Fiction Submission Guidelines

Please note: Fiction submissions close on May 31, 2024. They will reopen later in the summer.

Identity Theory is a decades-old online magazine that publishes literary fiction from up-and-coming and established writers.

We put our value to you by carefully reading every submission, replying with constructive comments when possible, and publishing the very best material we receive, posted promptly and viewed by thousands of readers every week in our online journal.

When sending your short story for consideration, please consider our fiction submission guidelines:

1. Bear in mind that fiction published on Identity Theory has traditionally not been longer than 4,000 words and has rarely included genre fiction. We now accept flash (500-1000 words) and microfiction (100-500 words). To submit microfiction, please visit our micro guidelines.

2. Include a short author biography (50-100 words).

3. Paste your submission into the body of an e-mail and in a Word document if possible.

4. Send your contribution to Matt Borondy at or through our Submittable page.

A note on compensation: We currently do not have an official system for paying authors. However, we are working on more creative modes of compensation. So, expect nothing in return for your publication (outside of recognition, fame, good vibes, etc.), but know that we will try our best to make it worth your while with a gift of some kind. (We might even pay you in donuts.)

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