Wyvern Lit

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

We're looking for the writing that your brain doesn't want to let go of. We're looking for the ideas and the words and the stories that you're obsessed with. We want you to dig into your mind and show us what you find. We want your weird and we want your normal. We want the stories and poems where you go to escape and we want the pieces set in the places where your shrink tells you to take your brain.

We love the super-literary and we love pop culture and we love fantasy and sci-fi and magic realism. We love TV and music and breakfast. We love family stories, we love love, we love heartbreak and longing and cavediving into emotion at every volume. We love weird, but we lean more toward the spooky and ethereal kind of weird than the howling madness kind of weird, but don't let that stop you from submitting your howling madness. We love questions of reality and perception, but we also love the existentially straightforward. We love new approaches to existing stories. And we love you, already.

(Oh, and also? We love strong narratives. Snapshots of scenes, characters, etc., are great, but we want to see the story therein, even if only by way of evocation. We want that evocation.)

For poetry, we're looking for clusters, for thematic consistency, for suites of poems both within your own submissions and, ultimately, in the whole of what we publish in an issue. We want submissions of three to six poems with a thread that runs through them, with a yarn that weaves a tapestry of them all.

Simultaneous submissions are a-ok, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published material. If you have already submitted for an issue, please wait until the following issue's reading period before submitting again. We can't pay at this time, except with a promise to promote the heck out of your work. We're thinking of making mugs, which we'd love to send to contributors if it becomes financially feasible.


Currently, we are accepting:

FLASH FICTION - Up to 1,000 words. You can submit up to 3 in a single document.

FICTION - Up to 4,000 words.

POETRY - Three to six interconnected poems, totaling no more than 138 lines (six pages at 12pt, doublespaced Times New Roman).

Wyvern Lit publishes new issues quarterly and is currently online-only.

Rights: If we accept your work, Wyvern Lit acquires First Serial Rights and Nonexclusive Archival Electronic Rights to showcase your work indefinitely. All rights revert to author at publication, but it would be awesome if you could credit us as the first publisher if your work ends up getting published elsewhere. More on rights here.


We're so psyched to read your work. If you've got any questions, give us a shout via email or on Twitter at @wyvernlit.