Empty Sink Publishing is looking for professional-quality fiction and creative non-fiction submissions that stretch the mind, defy convention, and offer a new perspective on life. We reciprocate by providing our contributors with the very best social media and guerrilla-marketing support a small publication can provide. Our track-record so far has been humblingly successful.
Empty Sink Publishing started as a monthly magazine publishing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and visual work. After releasing 18 issues in three years, we decided to close the magazine in order to focus exclusively on short fiction and creative non-fiction. Beginning April 1, 2017, we will publish one short story a month, along with an interview with the author.
At this time, we have an open submissions policy. Submissions can be sent at any time, but accepted submissions may not be published for several months after the initial acceptance. If we accept your submission, we will include information about the month in which we expect to publish it.
Our expected processing time for each submission is up to three months after its reception. We appreciate your patience.
While we will try to comment on rejected submissions, we cannot guarantee that at this time.
We are picky. If we reject your submission, it doesn’t mean we don’t like you. It just means that you don’t fit the Empty Sink Publishing mold. We assume no risk or liability for any feelings that are hurt during the selection process.
How to Submit
* We do not accept simultaneous submissions. *
Please follow the submission guidelines. Failure to do so will result in automatic rejection of your submission.
Please send submissions directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the following subject lines on submissions:
Fiction: Empty Sink Fiction Submission_[Title of Your Work]
Non-Fiction: Empty Sink Creative Non-Fiction Submission_[Title of Your Work]
All work should be submitted as an attachment in .doc, .docx, or .txt format. Follow traditional guidelines for manuscript formatting. We suggest using the formatting instructions here. At bare minimum, your manuscript MUST contain the following:
First page: In the upper left-hand corner, put your name and contact information, including email address. In the upper right-hand corner, put the total number of words in your submission.
Following pages: In the upper right-hand corner, put your last name, the title of your work, and the page number. For an example of how this is properly done, see the link above.
There is no word limit for submissions; however, we rarely publish anything longer than 10,000 words.
All work must be of professional quality. Read, revise, re-read, and revise again before submitting. We will not accept or read first drafts of your work.
Terms of Publication
By submitting your work to Empty Sink Publishing, you agree, should your work be accepted, to grant Empty Sink Publishing exclusive electronic rights to your work for a period of ninety (90) days commencing on the date of publication, as well as a non-exclusive right to maintain a copy of published work indefinitely. Any subsequent publication should include the credit “originally published by Empty Sink Publishing.”
“Exclusive electronic rights” means that you agree not to re-publish your work elsewhere online for ninety (90) days after the original date of publication. “Publish” means any public display of your work, and includes your personal website and posting to message boards. You are welcome to link to the page featuring your work instead. Once the ninety (90) day period has passed, you are free to re-publish your work online.
You retain all other rights, including the right to re-publish the work in non-electronic form at any time.
Letters to the editor(s) regarding submissions may be published in whole or in part. Names and other identifying information will be withheld unless the author’s express permission is obtained.
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