Short Stories & Essays

Be sure to check the theme for which we are accepting submissions!


***A printable checklist for our submission guidelines can be obtained here.***

Short stories should be no more than 5000 words in length. They can be:

  • Fiction
  • Non-Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction
  • Main Stream
  • Horror
  • Humor
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Young Adult
  • Graphic Stories – up to 6 pages

Essays should be no more than 5000 words in length. They can be:

  • Expository
  • Persuasive/Argumentative
  • Narrative/Descriptive
  • Analytical

We Do Not Accept

  • Stream-of-Consciousness
  • Fan Fiction
  • Erotica
  • Children’s Literature
  • Anything overly religious or political

We also do not accept erotic stream-of-consciousnesses about political or religious children’s literature or any combination thereof.


  • Times New Roman, size 12 font
  • Double-spaced
  • ONE space after closing punctuation
    • Does one space after closing punctuation stress you out? Are you worried it will interfere with your creative flow? For a quick tip on how to change the space after closing punctuation from two spaces to one space, see our tutorial.
  • Email submissions to 
    • Send your submission as an attached Word or PDF document
    • Subject line should read: Submission for (whichever month’s issue you are submitting – January issue, March issue, etc.)
    • The body of the email should include:
      • Author Name
      • One paragraph biography (feel free to make something up.)
      • Best method for contact (email address, phone number, etc.)
      • Title of work
      • Work type (Fiction, Nonfiction, Essay)
      • Word count

Snail Mail: Submissions can also be sent to Pilcrow & Dagger, PO Box 2261, Evans, GA 30809, United States of America. 

Mailed submissions should include:

  • A cover page with the following:
    • The issue you are submitting for
    • Author name
    • One paragraph biography
    • Best method of contact (email address or phone number)
    • Title of work
    • Type of work (fiction, nonfiction, essay, humor etc.)
    • Word count

Please send multiple submissions in separate emails or envelopes.  We love getting mail!!!


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