The Inky Cave is looking for fiction that is hard to forget for the reader, or even messes up with one's mind in some creative way. It can be flash fiction or short stories, or exerpts from yet unpublished/unfinished novels. There is no any restrictions on style and topic as long as the stories are good.
Word count limitation are: 400-1,000 words for flash fiction; 1,000-10,000 words for short stories and exerpts from novels. It also should be written in English and previously unpublished.
Yes. Since the Inky Cave is published quarterly, we call for submissions 4 times a year:
January 1 - February 28 (current deadline);
April 1 - May 31;
July 1 - August 31
and October 1 - November 30.
Nope. Submitting your work is absolutely free.
Yes. Flash fiction is awarded with 5% of profits from magazine sales. Short stories is awarded with at least 5% of profits from magazine sales + 0.5% per additional 1000 words. Royalties are paid after following publication.
Simply use our Submissions Form or send your story via email to email@example.com. Note that only .pdf and Word file formats are supported. It would be great if you also include a short bio in the file.
By submitting your work you give us permission to publish it on Inky Cave literary magazine and promote it on our official website & social networks. Author retains ownership of all copyrights the following publication.
Yes. However, only one publication by the same person is allowed per issue.
We usually respond to every submission in the next 3 days after the deadline. Our judges take their time to read and discuss all submitted works with each other before making any final desicions. Thanks for your patience!