MacQueen's Quinterly

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Submissions will be open for two weeks, from 16-30 September 2020, for our RESQ Writing Challenge. The entry portal appears at the bottom of this page. 


Projected launch date of Issue 5 is October 25, 2020. 


MacQueen's Quinterly (aka, MacQ) is the 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, our editorial focus remains the same. (More about that below, under "What we're looking for" and "TIP")


Please send us original, unpublished literary works. Appearance on author websites and blogs, as well as on social media and sites such as Facebook and Fictionaut, counts as previous publication. 


Submission files are read "blind" to 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 a unique identifying number to each submission 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 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 

⚡  Poetic hybrids such as haibun and haibun stories, tanka prose and tanka tales, and haiga, taiga, and photo-poems 

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


TIP: As we consider submissions to our journal,  awards such as the Pushcart, The Best Small Fictions, Best Microfiction, and Best of the Net loom over the decisions we make. We look for works that will 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. 


Thanks so much for your interest in MacQ! We look forward to considering your work(s) soon. 

MacQueen's Quinterly