The Conium Review publishes innovative writing. We don't rely on quotas or preconceived notions of what's "publishable."  We want your wildest settings and weirdest plots. We want fine-tuned prose and active characters. We want stories that take risks. But most importantly, we want your very best writing, whatever that entails.

Our reading periods vary. Any calls for general submissions, contests, or chapbooks appear below. You can also subscribe to our e-mail list to stay informed about all our current projects.


  • “Print Edition Fiction Submissions” January 1st through April 1st
  • “Web Fiction Submissions” TBA
Missed the open reading period? You can submit print and website submissions outside the normal reading periods by using the "tip jar" category. "Tip jar" submissions include a $3.00 donation to The Conium Review.


  • “Innovative Short Fiction Contest” April 1st through July 1st [$500 prize]

Tip Jar Details

"Tip jar" donations help support our small press. We consider work year-round in this category. The Conium Review is reader-supported and staffed by volunteers, and these donations help fund our efforts. Our publications couldn't exist with your help.

General Information

The Conium Review acquires first serial printing rights. All rights revert to the author upon publication.  If your story is accepted for publication, you will receive a complimentary contributor copy of the issue.


Submission Deadlines

We consider general fiction submissions between January 1st and April 1st.


Submission Guidelines

You may submit up to three flash fiction pieces, two short stories, or one novella.  We define flash fiction as below 1,000 words and novellas as over 15,000 words. Do not send additional work until you get our response to the original submission.

Upload your fiction submission as a single file.

In the "Biography Statement" field, please include a brief third-person bio.  If your work is accepted for publication, your bio appears inside the published issue of The Conium Review along with your story. 

Submissions must be unpublished, original work.  Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but you must withdraw your story immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.

Thank you for submitting!

The Conium Review