Quartz Literary seeks fiction and poetry that reflects and fractures. We want to see cracked versions of ourselves. Give us sharpness, but also beauty. Make us feel seen and allow us to discover something new about ourselves. Ultimately, we are looking for work that reflects the experiences, emotions, and details of life, but also subverts them sometimes. We want emotive authenticity and interesting, complex characters.

We mostly read literary fiction, but are also open to magical realism, surrealism, experimental, and literary works with mild genre elements (ex. The Martian, Interstellar, Such Small Hands, Baby Teeth, etc.) Also, we are a project of the online journal Silver Rose Magazine.

FICTION AND NONFICTION

-Send us your stories, flash fiction, and essays under 6,000 words. Please wait to hear a response before submitting again. If you are sending flash (pieces under 1,000 words), you can send three pieces at a time in one document. You may submit to both our standard submissions and our contests at the same time if you wish.

-Simultaneous submissions are good. Just let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.

-Please double space your document and use a standard 12pt font.

-Please use a .doc or .docx file type. If you send a PDF, and we accept your work, we might ask for a different file.

-We pay one contributor copy and $30 for each selected story/essay.


POETRY

-Send us up to five poems in one document. Please wait for a response before sending us more work. However, you may submit to our standard submissions and our contests at the same time if you wish.

-Format your work however you see fit.

-Simultaneous submissions are good. Just let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.

-Please use a .doc or .docx file type. If you send a PDF, and we accept your work, we might ask for a different file.

-We pay one contributor copy and $30 for each selected poem.


VISUAL ART

-Please send up to five images for consideration.

-Send us whatever file type and file size you see fit. If we need something different, we’ll let you know.

-We pay one contributor copy and $30 for each selected piece of art.

Beyond our print issues, Quartz Literary also posts a piece of flash on our website on the first Friday of every month. 

  • Send us up to three pieces of flash in a single document. We will accept flash that is anywhere between 50 and 1,500 words. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are good. Just let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Please double space your document and use a standard 12pt font. 
  • Please use a .doc or .docx file type. If you send a PDF, and we accept your work, we might ask for a different file.

We are so excited to read your work!

Quartz Literary is currently seeking submissions for our first online issue. This issue is centered around the theme of reflection. This theme can be interpreted in any way you like--as loosely or as literally as you see fit. 

  • Send us your stories and stand-alone novel excerpts of 6,000 words or less, OR up to 3 poems in a single document. You may submit to both our standard submissions and our contests at the same time if you wish. You may also submit one set of poetry and one story/essay at a time as long as you make them two separate submissions.
  • Simultaneous submissions are good. Just let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • For fiction and nonfiction, please double space your document and use a standard 12pt font. For poetry, formatting is up to you. PLEASE REMOVE ALL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION FROM THE DOCUMENT.
  • Please use a .doc or .docx file type. If you send a PDF, and we accept your work, we might ask for a different file.


We are thrilled to read your writing!

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-Please send up to five images for consideration. We love and are open to any type of forms and mediums. We are partial to themes of love, self-reflection, nature, interpersonal bonds, the self, and the self in nature, but are open to art with all themes. 

-Send us whatever file type and file size you see fit. If we need something different, we’ll let you know.

-We pay one contributor copy and $30 for each selected piece of art.

Quartz Literary would like to award one fantastic poem and one outstanding piece of fiction and publish both of them in our first print issue.

  • Send us your stories and stand-alone novel excerpts of 6,000 words or less, OR up to 5 poems in a single document. You may submit to both our standard submissions and our contests at the same time if you wish. You may also submit one set of poetry and one story/essay at a time as long as you make them two separate submissions.
  • Simultaneous submissions are good. Just let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • For fiction and nonfiction, please double space your document and use a standard 12pt font. For poetry, formatting is up to you. PLEASE REMOVE ALL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION FROM THE DOCUMENT. 
  • Please use a .doc or .docx file type. If you send a PDF, and we accept your work, we might ask for a different file.
  • We will close for submissions on February 25th. 
  • The winner for each category will be awarded $200 and one free contributor copy. 

Quartz Literary seeks fiction and poetry that reflects and fractures. We want to see cracked versions of ourselves. Give us sharpness, but also beauty. Make us feel seen and allow us to discover something new about ourselves. Ultimately, we are looking for work that reflects the experiences, emotions, and details of life, but also subverts them sometimes. We want emotive authenticity and interesting, complex characters.

We mostly read literary fiction, but are also open to magical realism, surrealism, experimental, and literary works with mild genre elements (ex. The Martian, Interstellar, Such Small Hands, Baby Teeth, etc.)

  • Send us your stories, flash fiction, and essays under 6,000 words, OR up to 5 poems in a single document. Please wait to hear a response before submitting again. If you are sending flash (pieces under 1,000 words), you can send three pieces at a time in one document. You may submit to both our standard submissions and our contests at the same time if you wish. You may also submit one set of poetry and one story/essay at a time as long as you make them two separate submissions.
  • Simultaneous submissions are good. Just let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • For fiction and nonfiction, please double space your document and use a standard 12pt font. For poetry, formatting is up to you.
  • Please use a .doc or .docx file type. If you send a PDF, and we accept your work, we might ask for a different file.
  • With our expedited response, we will get back to you in 1-7 days.
  • We pay one contributor copy and $30 for each selected piece.

We are so excited to read your work!

Quartz Literary seeks fiction and poetry that reflects and fractures. We want to see cracked versions of ourselves. Give us sharpness, but also beauty. Make us feel seen and allow us to discover something new about ourselves. Ultimately, we are looking for work that reflects the experiences, emotions, and details of life, but also subverts them sometimes. We want emotive authenticity and interesting, complex characters.

We mostly read literary fiction, but are also open to magical realism, surrealism, experimental, and literary works with mild genre elements (ex. The Martian, Interstellar, Such Small Hands, Baby Teeth, etc.) 

  • Send us your stories, flash fiction, and essays under 6,000 words, OR up to 5 poems in a single document. Please wait to hear a response before submitting again. If you are sending flash (pieces under 1,000 words), you can send three pieces at a time in one document. You may submit to both our standard submissions and our contests at the same time if you wish. You may also submit one set of poetry and one story/essay at a time as long as you make them two separate submissions. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are good. Just let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • For fiction and nonfiction, please double space your document and use a standard 12pt font. For poetry, formatting is up to you. 
  • Please use a .doc or .docx file type. If you send a PDF, and we accept your work, we might ask for a different file.
  • We pay one contributor copy and $30 for each selected piece. 

We are so excited to read your work!

Quartz Literary