…And We’re Reading!

Our reading period for new work is now closed, but hang tight for the next open submission period. Thank you for your support. Happy writing!

Continuing our focus on wellness and resources, we have revamped our submissions segment and are pleased to announce that we are reading for Issue 1 of The Fresh Ink Anthology from February 1 through May 15! The inaugural issue focuses on the theme of “Also Liberation.” Seasoned writers or newbies, you’re all welcome to send us things!

Pieces that invoke freedom, things that release, that relieve, that desire, things that are overlooked as liberation, or set up a space for less restriction. We’re interested in being loosed.



Submit up to five (5) unpublished* poems of any length or format. Please submit multiple poems in a single document, and use page breaks or titles to indicate where one poem ends and the next begins.


Submit up to five (5) unpublished pieces of any genre not exceeding 560 characters in a single file.


Stories, almost-stories, and excerpts of longer works, story collections or novels, no longer than 1500 words. Translations of work previously unpublished in English are also accepted.

Prose & Essays

No longer than 1500 words.

Comics, Graphic Novels & Manga

Any number of panels, no more than 8 pages.

Email us your cover letter and a brief artist statement or bio using the subject line: “Fresh Ink: Issue 1, Submission,” single work file attached. All work should be titled. Please be sure that your name does not appear directly on your work.

Please allow up to eight (8) weeks for us to respond. If a response has not been sent after eight (8) weeks, feel free to email us with the subject line: “[TYPE OF SUBMISSION] Submission Nudge.”

FTS treats “unpublished” as never having appeared online (including all blogs; but not including video). Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please notify us immediately if one or more of these poems has been accepted elsewhere. If only one of the pieces are being withdrawn, do not withdraw the entire submission unless that is what you intend.

Please do not send multiple submissions during the reading period as they will be discarded. Thank you for your patience.

-The Scribes