Submissions Closed


Unlikely Story is undergoing a bit of a metamorphosis. In January 2017, we will be shifting to a new yearly anthology format. In 2016, we’re scaling back in preparation for this change. Our 2016 publishing schedule will be restricted to a couple of mini-issues, the first of which is our now habitual April Fools’ Day issue, which will be coming out, surprisingly, on April 1st, 2016.

Upcoming Issues:

Mini-Issue 12.5: The Journal of Unlikely Observances
A Potlatch of Fools

  • Publication Date: April 1, 2016
  • Word count: up to 2000 words (see full guidelines for details)
  • Submissions: Closed
  • Deadline: November 1, 2014

Unlikely Story 2017

  • Title: TBD
  • Details: TBD
  • Vague Thoughts: Largely un-themed, but we have a soft spot for bugs and cryptography, and would like to include at least one story that fit each of those themes.
  • Kickstarter launch: April 2016
  • Reading Period: After funding
  • Publication Date: January 2017
  • Submissions: Closed
  • Scope: At least 13 stories
    • full anthology published in print and ebook format in January
    • 1 story per month published online throughout 2017

How to Submit:

Go here for Fiction submissions.

Go here for Art submissions.

While we enjoy poetry and non-fiction, we do not publish them.