information that follows before submitting your work. Doing so will prevent your work from being declined for not following the guidelines. **


Unless otherwise noted, during general submission calls we accept:

fiction and creative nonfiction micros of 50 – 250 words (maximum of three at once) (please indicate in your submission email if your piece is fiction or CNF)

flash fiction and creative nonfiction of 251-700 words (maximum of two at once) (please indicate in your submission email if your piece is fiction or CNF)

poems up to 60 lines (maximum of two at once).

Please do not mix submission types. I.e. your submission should be only micros or only flash fiction or only poetry. For example, please do not send us a micro and a poem together or a flash fiction and a micro. Pick one form and stick with that.

If your work has been accepted and published by us, please allow two general submission cycles to pass before submitting again. This is to allow for a variety of voices and styles.

Regarding what we look for, we are open to most possibilities. The editors have a wide variety of tastes and affinities. We like dirty realism, magic realism, genre fiction, literary fiction, etc. Sorry, no children’s lit or erotica.

The most important thing is that your piece shows mastery of craft, whether it be a micro, flash, or poem. How you, the writer, manage to do that, in a way that sets your work apart from so many others, is what matters.

Submissions should be previously unpublished (never published in print or online, including a personal blog) and in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format ONLY. We do not accept audio or video files.

Submissions should be in a common, legible 12pt font, such as Times New Roman or Arial. PLEASE DOUBLE-SPACE YOUR DOCUMENT. Please put a word count in the header for micro and flash and a line count in the header for poetry.

Your file name should be the title of your story or poem, not ‘Janus submission’ or ‘Januspoem’ or similar. If sending more than story or poem, please submit each of them in their own, separate document.

In most instances, entries will be read blind. Your name SHOULD NOT appear anywhere on the document or in your file name or your story or poem will not be considered. Sometimes we will run surprise submission calls, where entries must be submitted within a specified timeframe in a 24-hour period. In those cases, we won’t always read blind. We will be clear about that at the time of the submission call.

Our submissions are open to all writers of all identities, 18 years of age and older. You need not have been previously published.

We don’t mind gritty literature, but PLEASE no racism, sexism, homophobia or religious hatred. If sex factors into your story in any way, it must be relevant to the story. No rape, incest, pedophilia, bestiality, or necrophilia glorification. We’d hope this all goes without saying, but here it is anyway, in writing.

Authors will retain all rights and copyright to their works. Janus Literary requests one-time, non-exclusive rights to publish your work.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us immediately if your story has been accepted elsewhere.

International submissions welcome. All work must be in English.

We are not currently a paying venue. We hope that may change in future.

Thank you for your interest in our literary journal. If you submit your work to us, we will treat it with care.

As of July 2021, our publication schedule has changed. The new schedule is as follows:

March – submissions open for a week in January
June – submissions open for a week in April
September – submissions open for a week in July
December – submissions open for a week in October

(As of August 2021, both our September and December issues are full. Future accepted submissions will be published in 2022.)


Submissions are made via email. Please send your work as an attachment (in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format) to this email address: januslitsubmission at gmail dot com. SENDING YOUR WORK TO THE PROPER EMAIL ADDRESS ENSURES IT REMAINS BLIND TO THE EDITORS. If you send it to the wrong email address (i.e. our main email address: janusliterary fic at gmail dot com), your work will be automatically declined and unread. Do double-check that you are using the correct email address.

Before submitting, please familiarize yourself with all guidelines/rules and the privacy policy. Submitting your work to Janus Literary is taken as your full agreement with these guidelines/rules.