Flock publishes 2 issues per year. A general issue in the spring and a theme issue in the fall.
- Submissions are open for our spring 2019 issue (a non-themed, general issue) from September 1-November 30, 2018.
- Submissions will be open for our next theme issue, Kith & Kin, from March 1-May 31, 2019.
- We are open for Artwork and Haiku Reviews year-round.
We can only consider works submitted through our submission manager.
Simultaneous submissions: We accept simultaneous submissions. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw it from submittable and let us know.
Typography: We do not have strict guidelines on how you format your work so long as it is comfortably readable. Times New Roman, 12 point font is an acceptable go-to.
Response time: We are honored to receive your work, and try diligently to respond within a 4 month period. After that time, you are welcome to query firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
We are eager to read your short prose, flash prose, excerpts, and any other form you wish to send our way. We don't currently have a strict cap on the number of pages, but it is uncommon for us to accept work that is over 20 (double-spaced) pages. Multiple submissions: we will review no more than 2 works of prose by an author at a time; please wait to submit more until after you have received a reply regarding your current submissions.
Submit up to five previously unpublished poems, and/or prose poems in one file. No book-length poems. We are eager to receive your poetry of all and varied forms and styles.
Short graphic literature is considered for publication on our blog/online magazine. We don't have a strict cap on number of pages, but it is uncommon for us to accept graphic literature over 20 pages in length.
N.B.: We are eager to receive your work in color to be considered for our cover; as well as black and white images for the inside of our print issues.
We accept artwork of all kinds, including paintings, photographs, digital and mixed media art, etc. See our back issues to get a sense of our aesthetic.
Please include up to fifteen images, preferably in one submission either as multiple image files or 1 PDF or zip file (in the case of a PDF submission, we will need high resolution image files upon acceptance). We ask that artists send a specific set of images that they feel will cohere well within a literary journal and represent their artistic vision.
We are not currently open for novella submissions.
Novellas should range between 15K-40K words and graphic novellas should range between 30-75 facing pages. These should be submitted in their respective categories on submittable.
The Gypsy Sachet Award in Letters & Autobiography
With this unique award, Flock recognizes particularly creative, beautiful, funny, and poetic cover letters & biographies sent to us along with submissions. Gypsy Sachet Award winners are published on our online magazine. All submission cover letters & bios are considered for the award (no extra submission is needed) though authors and artists are welcome to opt-out. Please note that winning the Gypsy Sachet Award does not imply acceptance or rejection of the main submission.
Flock is a print journal. We request first-time worldwide print and online rights; nonexclusive reprint/anthology rights (including the right to republish stories on the web); and rights to use excerpts in our promotional materials. All other rights revert back to the author upon publication. If the work is republished, we ask that Flock is noted as the first place of publication.
We regret that we are currently a non-paying market. We offer a contributor discount at the time of publication.
*Haikus that are not book reviews can be submitted in the regular poetry category.
Color artwork will be considered for cover art. Black and white artwork will be considered for cover and interior art.
We review artwork for our general issues and theme issues year-round. To see what theme issues are planned, review the general guidelines a the top of the page.
Short graphic literature is considered for publication on our blog/online magazine. Black and white graphic literature will occasionally be considered for print. We don't have a strict cap on number of pages, but it is unlikely we will accept graphic literature over twenty-five pages in length.
- Artworks which include text should be submitted into the artwork category.
- Fiction or poetry which include any artwork should be submitted in the fiction or poetry categories, respectively. Please note that our print issues are black and white.
- Please note that it is unlikely we will accept work submitted into the artwork or graphic literature category that merely attaches an image to a poem or text.