Submissions are OPEN for Issue 8 until October 31!

General Guidelines

We publish two issues a year. 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, 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While we prefer unpublished work, we will consider work that has been previously published as long as you give us a heads upIf you are submitting something that has been published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 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.

How to Submit

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

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.

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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