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The Airgonaut seeks innovative short stories of fabulism, magical realism, surrealism, and absurdist fiction. Below are more specifics that may improve your chances of publication.


I have the long-held belief that every writer has his or her own unique way of seeing the world. That said, what I’m expecting is a short story from you that only you could have written. Time to shed those influences. If it sounds like Roth or Atwood and Roth or Atwood didn’t send it, it’s not going to work for me.


Too many writers are working safe these days. Literature has never moved forward an inch by writers playing it safe. If you’re fairly sure you want to write to fit a certain mold, send your work elsewhere. I’m looking for courageous writers more concerned with saying something bold than writers hoping to fit in.


I love innovative short fiction. Stories of exploration between 250 and 1,000 words are some of the best being written today. The innovative short, short story cannot get enough attention, so another journal to showcase it makes a lot of sense to me.


Over time writers tend to write stories simply because they can, they have that talent. What is lost by doing this is the sense of fun and discovery they likely had at the beginning of their careers. The white page should not be a place writers go to do nothing more than what they are able. It should be a place where, like children, they see endless possibilities that bring smiles to their faces. If you didn’t have fun writing your story, it’s probably not going to be much fun for me to read it.


It goes without saying that any literary journal will have to endure its fair share of amateur work. However, if you’re serious enough to be submitting your writing for possible publication, you should be serious enough to make sure it’s the best work you can manage at that time. Polish it and make it a goal to present yourself as a professional.


Send one (1) previously unpublished story of no more than 1,000 words as an rtf., doc., or docx. attachment to theairgonautship at gmail dot com. Include with your submission a short, third-person bio.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let me know immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Also, please wait one month after hearing back from me before submitting again.

I do not publish straight science fiction, fantasy, and horror. If a story has these elements to a slight degree but keeps the focus on innovation, I might be swayed. Otherwise, you’re better off to submit to a journal that specifically seeks that kind of fiction.

Currently I cannot pay authors. However, I will champion your work as if it was my own, for what that’s worth, nominating for Best Small Fictions, Best of the Net, and the Pushcart Prize.

If any of the general guidelines above are not followed in the received submission, that submission will not be considered or responded to at all. Those are the breaks.