Look. We want to read your work.

We want to read your work if you’re an undiscovered writer, or if you’re established. We want to read your work if–and especially if–it is concise, experimental, hybrid, or flashy. If it’s modern. If it’s vintage. If it’s vulnerable. We want to read your work if it has guts.

We ask for:

  • Creative Nonfiction
    • 2500 word limit

  • Fiction
    • 2500 word limit

  • Poetry
    • up to 3 poems per submitter
      • Please submit multiple poems in one document

  • Flash (this can fall under any genre)
    • 750 word limit per piece
    • up to 3 pieces per submitter
      • Please submit multiple pieces in one document

  • Art
    • 5 piece limit
      • Please upload each art submission separately.

We ask that you only submit once to each category until you hear back on your submission. You may submit to all categories at the same time, but we respectfully ask that you only submit one time in each separate category.

Blind submissions only, please. Any submission received that includes identifying personal information in the attached document will automatically be rejected with a request to resubmit blindly. Cover letters with identifying information are fine, as they are not viewed by our readers. We believe in reading work with integrity and impartiality and blind submissions are beneficial to both the writers and editors.

We would appreciate it if all prose were double spaced.

We allow for simultaneous submissions, as long as you indicate in your cover letter which piece(s) have been submitted elsewhere. If a piece is accepted elsewhere, please notify us as soon as humanly possible!

We do not consider previously published work or mail-in submissions.

Reporting time for submissions is three to six months, though we strive for much sooner than that. All published work will be archived online, and after publication all rights revert back to the author/artist.

If you have any questions, comments, or trouble navigating the submission manager, please reach out to us at editors@sprylit.com for assistance.

We are also looking for contributing writers for our blog feature. The guidelines in this section do not pertain to that feature. Please click on the link below for feature-specific guidelines.

  Write boldly! 

We’d love to add you to our list of contributing writers for Briefs. We can’t wait for you to challenge us, to make us pause, to excite us, and ignite our creative processes. If you have any great ideas you’d love to share with us, pitch us here. If you’re interested but not sure where to get started, here are a few things we are looking for (that we will assign to you):

  • Writers who will interview our previous contributors (we are especially looking for writers to interview poets.)

  • Writers willing to interview other literary journals

  • Writers who will write posts on what they are currently reading

  • Writers who want to write posts on elements of craft
Don’t be shy! If you would like to do an interview for us, please indicate so in your cover letter, and also attach a prose writing sample below so we can see your stuff. Please note, if you submit anything here, it cannot be read for publication in the regular section of the journal (as this goes against our nonblind reading policy).

If you'd like to write about what you are currently reading, just upload below and we'll let you know shortly if it will be published.

If you have incredible ideas for writing-related blog posts, then write them and upload below. We will let you know shortly if they will be published.

Please remember when submitting to this section that like our mission for the Spry, these posts should be a blog-appropriate length. Thanks for your interest, and we can't wait to read your proposals. In the near future, we will add some links here to work we've already published so that you can see what we are looking for.