Submission Guidelines

Here at The 504, we do have some submission guidelines that we would like you to follow. If these guidelines are not followed, your submission will be rejected.

  1. We accept fiction, non-fiction and poetry up to 5000 words.
  2. We accept flash fiction, non-fiction, and poetry as long as it’s 1,000 words or less.
    • Click here for an example of what we’re looking for. (Novel excerpts must be truly exceptional to be accepted. And MUST tell a story that stands on it’s own.)
    • To see 9 reasons why you should write and submit short stories click here.
  3. It must be work that has never been published before.
  4. You must use this page to submit.
  5. We do accept multiple and simultaneous submissions, however once your piece is accepted elsewhere please inform us.
  6. The window to submit is January 1st through March 15th.
  7. You will be notified of our decision by April 1st.

Things that make us put down stories in a hurry…

I love the possibility of new worlds and adventures, but I need coherence and readability. I don’t want to get caught up because of a lot of grammatical errors.

Rosa Meronek

I focus on story and craft. If you choose to use “-ly” adverbs or exposition they need to do something for your story.

Devin Vandriel

When a story starts with “once upon a time” as part of a weak opening paragraph, or too much exposition between character dialogue, or ambiguous plot lines and extreme racism or sexism.

Dimitri Van Driel

Now you know about our standards and some of our dislikes.

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