(Note: For writers ages 12-7, please see the specific guidelines at the Young Writers tab.)
We publish two issues a year, online only—May and November —and have reading periods from November 1-March 31 and June 1-September 30.
Submissions are accepted only through Submittable. Please include a brief cover letter and bio of not more than 50 words.
For all submissions, please include name, contact information, and 50-word third-person bio in the document as well as in the online form. All submissions should be formatted with 1-inch margins and numbered pages. Prose manuscripts should be double-spaced.
Do not send previously published work (either print or online, including personal blogs). Upon submission to K'in, you agree that your work is original, unpublished, and that you are the author.
If accepted, K'in acquires First North American Serial Rights and First Electronic Rights. All rights revert to the writer after publication. Contributors agree to credit K'in if the work is subsequently reproduced online or in print.
Submissions will be responded to within three months. If you haven't heard from us after three months, feel free to inquire by sending us a note through Submittable. For any work that is accepted, we will require an updated third-person bio of not more than fifty words.
As much as we would love to be able to pay our contributors, unfortunately we are not able to do so. This is a labor of love for all of us, and we will do our best to honor and promote your work.
Prose: 5000 words or less, open to content, form, structure.
Fiction: We welcome short stories of all shapes and sizes, from the mind-blowing traditional story to fiction that blurs the lines between forms, genre fiction, experimental fiction, etc. We also welcome flash and micro fiction. Please submit only one story or flash fiction totaling to no more than the word limit at a time.
Nonfiction: We're looking for slow burns in a world of hot takes, questions asked instead of answers proved. We welcome a wide variety of nonfiction—traditional essay, narrative nonfiction, micro/flash memoir—and encourage experimentation, though not at the expense of factual truth. Too many true stories go untold, and we want to offer space to honor those voices. Please submit only one essay or flash totaling to no more than the word limit at a time.
Poetry: 3-5 poems, open to content, form, structure. Submit all poems in one document. Do not submit individual poems separately. Please don't forget the power voice, sound, and time can have in poetry.
For all submissions, simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please let us know. To withdraw one part of a submission, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please wait six months before resubmitting.
Experimental, traditional, playful, prayerful, celebratory, challenging: human—try us. Show us a new way to tell one of the millions of stories under that glorious sun.
(Note: Although K'in is currently housed at Longwood University, we do not accept submissions from current students or employees of Longwood.)