Submissions are OPEN for Issue 9 from March 16 to May 16!

General Guidelines

We publish two issues a year. Submissions are accepted within the open submission period. We strive to respond to submissions as soon as possible, but please feel free to email us ( 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.

If you need to withdraw your submission or part of your submission, please email us ( to let us know.

While we prefer unpublished work, we will consider work that has been previously published as long as you let us know where it was published, and that publication allows for republishing. If you are submitting something that has been published elsewhere, please let us know when and where it was published in your submission form.

How to Submit

When we are open for submissions, they can be sent via Google Forms. For Hybrid work, choose whichever is most applicable.

Refer to the submission guidelines outlined in the Google Form. If you have questions about expectations, please reach out to us.

Visual art submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. If you’d like to be considered for a future issue, please email Send up to 10 pieces in a CMYK, 300 dpi, JPEG format. Please 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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