Now Paying $15 for Short Stories!


We can't wait to see your masterpiece!  We're  looking for writing and art that is unexpected, striking, and moving.  We accept short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art, and graphic fiction from debut and emerging writers and artists worldwide. 


There is no fee to submit. Submit works not published elsewhere. We accept simultaneous submissions, but if your work is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw your submission via Submittable. We currently do NOT accept submissions from creators under 18. When you sign up for Submittable, enter your name as you'd like it to appear if published.

Submit up to 10 works of art at a time in a single submission. We review all art, including digital, drawing, painting, photography, and mixed media. 

By submitting your work(s), you agree:

  • The work(s) submitted to 805 is original, of your composition, and as of this date unpublished (we do not count publication on your personal website or personal social media).
  • You give 805 permission to publish your work on our website, social media, and archive and acknowledge the work will remain indefinitely on 805’s website, social media, and archive unless you request removal.
  • You give 805 permission to use the work and your name in promotional materials including but not limited to print and digital adds, bookmarks, posters, flyers, business cards, and email blasts.
  • You acknowledge 805 does not monetarily compensate contributors for work in this category.
  • You agree to any and all editorial alterations and abridgments including, but not limited to, re-formatting, grammatical corrections, and cropping. Editors will ask you for permission to make changes beyond minor corrections.
  • You give permission for 805 to nominate your work to literary and arts awards/prizes/anthologies and acknowledge that possible nominations may result in your work being published by awards committees and organizations and subject to their publication requirements, which are not established within this agreement.
  • If your work is published elsewhere after publication in 805, you will cite 805 as the first publisher.

Submit up to 2 works of creative nonfiction, max 2,500 words each.

By submitting your work(s), you agree:

  • The work(s) submitted to 805 is original, of your composition, and as of this date unpublished (we do not count publication on your personal website or personal social media).
  • You give 805 permission to publish your work on our website, social media, and archive and acknowledge the work will remain indefinitely on 805’s website, social media, and archive unless you request removal.
  • You give 805 permission to use the work and your name in promotional materials including but not limited to print and digital adds, bookmarks, posters, flyers, business cards, and email blasts.
  • You acknowledge 805 does not monetarily compensate contributors for work in this category.
  • You agree to any and all editorial alterations and abridgments including, but not limited to, re-formatting, grammatical corrections, and cropping. Editors will ask you for permission to make changes beyond minor corrections.
  • You give permission for 805 to nominate your work to literary and arts awards/prizes/anthologies and acknowledge that possible nominations may result in your work being published by awards committees and organizations and subject to their publication requirements, which are not established within this agreement.
  • If your work is published elsewhere after publication in 805, you will cite 805 as the first publisher.

Want to show off your home library and write about the books you turn to during tough times? We invite you to write a short essay or poem for 805's “My Home Library” blog that features people enjoying their home libraries during the Covid-19 pandemic.  We hope this blog series will help people show off their home libraries, find comfort in books, and feel a connection to the library during this difficult time.

Please note:

· Your home library is not limited to books- you can write about your movies, albums, video games, or your virtual library on your e-reader.

· Please include 1-5 photos of your library including close-ups of books. 

· Essays can be up to 500 words. Poems can be any length and style.


Writer’s Block? Write about:

· Your favorite book covers

· Your favorite lines from a book

· You favorite book in a series and why

· Books you received as gifts

· Books you keep meaning to read but never do

· Books that helped you during a tough time in your life

· What you’re reading now as you shelter in place


Publishing Terms

· Submitting does not guarantee publication.

· By submitting, you give us permission to publish your words, photos, and bio on 805’s website and social media. Your own your words and photos and can repost them anywhere you’d like.

Submit up to 3 poems at a time in a single submission. Poems can be submitted in one document or in multiple documents.

By submitting your work(s), you agree:

  • The work(s) submitted to 805 is original, of your composition, and as of this date unpublished (we do not count publication on your personal website or personal social media).
  • You give 805 permission to publish your work on our website, social media, and archive and acknowledge the work will remain indefinitely on 805’s website, social media, and archive unless you request removal.
  • You give 805 permission to use the work and your name in promotional materials including but not limited to print and digital adds, bookmarks, posters, flyers, business cards, and email blasts.
  • You acknowledge 805 does not monetarily compensate contributors for work in this category.
  • You agree to any and all editorial alterations and abridgments including, but not limited to, re-formatting, grammatical corrections, and cropping. Editors will ask you for permission to make changes beyond minor corrections.
  • You give permission for 805 to nominate your work to literary and arts awards/prizes/anthologies and acknowledge that possible nominations may result in your work being published by awards committees and organizations and subject to their publication requirements, which are not established within this agreement.
  • If your work is published elsewhere after publication in 805, you will cite 805 as the first publisher.

Submit up to 2 works of flash fiction (750 words or less) in the same submission. If your story is more than 751 words, please use the Short Fiction form instead.

By submitting your work(s), you agree:

  • The work(s) submitted to 805 is original, of your composition, and as of this date unpublished (we do not count publication on your personal website or personal social media).
  • You give 805 permission to publish your work on our website, social media, and archive and acknowledge the work will remain indefinitely on 805’s website, social media, and archive unless you request removal.
  • You give 805 permission to use the work and your name in promotional materials including but not limited to print and digital adds, bookmarks, posters, flyers, business cards, and email blasts.
  • You acknowledge 805 does not monetarily compensate contributors for work in this category.
  • You agree to any and all editorial alterations and abridgments including, but not limited to, re-formatting, grammatical corrections, and cropping. Editors will ask you for permission to make changes beyond minor corrections.
  • You give permission for 805 to nominate your work to literary and arts awards/prizes/anthologies and acknowledge that possible nominations may result in your work being published by awards committees and organizations and subject to their publication requirements, which are not established within this agreement.
  • If your work is published elsewhere after publication in 805, you will cite 805 as the first publisher.

Submit 1 work of short fiction 751-2,500 words. If your story is less than 751 words, please use the Flash Fiction form instead.

By submitting your work(s), you agree:

  • The work(s) submitted to 805 is original, of your composition, and as of this date unpublished (we do not count publication on your personal website or personal social media).
  • You give 805 permission to publish your work on our website, social media, and archive and acknowledge the work will remain indefinitely on 805’s website, social media, and archive unless you request removal.
  • You give 805 permission to use the work and your name in promotional materials including but not limited to print and digital adds, bookmarks, posters, flyers, business cards, and email blasts.
  • You agree to any and all editorial alterations and abridgments including, but not limited to, re-formatting, grammatical corrections, and cropping. Editors will ask you for permission to make changes beyond minor corrections.
  • You give permission for 805 to nominate your work to literary and arts awards/prizes/anthologies and acknowledge that possible nominations may result in your work being published by awards committees and organizations and subject to their publication requirements, which are not established within this agreement.
  • If your work is published elsewhere after publication in 805, you will cite 805 as the first publisher.
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