PLEASE READ THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES before you submit your work to this or any journal. 

FICTION - Year around

NONFICTION - December 1, 2018 - February 28, 2019

What to avoid: bar scenes, drinking, drunkenness, adultery, sexual specifics, smoking. We're not religious fanatics, just geared toward a wide-audience of all ages. And do remember, there's enough darkness and sadness in the world -- we want your GOOD SPACES. We are "a journal of good spaces."

It would probably be helpful if you read our website pages on the lyric essay & the prose poem before submitting, as well. These are unique genres, and very different from generic nonfiction or standard poetry.

We read BLIND. No author name or address on the manuscript or file name. The Title space on Submittable should only contain the title of the work. Your name and bio goes in the blank marked Cover Letter. All submitted material should be in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double-spaced.

We can be very quick with our replies, sometimes within just a few days for fiction and lyric essays but up to 180 days or more for some lyric essays or prose poems.

We reserve the right to edit an author's bio to conform it to our audience focus.

Further, we attempt to better show you what we like via our occasional newsletter. Simply check the box at the end of the submission category when you submit if you'd like to receive that.

Ordering a copy never hurts.
Issues 1 & 2 - SOLD OUT
Issue 3 - this is our annual lyric essay edition

Coming Fall/Winter 2018:  "Best Lyric Prose Plus" print anthology - Top selections from Issues 1 - 6

Remember to always send us your very best!
​If it helps you decide what to send, please know that we enjoy short, pithy, language-driven work that makes sense. We love beauty and lyricism.

Best wishes and thank you for including us in your list of possible publication credits!
Eastern Iowa Review

Do remember, there's enough darkness and sadness in the world -- we want your GOOD SPACES. We are "a journal of good spaces."

BLIND SUBMISSIONS ONLY - Remove all identifying information from your manuscript and file name. The Title blank on Submittable should only contain the title of the work, NOT your name. Your name goes in the Cover Letter space, along with a brief bio.

WIDE AUDIENCE content only. That is, watch the swearing, sexual content, adult innuendo, coarse jokes, unnecessary violence, etc. Of course, anything containing abusive, misogynistic, racist, or other offensive or non-family-friendly content will be declined.

Please only submit one submission in one genre until you hear back from us in that genre, though you can submit material to several genres at the same time. Simultaneous submissions are fine. No reading fee.
  • Contemporary Mystery
  • Contemporary Spy
  • Contemporary Woods / Western / Mountain / Appalachian
  • Dark Fiction -- but no straight-up horror, please. Examples might include works such as Fahrenheit 451The RoadDracula1984Animal FarmThe Handmaid's Tale, and such
  • Debut Author (two or fewer previous publishing credits, age 18 and over), any genre
  • Fan Fiction (video games, movies, books)
  • Literary Fiction
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Young Author (please submit in this category if you're 17 or younger), any genre
Up to 2000 words per story.

Pay is $5 per accepted story via Paypal onlyIf you submit work and it is chosen, yet you don't have a Paypal account, you forfeit payment. Please be aware of this. We no longer send checks.

Query for longer works with a short 50 word summary, AND the first 500 words of the story. Include total word count in summary. Use "Query for Longer Works" category on Submittable.

Accepted authors must acknowledge publishing agreement. Some or all work may be included in a future anthology with no further remuneration to author.

Unpublished work only. No reprints.

You should hear back from us by the first week of the following month. Selected work will appear online first or second week of the month after submission.
Do remember, there's enough darkness and sadness in the world -- we want your GOOD SPACES. We are "a journal of good spaces."

Query for works over 2000 words. Include a short 50 word summary, AND the first 500 words of the story pasted into the COVER LETTER box here on Submittable. Include total word count as well.

We will either Accept or Decline your request to send a longer work. If accepted, you can send your file via another Submittable submission and it will go through the usual channels at that time. NO email entries.
$3.50 will get your work read in 30 days (or less). THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO OUR CONTEST ENTRIES.  Contest entries must use the category designed for that. This donation does not guarantee acceptance or an in-depth reply/comments or any comments at all for that matter. Much will depend on our workload, but do realize that every donation is very much appreciated!

And do remember, there's enough darkness and sadness in the world -- we want your GOOD SPACES. We are "a journal of good spaces."

Please read our full website guidelines before submitting:  http://www.portyonderpress.com/guidelines.html

WE READ "BLIND" - No identifying information on submissions, please, or we'll have to decline it, even if you've paid the expedited reading fee. (Do, however, be sure to include your information on the Submittable block labelled "cover letter.") Also, save yourself some money by realizing that all submissions must be suitable for a wide audience (family-friendly).

If we choose your work, you must have a Paypal account to accept payment. If you don't have a Paypal account, you forfeit payment. Please be aware of this. We no longer send checks.