Submission Guidelines

Website Submissions

Submissions are closed. We'll reopen again soon.

We look for works of short fiction and indeterminate prose. Like our name suggests, we are interested in literary art that manages brevity without sacrificing fullness. We like narrative, but we also like work that uses form to express something about the time in which we live.

We are most interested in works fewer than 1,000 words, but will publish works with higher word counts if they are exceptional.

If we fancy your submission, you'll be asked to submit a companion piece to be included in matchbook's ongoing critical discussion, postings of which appear alongside prose submissions.

Send unpublished work. Sim subs are fine. Being a writer is hard.

Please limit submissions to three pieces if they are longish. Five if they are shortish. If you submit more than one piece, please include them all in one document.

Video Submissions

Submissions are open!

matchbook wants videos. Something thoughtful, something beautiful. Surprising. You might tell a story non-traditionally through a video. You might not tell a story at all. What can video art be? Is this video art? Or maybe this. Something simple, perhaps. Or funny? We like those, but there are many other approaches we could like. Moving images and sound are like water to most of us today, so how can they be made to feel urgent? Important? Wow us.

Send us up to three videos: either links to a private Youtube or Vimeo video (which must include the password), or upload a Quicktime file. All submissions should be sent via our submission manager. We would prefer if videos have not been made public up to this point, but we are slightly flexible if it has been public and very few people have seen it.

Print Submissions

Submissions are closed for the print edition.