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]

About The Contest

The winning story will be published in The Conium Review‘s next issue. The winning author will receive $500, five copies of the issue, and a copy of the judge’s latest book.

Innovative short fiction should take  risks that pay off. Don’t tell us a story we’ve already heard before.  Show us something new with your subject, style, or characters. Make sure  your writing has a “wow” factor.

The 2018 contest judge is Sarah Gerard. Sarah is the author of Sunshine State (Harper Perennial, 2017), Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio 2015), and True Love (Harper Books, forthcoming 2020). She also co-authored the art book, Recycle  (Pacific, 2018), with Amy Gall. 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  April 1st, 2019 and July 1st, 2019. All submissions must include a  $15.00 entry fee. The winner will be announced on or around September  15th, 2019.


Submission Guidelines

All manuscripts must be submitted between April 1st, 2019 and July 1st, 2019. Your submission may include any combination of flash fictions or short  stories up to 7,500 total words. Upload your submission as a single  manuscript file. Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.  The judge reads blind, and she will recuse herself 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 “Biography Statement” field,  please include a two or three sentence third-person bio. This bio  will not be viewable by the contest judge. If you win the contest, your  bio appears inside the published issue of The Conium Review along with the winning story.

Submissions must be unpublished,  original work. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but you must  withdraw your story immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. If you  withdraw your submission, the entry fee is not returned.

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!

The Conium Review