Mandatory Guidelines 

  • You must include a brief, third person biography in your cover letter and at the foot of your submission
  • Please state whether or not your submission is fiction or nonfiction 
  • Proofread and edit your work extensively 
  • Minimum amount of words can be 200, the maximum can be 2,000 (soft word count) 
  • Submissions must be sent in Microsoft Office .doc or .docx files, NOT PDF
  • Please adhere to MLA formatting
  • Preferred font is Times New Roman, 12 point size 
  • We are closed to poetry
  • Any submissions sent over our Gmail account will be deleted at once 
  • Please note: we retain first electronic rights and non-exclusive rights and should be credited thus 

Ends on August 11, 2017
From July 21st to August 11th, we're holding a special issue dedicated to tiny folktales told in vignette form or told in six words or less.

What are we looking for?
Unique folktales told in short form. Submitters can either send in stories told in six words or a vignette that ranges between our soft word count of 200-400 words. 

What kind of folktales?
Think Grimm's Fairy Tales, and L'Morte d'Arthur. We're especially wanting folktales told through the lens of contemporary culture (think like Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Lauren Groff's Arcadia). 

What don't you want?
Please, please respect the mandated word count. Again, this is a tiny folktale issue with a limited timeline. We're expecting to open the issue Monday, July 24th (or sooner) and close it Friday, August 11th. Save your longer work for upcoming issues. 

Is there anything else?
Nope! Happy submitting! 

"It is happening again." 
--The Giant, Twin Peaks 

It's time to return to a place both wonderful and strange. With the arrival of Twin Peaks: The Return over at Showtime this summer, we're starting a special, ongoing series dedicated to David Lynch's subversive television masterpiece. 

UPDATE (07/6/17):

What we're looking for: 

Art (Fan Art, Photographs) 
Fan Fiction 
Memories + Anecdotes 

Essays and fan fiction should be a minimum of 300 words, and soft maximum of 2,000 words
Memories + Anecdotes should be between 200-300 words (hard limit). 
Art should be sent in either GIF, PNG, or JPEG high resolution file (if possible).

Any questions should be emailed to our Gmail account (chicagoliterati). 

Happy submitting!  

We're reopened submissions for our special series, THE DAILY FLASH!

Submissions must be a minimum of 200 words and must not exceed 800 words. We do not take micro-fiction (e.g., "for sale: baby shoes, never worn"). Please follow MLA formatting and proofread your work prior to submitting. 

Best of all, THE DAILY FLASH doubles as a tax deductible donation to us! Your $5 donation will help keep us afloat! 

Please consider donating to Chicago Literati today. Your donation is tax deductible and will help us pay writers, provide literacy and creative writing programs in urban areas, and much, much more. With just $5 you can help us grow. Donate today.