MacQueen's Quinterly

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Intro note, 18 October 2021: 

Issue 11 of MacQueen's Quinterly (aka MacQ-11) is scheduled to launch no later than New Year's Day 2022.  

We will offer two brief reading periods for MacQ-11: 

1. The first, for general submissions, is scheduled to open on 13 November 2021 and close on 19 November  (a window of seven days). 

2. The second reading period is for MacQ's "Triple-Q" Writing Challenge, which will open on 22 November 2021 and close on 5 December 2021 (i.e., 14 days). 

The "Triple-Q" Challenge involves a list of "Q" words chosen by our publisher, Clare MacQueen, and will award $200 (USD) to one Winner, plus publication in MacQ-11. 

And, depending on the number and quality of entries received, we also aim to publish at least a dozen "Triple-Q" finalists in Issue 11. Please visit the MacQ website for full details


About MacQ: 

MacQueen's Quinterly 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 at MacQ 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Please send us original, unpublished literary works.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 "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 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, book reviews*  

⚡  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 


* Critical essays and reviews, as well as interviews, may be no longer than 2,000 words max, including the title and any epigraphs. (We do prefer to publish author-provided footnotes and supplemental resource notes, but we don't add them to the total word count.) 


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 seeing your work(s) soon. 


MacQueen's Quinterly