Calling the zany, the thought-provoking, the humorous, and the quirky—we want to read your writing! The Offbeat, a literary journal specializing in undisputedly unique works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and sequential art, is accepting submissions. We cater to the bizarre, the whimsical, and the outlandish. Show us writing that falls off the beaten path in an intriguing way!

We ask for different. We DO NOT mean unnecessarily explicit content produced purely for the purpose of being shocking. We are interested in quality. No matter where you come from or what you do, we want to hear from you!

NOTE: Our submission pile is growing larger (and that's great!) and you may not hear back from us for several months, especially on submissions sent after spring 2017. Thank you for your patience.

General Guidelines:
Up to 3 poems or flash fictions (under 1000 words each) may be submitted. Sequential art should not exceed 10 pages. All other pieces should be limited to 4,000 words. Authors may submit to each category only once at a time but to as many categories as desired.

Simultaneous submissions will be accepted under the condition that you will immediately inform us if your work is being published elsewhere.

Upon acceptance of your submission, you have granted The Offbeat first publication rights of your piece.

All short story submissions should remain within 4,000 words. You may submit up to three flash fiction pieces of under 1000 words each in one file. Files containing more than one flash piece must include all individual titles in the title of the submission.
Up to 3 poems may be submitted. Files containing more than one poem must include all individual titles in the title of the submission.

All creative nonfiction submissions should remain within 4,000 words.
Sequential art should not exceed 10 pages.
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