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The Rumpus Original Fiction series features original short fiction of a wide variety.

Please submit a short story of up to 5,500 words as a double-spaced Word doc or PDF, accompanied by a brief cover letter and third-person bio. If you are sending flash fiction (1000 words or less), you’re welcome to submit up to three pieces for consideration as one submission.

Please only send one submission per reading period, and if you have a submission pending, please wait to submit again until you've received our decision on the pending submission. Work must be previously unpublished; this includes personal blogs/websites and social media.

At The Rumpus, we are interested in stories that have layers, with elements of surprise and unexpected stakes and points of tension running beneath. Rumpus stories have an edge and a voice we haven't heard before. They tackle emotional depth while not being at all sentimental. We love it when a story's language, plot, and characters feel palpable and dynamic on the page, and a strong sense of place goes a long way. Show us something new, bold, brash, alive.

We encourage simultaneous submissions but request that this be noted in your cover letter. If your submission is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw it through Submittable.

We look forward to reading your work!

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.