SUBMISSIONS
We’d love to read your work.

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Rock and a Hard Place Magazine is a cross-genre magazine publishing works of fiction that focus on the plight of marginalized, poor, depressed, and desperate.

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What types of stories will you publish?

We want fiction from any genre. We want stories that mix genres. We want stories that don’t acknowledge the existence of genre or categories.

Really, what we want is stories that detail life at the bottom or at the margins of human society. These can be stories about losers who always make the wrong decisions, or they can be stories about people who always make the right decisions but who still can’t get ahead because of the hand they were dealt in life.

You can make it weird. You can make it sad. You can make it dark. Or you can make it just the tiniest bit hopeful.

The title of this magazine is Rock and a Hard Place. We want stories about that situation.

What do you NOT want?

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You know that cousin you have that inherited a bunch of money and who everything goes right for? With the really nice smile and daily life full of cotton candy and shiny, relaxed people with great hair?

We don’t want stories about him or any of his friends.

Also, don’t send us any racist, homophobic, transphobic, or misogynistic shit. If you do, not only will we not accept your piece, but we will mail you actual shit. And document the whole situation very publicly, with an awesome soundtrack.

How long should my story be?

Between 2,000 and 5,000 words, but if it’s a little more or a little less, send it. If it’s good, we’ll publish it. We’re also known to publish photo essays, poetry, visual art, and flash fiction. Our first issue even has a kids’ magazine-style word search, complete with dark sense of humor. We believe in guidelines, not strict rules. If you have an idea or work in a medium outside what’s described here, email us and let’s talk about it.

Are you going to pay me?

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Yes. The exact amount will be determined upon publication based on Rock and a Hard Place’s fundraising efforts, which will be distributed evenly between authors.

Can I submit garbage?

Not literal garbage, no. But if you are a new writer and haven’t got the polishing thing going yet, send it over. If we see a story in there, we’ll try to work with you.

We do however reserve the right to not publish whatever we don’t want to publish. This includes submissions made while we are hangry, and we expect you to know when that is.

How should I submit?

We’ll reveal submissions methods when we open submissions for Issue Two.

Can I submit art?

You sure can. As we mentioned above: If it’s good, we’ll publish it. We’re also known to publish photo essays, poetry, visual art, and flash fiction. Our first issue even has a kids’ magazine-style word search, complete with dark sense of humor. We believe in guidelines, not strict rules. If you have an idea or work in a medium outside what’s described here, email us and let’s talk about it.
We’re paying $15 per piece of visual art.