Submissions

CALL FOR SUBMISSION STATUS: CLOSED until a new Editor-in-Chief is nominated. Have your pieces ready when we open up, though!


We at The Forge accept all speculative fiction: including fantasy, science-fiction, historical fantasy/science-fiction, horror, and fantasy/science-fiction romance, drama, and mystery. We accept pieces of poetry, flash fiction, and microfiction.

All writing must be sent to our email theforgegmu@gmail.com. The response to your sent works will vary depending on our submission pool size.

Our submission guidelines are as follows:

Submission Guidelines:


We encourage all writers to submit, regardless of prominence in the literary scene. We are mostly looking to include writers who are students and alumni from George Mason University, but we will always accept good writing, no matter the place it comes from.

We accept multiple submissions per issue, though we ask you wait until you receive feedback on your first submission before resubmitting. We accept simultaneous submissions, but if you are accepted elsewhere while your submission is pending, or if your piece has been published elsewhere, please let us know when and where you will be/are published.

When submitting, please keep to one style of writing (poetry, flash fiction, microfiction) in your submission. After a response to your first submission, feel free to re-submit your piece or change the style of your submission.

We ask that writers keep gore, profanity, and explicit sexual behavior to a minimum. It also must serve the story in a thematic/exciting way.

Our submissions are to be submitted in 12 point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced.

Below are the specificifications for each style of writing for each submission.


Poetry– No more that 5 poems in one submission, cumulatively reaching no more than a word count of 750 words. Also, we hope that writers do not exceed 4 pages with one poem. 


Flash Fiction- Any work below 1,000 words is considered flash fiction. If your piece exceeds this limit, it will be placed in the microfiction category which nullifies and other short-story you may submit until our next issue.


Microfiction– Any word exceeding 1,000 words is considered a microfiction piece. There is a strict 2,500 word cap for microfiction


Deadlines– Deadlines are final and any submissions sent after deadline dates will not be considered for publication.

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