Our Process

The Forge Literary Magazine publishes one prose piece per week selected by a rotating cast of editors. Each submission is read blind by two editors. If a story is chosen to move forward, it is read by one of two rotating Editors of the Month who each make final decisions on the stories they receive. Since we are a diverse, international group of writers, our tastes and styles are wide-ranging. Read more about us here.

Fiction and Nonfiction

We prefer stories below 3,000 words but will consider work of rare quality up to 5,000 words. We love flash and micro prose. Please send one previously unpublished piece per category and wait to hear from us before submitting another. Reprints are by solicitation only. Literary excellence is our only criteria. We are open to all genres and voices, and stories with any background, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual and personal identity from all over the world. We accept and encourage simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw promptly via Submittable if your piece is accepted elsewhere. We read our submissions anonymously. Our submission manager will ensure that your contact info is connected to your work. Please do not put your name anywhere in the file. Please do not inquire about the status of your submission until three months has passed. If you are a former contributor, please wait at least six months before you submit again; we only publish one piece per contributor per year.

Payment and Rights

We pay, upon publication, $0.05/words up to 1,000 words, with a minimum payment of $25 and a maximum of $50. We request exclusive worldwide English language rights to publish in the Forge Literary Magazine, an online journal, for a period of three months, after which all rights revert to the author. Authors outside the U.S. must be able to receive payment via Paypal.








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The Forge Fellowship is an experimental project designed to foster literary talent amongst often underrepresented groups of writers. In 2018, its inaugural year, the Forge will award two Fellowships: one to a writer of color and one to a writer over fifty years of age.

The Forge Literary Magazine (FLM) arose out of the Fiction Forge (FF) writing collective, an international group of writers who have worked closely together over many years. We want to extend that collaborative relationship to new writers—to use our combined skills to nurture some of the talent we see on a daily basis in the FLM submissions queue, thus creating a stronger link between our two writing endeavours—FLM and FF—and helping emerging writers develop their skills.

We decided upon the two initial Fellowship categories because we want to be more active agents in encouraging and facilitating diversity in the literary community. As Junot Diaz has argued, the litmag/MFA culture is just too white; rather than perpetuating a version of 'literature' that's overly indebted to the white Western canon, we want to support and promote a range of voices and cultural experiences. Similarly, with regard to the over-fifty category, we wish to push back against the fetishizing of youth: we are aware, as we’re sure are our readers, that many writers (particularly female writers) do not get the opportunity to fully engage with their craft until later in life, and that the ‘Five Under Thirty-Five’ phenomenon unfairly disenfranchises writers already facing significant political disadvantage. As Joanna Walsh puts it, age is a feminist issue.

The winners of the Forge Fellowship will be integrated into our online writing community, the Fiction Forge, to work on their own writing and to read and edit for the Forge Literary Magazine. At the end of the Fellowship (a period of 12 months), the fellows will have completed at least two publishable prose pieces (workshopped in the FF) and selected one piece for publication from the submissions queue at FLM. Their own work will also be considered for publication at FLM. Throughout the Fellowship, the Fellows will receive community support and guidance on FLM editorial matters from members of the Fiction Forge. The fellows will each receive an honorarium of $500.00, half of which is payable upon announcement of winners, and half upon completion of fellowship. Overseas writers must be able to receive payment via Paypal.

 

Application Guidelines
Writers are eligible who:

  • do not have a book-length work published or under contract to publish one;
  • are 18 years or older;
  • are not friends or family of Fiction Forge members;
  • are POC or over 50 years of age (must be at least 49 years-old in 2017);
  • have not published with the Forge Literary Magazine;
  • are committed and able to allocate enough time (several hours a week) to work on their own writing and work as a staff member of FLM.

Application Process

Upload your fiction or nonfiction in a single document. The manuscript should be double-spaced and in a readable, standard font, such as Times New Roman. Please submit previously unpublished piece(s) totalling up to 3,000 words. (You may submit up to three flash pieces if each is less than 1,000 words in a single file.) Please make sure your name doesn't appear anywhere in the manuscript itself. The manuscript does not need to be publishable as-is, as fellows will have an opportunity to polish their pieces in Fiction Forge workshops, with the goal of eventual publication.

There is no application fee, but a $5 (we will receive $3.76) donation is appreciated if it's comfortably affordable. Please note that no priority will be given to applications submitted with donation. The Forge Literary Magazine is a project of Forge Literary Press, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (tax ID # 82-0910097). All donations are tax deductible and will go toward funding future Fellowships. If you wish to submit without donation, please click here (until November 30).

Application period with donation is October 15 through December 15, 2017.

The members of the Fiction Forge will select the winners at their sole discretion. Winners will be announced in late January, 2018.

We accept and encourage simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw promptly via Submittable if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

If you have any questions, please enquire at fellowship@forgelitmag.com.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to reading your submission!

The Editors @ FLM








The Forge Fellowship is an experimental project designed to foster literary talent amongst often underrepresented groups of writers. In 2018, its inaugural year, the Forge will award two Fellowships: one to a writer of color and one to a writer over fifty years of age.

The Forge Literary Magazine (FLM) arose out of the Fiction Forge (FF) writing collective, an international group of writers who have worked closely together over many years. We want to extend that collaborative relationship to new writers—to use our combined skills to nurture some of the talent we see on a daily basis in the FLM submissions queue, thus creating a stronger link between our two writing endeavours—FLM and FF—and helping emerging writers develop their skills.

We decided upon the two initial Fellowship categories because we want to be more active agents in encouraging and facilitating diversity in the literary community. As Junot Diaz has argued, the litmag/MFA culture is just too white; rather than perpetuating a version of 'literature' that's overly indebted to the white Western canon, we want to support and promote a range of voices and cultural experiences. Similarly, with regard to the over-fifty category, we wish to push back against the fetishizing of youth: we are aware, as we’re sure are our readers, that many writers (particularly female writers) do not get the opportunity to fully engage with their craft until later in life, and that the ‘Five Under Thirty-Five’ phenomenon unfairly disenfranchises writers already facing significant political disadvantage. As Joanna Walsh puts it, age is a feminist issue.

The winners of the Forge Fellowship will be integrated into our online writing community, the Fiction Forge, to work on their own writing and to read and edit for the Forge Literary Magazine. At the end of the Fellowship (a period of 12 months), the fellows will have completed at least two publishable prose pieces (workshopped in the FF) and selected one piece for publication from the submissions queue at FLM. Their own work will also be considered for publication at FLM. Throughout the Fellowship, the Fellows will receive community support and guidance on FLM editorial matters from members of the Fiction Forge. The fellows will each receive an honorarium of $500.00, half of which is payable upon announcement of winners, and half upon completion of fellowship. Overseas writers must be able to receive payment via Paypal.

 

Application Guidelines
Writers are eligible who:

  • do not have a book-length work published or under contract to publish one;
  • are 18 years or older;
  • are not friends or family of Fiction Forge members;
  • are POC or over 50 years of age (must be at least 49 years-old in 2017);
  • have not published with the Forge Literary Magazine;
  • are committed and able to allocate enough time (several hours a week) to work on their own writing and work as a staff member of FLM.

Application Process

Upload your fiction or nonfiction in a single document. The manuscript should be double-spaced and in a readable, standard font, such as Times New Roman. Please submit previously unpublished piece(s) totalling up to 3,000 words. (You may submit up to three flash pieces if each is less than 1,000 words in a single file.) Please make sure your name doesn't appear anywhere in the manuscript itself. The manuscript does not need to be publishable as-is, as fellows will have an opportunity to polish their pieces in Fiction Forge workshops, with the goal of eventual publication.

There is no application fee, but a $5 donation is appreciated if it's comfortably affordable. Please note that no priority will be given to applications submitted with donation. The Forge Literary Magazine is a project of Forge Literary Press, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (tax ID # 82-0910097). All donations are tax deductible and will go toward funding future Fellowships. If you wish to submit with donation, please click here.

Application period is October 15 through November 30, 2017.

The members of the Fiction Forge will select the winners at their sole discretion. Winners will be announced in late January, 2018.

We accept and encourage simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw promptly via Submittable if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

If you have any questions, please enquire at fellowship@forgelitmag.com.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to reading your submission!

The Editors @ FLM







Please use this category only if you can comfortably pay $3 (we will receive $1.86) and wish to support our magazine. All submissions will receive equal treatment whether you contribute or not. As a nonprofit organization (tax ID # 82-0910097), your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Thank you!
FLM


If you are a previous contributor to the Forge Literary Magazine and have news to share (short story or book publications, awards, honors, etc.), please post it in the cover letter field in this category. Such info should be relatively recent. Our staff will review and determine how best to share it.