MacQueen's Quinterly

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


MacQueen's Quinterly is the new name for the journal we published as KYSO Flash from Fall 2014 through Summer 2019.  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")


General submissions for Issue 2 of MacQueen's Quinterly, aka MacQ-2, will be open for only two weeks, from the first of February thru the 14th of February, 2020 (closing on Friday the 14th just before midnight PST).  MacQ-2 is scheduled to launch on 15 March 2020. 


General submissions may close early, depending on number of submissions received and how soon we fill available slots in Issue 2.


For MacQ-2, we're especially interested in prose poems. Also, hybrids (for example, haibun stories and tanka tales).


Please send us original, unpublished literary works.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. 


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)

⚡  CNF, essays, interviews, memoirs, etc.

⚡  *Critical reviews and craft essays (2,000 words max, including author footnotes and references)

⚡  Fables, allegories, and parables, whether light or dark, written for adults

⚡  Hybrids such as haibun, haibun stories, haiga, taiga, tanka prose, and tanka tales

⚡  Ekphrastic works, in every genre we publish: fiction, nonfiction,  lineated and prose poetry, hybrids such as haibun and tanka forms, and  visual arts

⚡  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. 

See our website for complete submission guidelines (including what we're not looking for). 


Basic manuscript formatting for submissions: 

An 11- or 12-point, sans-serif font such as Verdana (no fancy or script fonts, please) 

At least one-inch margins 

Please number pages sequentially. 

Double space prose works, except for prose poems, which may be  single-spaced. Haibun and tanka forms may be single-spaced as well. 

Please submit all other forms of poetry (and/or lineated works) with  line breaks and other formatting as you would prefer the piece(s) to  appear onscreen. 


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

MacQueen's Quinterly