We accept fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, hybrid work, and beyond. Genre is less important than work that speaks for itself, and if you don’t want to label it, neither will we. We like experimentation, we like innovation, but most of all we like quality work that excites and ignites. Distill it, break it down, build it up, and abandon it. Make us feel, think, laugh, cry, cringe, crumble, and tumble.
We publish four pieces per month and word count ranges from 1 to 5,000, but if it’s over 5,000 send us a note first. And really, we prefer things under 1500. Similarly, if your submission contains or is contained by images, sound, or video, let us know prior to submitting. If we can figure out how to support it on the site, we will. And if we've accepted your work (thank you), please wait two years before submitting again. We only publish fifty writers a year, and it's important to include as many literary voices as possible.
We are committed to creating and sustaining a community of writers who support each other. There are two open submissions each year (April and August) and the remaining months require a small reading fee to help make the world go round. It also means we can pay our writers, because paying writers is important. Accepted submissions receive a twenty dollar honorarium, and we hope to offer more in the future.
We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but let us know if it’s been accepted elsewhere. You are giving pioneertown rights to publish your work online and in any subsequent pioneertown print publications, but you retain all copyrights to your work. Should your work be published elsewhere, please credit pioneertown with initial publication.