We welcome submissions of previously unpublished poems, short stories, novel excerpts, and works of literary nonfiction, including personal essays, memoirs, humor, sketches, literary biographies, commentary, interviews, and features of interest to readers who take pleasure in critical and creative words.  (Please see our Submissions may be up to 10,000 words in length, and contributors are asked to include a brief biographical note. For all accepted pieces, we pay $350 on publication.

Submissions may be sent to us at any time, year-round.  We accept multiple submissions, since we feel that it's unreasonable to expect writers to give a publisher an exclusive look at a work unless the publisher can respond with time to stew over the material. We want writers to have every possible opportunity for success, we are willing to risk losing a story we want when someone at another magazine may have done their reading before us, and in that case we will be sorry to lose the piece but happy for the writer. Our response time varies from four to twelve weeks, with the slowest times being August/September and December/January.

We require a $20 reading fee for each submission of a single manuscript of up to 10,000 words. Submissions from new or emerging writers are eligible for the Chapbook contests awarded annually.

Please read the following instructions in full and/or print out the instructions before making an online submission:

1) Online submissions should be formatted as follows: Double-spaced, 12 point type, at least one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages. The author's name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page.

2) Save your document in one of the following formats: Microsoft Word Rich Text Format,  or any other word processing program document file saved in Rich Text Format (rtf).  Your submission may not exceed 10,000 words.   

3) Before sending us your document, fill in the forms and click on the PayPal link below, and then follow the simple instructions to use a credit card to send in the $20 reading fee for your submission.  After you have completed the payment process, you will be automatically returned to this page to finish sending us your submission.

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4) PayPal will promptly email you a receipt for your payment.  Prepare to forward this receipt to us by email.  In the subject line of the email write the word submission and attach your document.  Do not paste the submission into the body of the email.  The submission must be made as an email attachment, formatted as described in Step #2 above.  Send your submission to us at
editor@sfumatobooks.com

5) You may make additional submissions by repeating the above steps for each submission.

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