Choeofpleirn Press produces one annual journal dedicated to publishing short fiction, the Coneflower Cafe, every spring.
We accept short fiction at any time during the year, but only works received by the last Sunday of every February will be considered for that year's Coneflower Cafe.
Short fiction submissions should be original (unpublished) stories containing between 3000 and 10,000 words that show originality, subtlety, wisdom, and appeal to broader perspectives, while adhering to typical story qualities (i.e. character development and a clear plot). The stories do not have to be high brow, but should maintain reader interest without resorting to gratuitous violence or fear to keep reader interest and without overtly moralizing its point for readers.
Writers should save their manuscript files with their surnames and a portion of the work's title. Send us your manuscript as an attachment in doc, docx, rtf, or pdf to ChoeofpleirnPress@gmail.com. Anyone who writes work in Pages should have their work converted to doc, docx, rtf, or pdf. Include a cover email containing a 100-word third person biography (i.e. Jane Doe writes...) with each submission. We suggest you include author webpages or blogs, publication history and educational successes, or any other relevant information that you feel you should share with us about yourself. This biography will be published in the same journal that your work appears in, if your work is accepted for publication, so it is another great way for your readers to follow your successes.
Fiction writers who would like the story submitted for publication in Coneflower Cafe entered in the Ben Nyberg Fiction Contest must pay the $20 contest fee below. Paying the contest submission fee does not guarantee publication, but if your work is published and you pay the fee, you are entered in the contest. Finalists will have their stories republished in our annual Best of Choeofpleirn Press winter issue. The winner of the contest for the year receives $100.
Submission of your work to Choeofpleirn Press means you are allowing us to print and copyright your work for the magazine issue in which your work appears. Realize, though, that writers retain their ownership of their works, but, if a work we publish is republished elsewhere, we ask that you acknowledge our literary journal as your work's first publication. Note that, if your work comes in among the top three for our creative contests, it will be reprinted in our Best of Choeofpleirn Press annual magazine, as well. If you win the top spot for a creative contest, you also win $100.
Winners of our creative contests, like the Ben Nyberg Fiction Contest, will also have their works republished in our annual Best of Choeofpleirn Press magazine. Winners are announced in that issue, but only the first place winner receives $100 prize, although the top three stories will be republished in our Best of issue.
While we prefer that you do not send us works that are being considered for publication elsewhere, we are writers ourselves, so understand the importance of multiple submissions. However, should your work be published somewhere else first, please notify us as soon as possible, so we can withdraw your work from our publication process.