Guidelines

Potato Soup is a literary journal committed to publishing the best in short fiction and nonfiction. We accept only original work that has not been previously published. We do take simultaneous submissions, but let us know if your work has been accepted somewhere else.  We encourage both emerging writers and established authors to send in their work. While we would love to pay our writers, we can only offer publishing credit.  Only one submission per category per annual quarter, please.

We Accept

Fiction – should be a complete story, up to 3,500 words (no excerpts)

Flash Fiction – should be a complete story, up to 1,000 words

Ten Word Stories – should be a complete story, exactly 10 words (limit 2 per submission) Example: He woke. She had left. The note read: Dear John... (No more submissions accepted in this category through July 30, 2019)

Nonfiction, essay or memoir – up to 2,000 words

Story by Prompts – up to 1,000 words (Visit our prompt page for current prompts and deadlines)

We do not publish fan fiction or erotica, and will not consider any submission that degrades or demeans anyone. Don’t send us work that is racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic… you get the idea. No one likes a hater.

Manuscript Format

Submissions are accepted in electronic format only. Please send your story to: submissions@potatosoupjournal.com

  • Manuscripts must be in 12-point type, Times New Roman, and double-spaced.
  • Put SUBMISSION in the subject line of your email, plus the type of submission and title. I.e. Submission-Flash Fiction-Title or Submission-Memoir-Title.
  • Your email submission should contain:
    • Your name
    • Story title
    • Full manuscript pasted into the body of the email - emails with attachments will be deleted unread
    • Brief bio (optional) written in the third person
  • Please proofread and spellcheck your work before submitting.

We read every submission so please give us time to review your work. We respond to everyone, and you can expect a response in two to four weeks. If two months go by and you haven’t heard back, feel free to inquire further at submissions@potatosoupjournal.com.

The Legal Stuff

We reserve first printing rights, including publication in Potato Soup in both printed, web and ebook formats, and the right to excerpt portions of an accepted work online in order to promote you, your work, and our anthologies. The copyright for work published by Potato Soup is always held by its authors. If we publish your work on the website, we reserve first North American electronic publication rights and the right to keep it here in our archives indefinitely. All other rights remain property of the author. If you want to reprint any work that originally appeared in Potato Soup, we ask that you credit the author and the publication.

Submit Your Manuscript

By submitting your story, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the publication terms described above.

Send your story to: submissions@potatosoupjournal.com