MacQueen's Quinterly

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Updated: 26 July 2023 

Special Call for no-fee submissions of specific short-form poetic hybrids, opening on the first of August 2023 and closing either on Sunday, 6 August at 11:00 PM EST, or as soon as the submission cap has been reached, whichever occurs earlier. 

For Issues 19 and 20, MacQ publisher Clare MacQueen needs nontraditional writing in these forms, in order of preference: (1) haibun and haibun stories, (2) cheribun and cheribun stories, and (3) tanka tales. 

To reiterate, Clare is looking for unconventional, short-form, hybrid poetic works (no journalistic travelogues, please). 

Serious themes are welcome, as well as humorous and quirky. 

For general guidelines about these short forms, please see MacQ's Ongoing Call for Cheribun and Haibun Stories, and Tanka Tales

Issue 19 is scheduled to launch online no later than 16 August 2023, and Issue 20 no later than 16 September. 


Submissions for ekphrastic prose poems and/or flash fictions for The Memory Palace, to be published by The Ekphrastic Review, opened at the end of March, and will close on the first of September, 2023. 

For details, please see "Be Part of Our First Print Anthology." 


About MacQ: 

MacQueen's Quinterly is the updated name for the journal we published as KYSO Flash from Fall 2014 through Summer 2019, for a total of 12 issues.  Beyond the new name and a more frequent publication schedule, five times per year and only published online, our editorial focus at MacQ remains the same. (More about that below, under "What we're looking for" and "TIP")

Please send us previously uncurated literary works. That is, those which have not appeared in any curated collection, whether in print or online—such as anthologies, books, chapbooks, journals, magazines, newspapers, etc. 

(For more about the term "previously uncurated," see the essay by Rattle editor Timothy Green in Lit Mag News, 16 March 2023: "Uncurated: The Case for a New Term of Art.") 

MacQ publishes a small percentage of reprints (aka previously curated works), which Clare MacQueen solicits directly from authors and artists. 

General submission files are read "anonymously" to help ensure impartiality, and thus should NOT include author's name, contact info, and bio. Many thanks for entering  those details in the appropriate boxes provided by Submittable. (By the way, Submittable keeps track of everything by assigning an identification number to each submission file we receive.) 

What we're looking for: 

Polished, evocative literary works that balance “music and meaning”  (to borrow from poet Richard Hugo) within a max of 1,000 words* (including the title and any epigraphs and author footnotes), and using forms and genres such as these: 

⚡  Prose poems 

⚡  Micro-fiction (up to 500 words each) 

⚡  Flash fiction (501–1,000 words per piece) 

⚡  Nonfiction such as CNF, essays, memoirs, book reviews: 

* Critical and/or scholarly essays, interviews, reviews, and NaB essays (i.e., Nuts-and-Bolts, on the subject of writing or on the creation of hybrid artworks such as haiga) may be no longer than 5,000 words each, including title, quotations, footnotes, and any epigraphs. Note: MacQ's publisher strongly prefers to include author-provided footnotes and supplemental resource notes in order to attribute sources properly. 

⚡  Poetic hybrids such as cheribun and cheribun stories, haibun and haibun stories, tanka prose and tanka tales, and chaiga, haiga, taiga, and photo-poems (aka shahai) 

⚡  Poetry, both free verse and formal, that travels the middle way  between transparency and obscurity; i.e., accessible but with a measure  of mystery 

⚡  Ekphrastic works, in every genre MacQ publishes: fiction, nonfiction, lineated and prose  poetry, hybrids such as cheribun, haibun, and tanka forms, AND visual arts (such as haiga, etc.):  

For specifics on the type of ekphrasis that MacQ is looking for, please see this essay by Jack Cooper and Clare MacQueen: Ephective Ekphrastics: A Guide to Verbalizing Art.
Robert L. Dean, Jr. also offers some excellent  recommendations on ekphrastic writing, in his NaB essay published in MacQ-13 (May 2022): Finding the Door: One Writer’s Approach to Ekphrasis

TIP: While considering submissions to MacQ, awards such as the Pushcart Prize, Best Microfiction, Best of the Net, The Best Small Fictions, Best Spiritual Literature (formerly the Orison Anthology), the Red Moon Anthologies, and The Touchstone Awards for Individual Haibun loom over the decisions that Clare MacQueen makes. She continues to be guided by the philosophy described so beautifully by poet Jack Cooper, who was her co-editor at KYSO Flash

“We look for works that knock our socks off, that is, prize-worthy material. Regardless of the genre, we cherish a unique voice, fresh language, and the sly use of literary devices such as metaphor and irony. We hope to be side-swiped, poked in the ribs, and otherwise smitten by an arresting idea, a compelling narrative, an exquisite lyric, or a moving account, all of which thread the perfect line between the personal and the universal.” 

(More info is available in the Submission Guidelines at the MacQ website.) 

Thanks so much for your interest in MacQueen's Quinterly!  We look forward to seeing your works. 

MacQueen's Quinterly