MacQueen's Quinterly

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

From 23 July 2022 thru 21 August 2022: 

Submissions are open for an ekphrastic writing challenge, "The Question of Questions." 

Details and guidelines available at the MacQ website

Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to access the submission categories.


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Opened on 14 August 2022: 

"No-Fee" Submissions of Prose Poems and Flash Fictions. 

NOTE: This call for submissions is separate from and not related to the Ekphrastic Challenge above. 

This special call will close either just before midnight EST on Sunday, 21 August 2022, or as soon as the quota of 50 "no-fee" submissions has been reached, whichever occurs earlier. 

For complete details, please scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on the guidelines for this submission category. 


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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, 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Please send us original, unpublished literary works.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. 

MacQ publishes a small percentage of reprints, which our publisher Clare MacQueen solicits directly from authors and artists. 


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 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*  

⚡  Poetic hybrids such as cheribun, haibun and haibun stories, tanka prose and tanka tales, and chaiga, 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, craft essays, interviews, and reviews may be no longer than 5,000 words each, including the title, 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. 


TIP: As we consider submissions to our journal,  awards such as the Pushcart Prize, Best Microfiction, Best of the Net, The Best Small Fictions, Best Spiritual Literature (formerly the Orison Anthology), and the Red Moon Anthologies loom over the decisions we make. We look for writing 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). 


MacQueen's Quinterly