Submission Guidelines

Fishbowl Press is an online lit mag based out of Germany that publishes both poetry and fiction by emerging and established writers. We know firsthand how difficult it can be to get your foot in the door and would love to help writers get their start!

If you’re a poet reading this, you’ve come to the wrong place. But don’t worry! Just follow this link to our poetry submission guidelines and you’ll find everything you need to submit your work.

Send us up to three pieces of fiction, (max. 3,000 words, though we’ll make exceptions if it’s a real doozy) in a Word document (.doc or .docx) or PDF for consideration. We want fiction that rattles the confines of tradition and attempts to shatter convention–but, most importantly, we want work that provokes thought and challenges our world-view.

Let the work sing, but make sure it sings something substantial.

We’re particularly interested in pieces that reflect a novel use of language and push limits. And, more specifically, specifically work that come from a “fishbowl perspective”–outside looking in. (See what we did there?) It should reflect the good. The bad. The ugly. The weird. The whatever. Just make sure it has intent.

We appreciate all kinds of styles, but we don’t really publish genre fiction (science-fiction, fantasy, etc.), though we can definitely be convinced. Also, we admittedly have a soft-spot for magic-realism.

Pick apart the world and send us its viscera. We’d love to publish what’s left of it.

We prefer unpublished pieces, but it’s not a big deal if they’ve been published before. Just let us know which beautiful bastards to credit for putting it out before we had the privilege of doing so. And, naturally, you hold the rights to reprint–we’re not fucking fascists, after all.

Send us a bio and picture if you want. Or don’t. That’s up to you. And if you have any work you want us to plug, just let us know before we put the damn thing up and we’ll be more than happy to accommodate you.

We promise to give you the star treatment–as in we’ll ensure that your story remains suspended in the infinite cold cosmic plane of the Worldwide Web long after you’ve kicked the bucket.

Average response time is up to a week, but sometimes shit gets hectic. So if you don’t hear anything back within a week, just send us a reminder to get off our lazy asses.

Email your submission to our Fiction Editor, Josh Rodriguez: