General Guidelines

We publish two issues a year in summer and winter. Submissions are accepted year-round, though we read most consistently during the summer and winter months leading up to a new issue. We strive to respond to submissions as soon as possible. Please feel free to shoot us an email if you haven’t heard from us six months after submitting.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but only one submission at a time, please. Multiple submissions will be deleted unread. We send responses for both acceptances and rejections. Please wait three months after hearing from us before submitting again.

While we prefer unpublished work, we will consider work that has been previously published as long as you give us a heads upIf you are submitting something that has been published elsewhere, please let us know when and where it was published in your cover letter.

Random Young Writers Series

We are excited to offer writers in the very beginning stages of their career an opportunity to publish their work. Writers 20 years of age and under are eligible to submit to this series. The authors of accepted pieces will work closely with editors to polish their work, and it will be published in issues alongside both emerging and established writers. Please follow the guidelines below when submitting your work and include your age and interest in publishing as a Random Young Writer in your cover letter.

How to Submit
Follow the guidelines below carefully or we will not consider your submission.

  • Submissions should be sent as email attachments (doc, docx, PDF) to the appropriate genre editor (see below). Format the file name of your submission as follows: Your Last Name_Genre.
  • Include a third person bio of 150 words or less in the body of the email. A cover letter isn’t necessary, though it’s always appreciated.


  • We accept fiction, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, flash non-fiction, and hybrid work.
  • Email all prose submissions to and title the subject line as follows: Your Last Name_Genre (fiction, nonfiction, flash fiction, etc).
  • Attach submission as a Word document or PDF with the file name as follows: Your Last Name_Genre
  • No more than one piece per submission unless you are submitting flash, in which case you may submit up to three flash pieces (no more than 1000 words each) in a single document.
  • Generally, shorter is better. Longer pieces should demand our attention the whole way through and should not exceed 7000 words.
  • Please double space and use an eyeball-friendly, 12-point font.


  • Email all poetry submissions to and title the subject line as follows: Your Last Name_Poetry.
  • Attach submission as a Word document or PDF and title the file as follows: Your Last Name_Poetry
  • Submit up to five poems, all poems on the same Word document, each poem on its own page. 12-point font. Format your work as you wish it to be read.

Visual Art

  • Email all art submission to and title the subject line as follows: Your Last Name_Art.
  • CMYK, 300 dpi, JPEG format. Send up to ten pieces. Include an artist’s statement and third person bio in the body of the email.


Please note that submission of work to Random Sample gives us the right to publish the work on this website and in future anthologies if we choose. Writers and artists retain copyright over their works and are welcome to publish elsewhere three months after publication on Random Sample as long as Random Sample is cited as the original publisher.

We regret that we are not able to pay writers at this time. We do, however, support our authors with thoughtful editing, promoting their work and other achievements, and by nominating for Best of the Net, the Pushcart Prize, and other literary awards.

If possible, please report Random Sample’s submission data to Duotrope. It is an indispensable tool for writers and publishers alike, and we hope to bring it full circle.

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