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.


2016 OPEN READING PERIODS:

  • “Print Edition Fiction Submissions” January 1st through April 1st
  • “Web Fiction Submissions” April 1st through June 1st and September 1st through November 1st
  • "Themed Submissions: Dis/appearances" June 1st through June 15th
  • "Themed Submissions: Fragmented" July 1st through July 15th

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.


2016 CONTESTS:

  • “Innovative Short Fiction Contest” February 1st through May 1st [$500 prize]
  • “Book & Chapbook Contest” June 1st through September 1st [$1000 prize]
  • “Flash Fiction Contest” October 1st through December 1st [$300 prize]

About the Contest

The Conium Press Book & Chapbook Contest is an annual prize for a fiction manuscript. The winning manuscript will be published by Conium Press as a standalone title. The winning author receives $1,000, ten author copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. Additional author copies may be purchased at a discounted wholesale rate.

Any length is eligible. However, chapbooks and short- to mid-sized books are ideal. You may submit a gigantic maximalist novel, but every single page better be awesome; filler is for calzones, not books.

This year’s judge is Matt Bell. He is the author of Scrapper (Soho Press, 2015), In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods (Soho Press, 2014), Cataclysm Baby (The Mud Luscious Press, 2012), and How They Were Found (Keyhole Press, 2010). Matt teaches creative writing at Arizona State University. If you are a family member, coworker, or student of the judge, you are ineligible for this contest.


Contest Deadlines

Submissions must be received between June 1st, 2016 and September 1st, 2016. All submissions must include a $25.00 entry fee. The winner will be announced in late 2016 or early 2017.


Contest Guidelines

Submissions must be received between June 1st, 2016 September 1st, 2016. This is a fiction contest. Do not send poetry or nonfiction (but hybrid work is okay). Manuscript length is flexible; interesting and innovative stories are more important than some ideal page count.

Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, and you should not include an acknowledgements page in your manuscript file. The judge reads blind, and he will recuse himself from considering any manuscript where the writer is identifiable. In the unlikely event that the judge is unable to select a winner, The Conium Review editorial staff will make the final decision.

In the “Manuscript Summary” field, provide a synopsis at least one paragraph long.

In the “Biography Statement” field, include a brief third-person bio. This biography statement is hidden from the judge. If you have any author blurbs, you can include them to this text box (but remember, this is a hidden field, so don’t expect the judge to be impressed by all your big-name-author buddies; he’ll only see this after he makes a final decision).

Submissions must be original work. Individual pieces from the manuscript may have been previously published in-print or online elsewhere, but the manuscript as a whole must be unpublished (this includes all print, digital, and audio formats).

If individual stories or excerpts have appeared elsewhere, enter the publication details in the “Acknowledgements” field. This is another hidden field; the judge will not have access to this information during deliberation.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but you must withdraw your submission immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. If you withdraw a manuscript, your entry fee is not returned. You may submit more than one manuscript, but each manuscript submission requires a separate $25 entry fee.

This contest abides by the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses code of ethics.  Thank you for submitting!

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!


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 Online Compendium acquires first electronic rights and nonexclusive permission to retain the piece in our online archives. Reprint rights and all other applicable rights revert to the author upon publication. There is no payment for publication in The Conium Review Online Compendium, but we do our best to stay in touch and promote your other writing projects.

 

Submission Deadlines

We currently have variable deadlines for the The Conium Review Online Compendium. The most accurate dates are available directly through Submittable.

 

Submission Guidelines

The Conium Review Online Compendium seeks pieces roughly 1,000 words or less. Our print publication publishes longer pieces, but the online version is devoted to bite-sized writing. We will occasionally make word-count exceptions, but you have better odds if you stay under 1,000 words.

We're looking for innovative writing. Have fun with it. Flash fiction narratives are great, but also don't shy away from things like lists, open letters, marginalia, etcetera. Please bear in-mind, we want text-based pieces; we do not want images (please, no funky paintings with random words superimposed over them; we've seen enough of those already). Don't send us anything that is wholly dependent on exact font sizes or other formatting tricks; we're not technology wizards, and we'll probably mess it up anyway. Remember, experimental and innovative writing is much more than just messing around with graphics and typography.

You may send up to three pieces at once. Upload your fiction submission as a single file, and make sure it's clear when one story ends and the other begins.

In the "Biography Statement" field, please include a brief third-person bio. If your work is accepted for publication, your bio appears alongside your story in The Conium Review Online Compendium.

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!