Zoetic Press publishes the best in new lit - experimental, interstitial, luminous. We welcome submissions from EVERYONE. The only requirement is that they be in English, or translated into English (we love a translation). If your writing is outstanding, no matter who you are, we have a place for it. 

NonBinary Review, our award-winning themed lit journal is published quarterly. Each issue revolves around a specific theme, but we're asking contributors to go beyond the old familiar media tropes. 

 We're looking for work we can read with our whole body - work that gives us goosebumps, makes us see the world differently, has the tang of authenticity, makes us sit up and listen, and smells like....something. This analogy got out of hand. What we're saying is that we're not looking for re-hashes of images or stories we've read before. We want contributors to explore every facet of our themes, really getting in between the cracks, in the corners, all the forgotten places that no one ever thinks to explore. We want to read work that makes us think "I never would have thought of this, and yet, it's so fitting!" 

What we're NOT looking for is work that centers violence, rape, misogyny, racism, ableism, or degrading stereotypes of any kind. We know you're not that kind of writer, but we thought it should be said. 

NonBinary Review accepts reprints, but we do ask for previous publication details so they can be credited.

Prose submissions (for which we pay 1¢ per word) should be 3000 words or fewer in length, double-spaced in 12pt Times New Roman font or similar. 

Poetry submissions (for which we pay a $10 flat fee) should include no more than 5 poems, each of which may be up to 3 pages in length. Please include each poem as a separate file. 

Art submissions (for which we pay a $25 flat fee) should include no more than 5 pieces. Each piece should be at least 300dpi, and at least 600 pixels on its smallest side. Any piece chosen for cover art will pay $50. 

Random Access Memory, our newest feature, showcases hypertext fiction, the kind of stories that can only be told online. Hypertext fiction (for which we pay 1¢ per word, plus $1 per node) may be no more than 3000 words total, and no more than 20 individual nodes, each of which must contain an entire plot point. 

Feedback for Poets of Color is just what it sounds like. People of color may submit ONE poem, up to 50 lines, for consideration. Five poets per month will be accepted, and the Poetry Editors will work with those five poets to edit, improve, and strengthen their work. Submissions only open on the first of each month. 

A to Zoetic Writing Competition will be open for submissions beginning July 1. The cost to enter is $3 USD, and one winner in each category will receive $250, one runner-up will receive $100, and the Editor's Choice Prize for First-Time Authors of $50. All winners will be featured in our year-end book Heathentide Orphans. Our judges for 2022 will be Victoria Chang (author of Obit) for poetry, and Grant Faulkner (author of All the Comfort Sin Can Provide) for prose. 

Only those categories below are currently open for submissions. 



As readers and writers in the Information Age, we are no longer restricted by the longstanding dogma of beginning-middle-end narratives. Free from the constraints of text on paper, we can hyperlink our way to new methods of storytelling and new depths of meaning.

We are now featuring a new, online-only feature: Random Access Memory, where we can read and host your best non-linear stories. Don't stop at telling us a new tale — play with how the tale is told. We particularly want pieces that probe through fresh settings, characters, and conflicts in ways that a mere page-turn simply cannot accommodate. Whether it's through branching paths, uncovered memories, or sudden drops into different characters' minds, twist the medium any way you can.

Random Access Memory accepts non-linear pieces of up to 3000 words in a maximum of 20 nodes. We pay 1¢ per word plus $1 per node.

Please submit your story as a text-based file (Word or similar), as a PowerPoint presentation, or as .html (which will need to be zipped in order to upload it), with all nodes clearly labeled and all connection points clearly marked. 

Read more about what kind of work we're looking for and exactly how to construct your submission here. 

 NonBinary Review is open for submissions inspired by our In Motion theme. We want stories, poems and art that put us in the process of travel, whether it’s on a starship, a railway, a frigate, or even a meditative walk from one setting to another. We don’t want indulgent travelogues: no gawking at the Eiffel Tower or sipping sangria in Ibiza. Play with place and time to uncover what it means to be leaving, sojourning, migrating, or escaping. Show us the implications of approaching an end destination – what it is to be driven, by internal and external forces, toward somewhere else. Move us, in every possible sense.

All submissions must have a clear relationship to our theme and be submitted as a jpg., .png., .tiff., or .psd file of 300dpi or greater. Submitters may include up to five pieces per submission, but each must be a separate file. NonBinary Review pays a $25 flat fee for visual art, or $50 for pieces chosen as cover art.

To submit Poetry, please use this link.

To submit Prose, please use this link

 NonBinary Review is open for submissions on the theme of "family." Just as each of us carries many identities within us, each of us belongs to many families. There's our family of origin, often complicated and tumultuous, that leaves an indelible impression on our physical selves (as powerfully expressed in the poetry of Philip Larkin). Some of us have foster or adoptive families that further complicated our childhood sense of ourselves in the world. There's our family of choice, those people we gather to us to be our support system as we grow and change. There are families of affinity: people with whom we share common interests or experiences. But those aren't the sum total of possibility.

Who are your family? How do you relate to them? How has family shaped your life and your responses to the world? What is the gulf between the family you need and the family you have? We want to know about your relationships and how they shaped you, rather than hearing the story of your (no doubt wonderful) grandpa, Auntie Bertha, or Little Timmy. We want to hear about your accidental families, your surprise families, your fucked up families, and the ways you have carved out a place in your life and heart for them, or managed to build a much-needed barrier between you and them.

All submissions must have a clear relationship to our theme and be submitted as a jpg., .png., .tiff., or .psd file of 300dpi or greater. Submitters may include up to five pieces per submission, but each must be a separate file. NonBinary Review pays a $25 flat fee for visual art, or $50 for pieces chosen as cover art.
To submit Poetry, please use this link.
To submit Prose, please use this link. 

NonBinary Review is open for submissions inspired by our In Motion theme. We want stories, poems and art that put us in the process of travel, whether it’s on a starship, a railway, a frigate, or even a meditative walk from one setting to another. We don’t want indulgent travelogues: no gawking at the Eiffel Tower or sipping sangria in Ibiza. Play with place and time to uncover what it means to be leaving, sojourning, migrating, or escaping. Show us the implications of approaching an end destination – what it is to be driven, by internal and external forces, toward somewhere else. Move us, in every possible sense.


All submissions must have a clear relationship to our theme and be submitted in 12pt Times New Roman, or they will be rejected. Submitters may include up to five poems per submission, but each must be a separate file. NonBinary Review pays a $10 flat fee for poetry.

To submit Visual Art, use this link.

To submit Prose, use this link

NonBinary Review is open for submissions on the theme of "family." Just as each of us carries many identities within us, each of us belongs to many families. There's our family of origin, often complicated and tumultuous, that leaves an indelible impression on our physical selves (as powerfully expressed in the poetry of Philip Larkin). Some of us have foster or adoptive families that further complicated our childhood sense of ourselves in the world. There's our family of choice, those people we gather to us to be our support system as we grow and change. There are families of affinity: people with whom we share common interests or experiences. But those aren't the sum total of possibility.

Who are your family? How do you relate to them? How has family shaped your life and your responses to the world? What is the gulf between the family you need and the family you have? We want to know about your relationships and how they shaped you, rather than hearing the story of your (no doubt wonderful) grandpa, Auntie Bertha, or Little Timmy. We want to hear about your accidental families, your surprise families, your fucked-up families, and the ways you have carved out a place in your life and heart for them, or managed to build a much-needed barrier between you and them.

All submissions must have a clear relationship to our theme and be submitted in 12pt Times New Roman, or they will be rejected. Submitters may include up to five poems per submission, but each must be a separate file. NonBinary Review pays a $10 flat fee for poetry.
To submit Visual Art, use this link.
To submit Prose, use this link. 

NonBinary Review is open for submissions inspired by the theme "In Motion." We want stories, poems and art that put us in the process of travel, whether it’s on a starship, a railway, a frigate, or even a meditative walk from one setting to another. We don’t want indulgent travelogues: no gawking at the Eiffel Tower or sipping sangria in Ibiza. Play with place and time to uncover what it means to be leaving, sojourning, migrating, or escaping. Show us the implications of approaching an end destination – what it is to be driven, by internal and external forces, toward somewhere else. Move us, in every possible sense.

All submissions must have a clear relationship to our theme, and be double-spaced in 12pt Times New Roman or they will be rejected. NonBinary Review  pays 1¢ per word for prose with a limit of 3000 words.

To submit Visual Art, use this link. 

To submit Poetry, use this link

NonBinary Review is open for submissions on the theme of "family." Just as each of us carries many identities within us, each of us belongs to many families. There's our family of origin, often complicated and tumultuous, that leaves an indelible impression on our physical selves (as powerfully expressed in the poetry of Philip Larkin). Some of us have foster or adoptive families that further complicated our childhood sense of ourselves in the world. There's our family of choice, those people we gather to us to be our support system as we grow and change. There are families of affinity: people with whom we share common interests or experiences. But those aren't the sum total of possibility. 

Who are your family? How do you relate to them? How has family shaped your life and your responses to the world? What is the gulf between the family you need and the family you have? We want to know about your relationships and how they shaped you, rather than hearing the story of your (no doubt wonderful) grandpa, Auntie Bertha, or Little Timmy. We want to hear about your accidental families, your surprise families, your fucked up families, and the ways you have carved out a place in your life and heart for them, or managed to build a much-needed barrier between you and them. 

All submissions must have a clear relationship to our theme, and be double-spaced in 12pt Times New Roman or they will be rejected. NonBinary Review  pays 1¢ per word for prose with a limit of 3000 words.
To submit Visual Art, use this link.
To submit Poetry, use this link. 

Our theme for this competition is ORIGIN. Beginning, birth, genesis, foundation, launch, introduction - these are all meanings associated with "origin." Tell us about the jumping off point, about how things got to be this way, about what something was before it became something else, about where someone came from and how they started their journey to somewhere else. 


First prize: $250 and publication in Heathentide Orphans 2022

Runner-up: $100 and publication in Heathentide Orphans 2022

Editor's Choice (prize for best piece by an author with no previous publications): $50 and publication in Heathentide Orphans 2022


Stories may be no longer than 3000 words, and must be unpublished. You may enter more than once, but each entry must be separate and pay a separate entry fee. Please use Times 12 pt, and double-space your entry. 

Our theme for this competition is ORIGIN. Beginning, birth, genesis, foundation, launch, introduction - these are all meanings associated with "origin." Tell us about the jumping off point, about how things got to be this way, about what something was before it became something else, about where someone came from and how they started their journey to somewhere else. 

First prize: $250 and publication in Heathentide Orphans 2022

Runner-up: $100 and publication in Heathentide Orphans 2022

Editor's Choice (prize for best piece by an author with no previous publications): $50 and publication in Heathentide Orphans 2022


You may submit up to 3 previously unpublished poems of no more than 50 lines each, but each poem must be submitted as a separate file. 

Want to get some experience in the world of independent publishing? 


Do you want to learn more about how producing a literary publication works? 


Do you want to get the inside scoop on what we're doing next, and have a hand in making it happen? 


Would you like the mentorship of an entire group of editors? 


You can get all of that at Zoetic Press! Even if you have ZERO experience, we want you—after all, how do you GET experience if no one is willing to let you get a foot in the door? 


You can:

  • communicate with readers and authors on social media
  • help produce the podcast
  • do layout and design
  • do social media campaigns


This is an unpaid position, but it IS a time commitment (an average of ~5 hours a week - less during quiet times, more when we're putting an issue together), and it does pay you in experience, camaraderie, and literary pride.  

JOIN US! We're excited to welcome you to Zoetic! 


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