Still: The Journal

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Still: The Journal, established in 2009, is an online literary journal published three times a year in February, June and October. 

We accept submissions only through Submittable. Subs are free. We do have a "tip jar" option, but all submissions receive the same attention and consideration; again: submissions are free. Money we receive through the tip jar is used only to help pay for our web services and Submittable services.

Please submit only in one genre. If you have been published in Still before, please wait until one year has passed from that publication date before sending us work again.

We don't mind if your submission is simultaneous as long as you withdraw your piece right away if it's accepted elsewhere. We will be happy for you! Use the "withdraw" function in Submittable to withdraw work.

We are not able to pay our contributors, but we nominate work regularly to annual prizes, and we will help advertise your work on social media.

We try to respond to contributors within three months. Please do not query until three months have passed.

Still: The Journal acquires First Electronic Rights and Non-exclusive Archival Rights. Upon publication, all other rights revert to the author. Please credit Still: The Journal as first publisher if you reprint elsewhere; we like seeing our name in print, too. Still reserves the right to reprint work at a later date if we have the opportunity to occasionally make a print anthology and want to include your work.

We recommend that you read previous issues to see what we publish before submitting. Our emphasis is on amplifying the voices and creativity of the Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing excellent writing that does not rely on clich├ęs and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the many layers and complexities of the region. The work you submit does not have to be about Appalachia: We also want to feature writers with a connection to the region. We encourage established and emerging writers (generally ages 18+) to submit their best work to Still.

We appreciate writing grounded in craft as well as experience. We are moved by lyrical writing that is compelling, distinctive, accessible, and finely written. We also like the wild and fragmented, the snapshot, the unforeseen. As a purely editorial decision, we don't consider trite, light verse, genre fiction, critical analyses, inspirational or motivational advice, erotica, pornography, or any writing that purposefully exploits or demeans or enables hatred and bigotry. We reserve the right to remove pieces from our archives.

We don't consider previously published work, including work that has been uploaded to social media or personal websites. Please do not submit any work that has been previously published unless invited to do so.

We will consider one fiction piece (up to 6,500 words) or one flash or micro fiction piece (no more than 1,000 words). We will consider one creative nonfiction piece (up to 6,500 words) or one flash or micro creative nonfiction piece (no more than 1,000 words.) Please double space all fiction and creative nonfiction. We will consider one to five poems (submitted as one document). Poems can be any length, form, style. Poems can be single spaced. Please submit only once in only one genre per reading period.

The title of your submission and the title of your uploaded file should be your name and genre, (e.g. Jane Doe Poetry).

In the "Cover Letter" section, please include a short sentence that explains your connection to the Appalachian region. Please also include a five-seven sentence biography. You can include your publications, but please list no more than four journals where your work has appeared. Book titles should include the publisher and year of publication. You can include literary awards and prizes. Include links to your work or website (if applicable) and your Twitter handle (if applicable.)

If you are interested in pitching a book review, an interview, artwork, collaborations, or a Still Life feature, please contact us by email at

Still: The Journal