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submission guidelines

MISTRESS accepts poetry, creative short fiction, or excerpts from longer fiction for submission. We are currently accepting email submissions ONLY. Authors may submit up to five (5) pieces of poetry and/or two (2) pieces of short fiction per issue. The length of all pieces combined should not exceed 2,000 words or five (5) pages, and compiled into a single file for review. PDF files are preferred, but .doc, .docx, .odt, .rtf, .txt, and .wpt files are also accepted.

We also accept visual work, either as a PDF of titled images or as a video uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. ALL VISUAL SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE TEXTUAL OR POETIC CONTENT. Any videos must be privately published when submitted with an accessible URL/link included in your email. Only five (5) images or one video submission per issue, please.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome as long as you notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere; previously published work will not be considered. Contributors retain all rights, but are asked to acknowledge MISTRESS as first publisher if pieces are published elsewhere.

Email your submission to submit@poemmistress.com with “SUBMISSION” in the subject line. Please include a brief introduction with your files.


Email us at inquiries@poemmistress.com with any questions or concerns.