BURROW PRESS BOOKS: We publish 4 books in print each year, and so it is rare that we open submissions for our print program.


FANTASTIC FLORIDAS (OUR ONLINE LITERARY JOURNAL): We accept submissions year-round!


ABOUT FANTASTIC FLORIDAS / WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR

The name Fantastic Floridas is taken from a phrase in an old translation of Rimbaud’s 1871 poem, “The Drunken Boat.” Newer translations use “unbelievable” and “incredible” in place of “fantastic,” but we’re suckers for alliteration. The Spanish colony of Florida (la Florida, Pascua Florida, feast of flowers) was named by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513, so when Rimbaud references capital-F “fantastic Floridas,” it’s possible he’s speaking of this landmass… however, what to make of the pluralization? It’s the letter S that is the gateway to the kind of work we’re looking for. 


We’re always seeking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and experimental work that contributes to, defines, expands, and explodes the idea of “Florida Literature.” 


Think Florida:Place-based work set in Florida –– realism, yes, but we also find that this state is conducive to horror, sci-fi, speculative, crime, absurdism, fabulism, magical realism, myth, and fairy tales. 


Think florida: Non-place-based work dealing in Florida themes and textures ––unique ecosystems (like the Everglades), climate change and other environmental devastations, invasive species, displacement, hidden or erased histories, a long run of shitty governors, tourism, an overabundance of comfort, ennui, stark contrasts (such as gritty/glossy; natural/manmade), an overall sense of the absurd and/or the uncanny and/or the strange… we encourage you to make your own wild connection and take a chance by submitting. 


Last but not least: Florida is one of the most diverse and culturally pluralistic states in the nation, while also being a “red state” with a textbook American history of oppression and erasure. There are many stories to tell. We encourage submissions from people of all ages, races, genders, abilities and cultural backgrounds.


GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES


All submissions must be previously unpublished. 


Poetry: up to 3 poems at a time, separate files.

Flash fiction & nonfiction: up to 500 words, up to 3 pieces at a time, separate files.

Fiction & nonfiction: from 1 – 5,000 words, one at a time. Query for longer work.


Please wait until you hear from us before submitting more work. Please make sure you’re submitting to the correct category. Please do not send full manuscripts. 


Simultaneous Submissions:Yes.
Response Time: 1-3 months.


Compensation & Rights: We currently do not offer payment for writing that appears on Fantastic Floridas. We ask for first serial rights, and electronic archival rights. Rights revert to you upon publication. 


Crediting Burrow: If something we published of yours is published elsewhere, such as in a collection or anthology, please note that it first appeared in Burrow Press’ Fantastic Floridas.


Attention Lit Mags & Presses: Fantastic Floridas runs excerpts from lit mags and presses based in Florida (the excerpts do not need a Florida connection); and excerpts from forthcoming books set in Florida (publishers need not be based in Florida). To pitch an excerpt, please contact us here.

For the type of poetry we're looking for, please read the description on our main Submittable page. 


All submissions must be previously unpublished. 


Poetry: up to 3 poems at a time, separate files.

Please wait until you hear from us before submitting more work. Please make sure you’re submitting to the correct category. Please do not send full manuscripts. 


Simultaneous Submissions:Yes.

Response Time: 1-3 months.


Compensation & Rights: We currently do not offer payment for writing that appears on Fantastic Floridas. We ask for first serial rights, and electronic archival rights. Rights revert to you upon publication. 


Crediting Burrow: If something we published of yours is published elsewhere, such as in a collection or anthology, please note that it first appeared in Burrow Press’ Fantastic Floridas.

For the type of fiction we're looking for, please read the description on our main Submittable page. 


All submissions must be previously unpublished. 


Flash fiction: up to 500 words, up to 3 pieces at a time, separate files.

Fiction: from 1 – 5,000 words, one at a time. Query for longer work.


Please wait until you hear from us before submitting more work. Please make sure you’re submitting to the correct category. Please do not send full manuscripts. 


Simultaneous Submissions:Yes.  

Response Time: 1-3 months.


Compensation & Rights: We currently do not offer payment for writing that appears on Fantastic Floridas. We ask for first serial rights, and electronic archival rights. Rights revert to you upon publication. 


Crediting Burrow: If something we published of yours is published elsewhere, such as in a collection or anthology, please note that it first appeared in Burrow Press’ Fantastic Floridas.

For the type of nonfiction we're looking for, please read the description on our main Submittable page. 


All submissions must be previously unpublished. 


Flash nonfiction: up to 500 words, up to 3 pieces at a time, separate files.

Noniction: from 1 – 5,000 words, one at a time. Query for longer work.


Please wait until you hear from us before submitting more work. Please make sure you’re submitting to the correct category. Please do not send full manuscripts. 


Simultaneous Submissions:Yes.  

Response Time: 1-3 months.


Compensation & Rights: We currently do not offer payment for writing that appears on Fantastic Floridas. We ask for first serial rights, and electronic archival rights. Rights revert to you upon publication. 


Crediting Burrow: If something we published of yours is published elsewhere, such as in a collection or anthology, please note that it first appeared in Burrow Press’ Fantastic Floridas.

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