Prick of the Spindle

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


PLEASE NOTE THAT PRICK OF THE SPINDLE IS ON HIATUS PENDING A POSSIBLE TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP. SUBMISSIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED. LOOK FOR UPDATES IN AUGUST 2017.

General Guidelines:
Prick of the Spindle
is a literary journal that is open to forms in both traditional and experimental modes, with a special bent toward fresh and innovative voices using language in unique ways. If you are interested in being considered for publication in Prick of the Spindle, please take care to read the guidelines before submitting your previously unpublished work.

We read submissions year-round. If you do not hear from us with a decision within six months of submitting, please feel free to send a query.

To submit artwork for online publication, email a link to your portfolio to pseditor [at] prickofthespindle [dot] com. 

Entries should include a brief 3rd person bio in the cover letter. Submissions should be formatted to read title first, author name, then body text. Please do not use fonts smaller than 12 points or any unnecessary formatting, such as excessive bolding and italics, unless it is inherent to the spirit of the work.

We allow simultaneous submissions only on the condition that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. Upon acceptance, Prick of the Spindle acquires first North American serial publication rights, after which the copyright reverts to the author.  

To give yourself the best chance of acceptance, read the journal to get a feel for what we like before submitting.

Please direct general questions and inquiries for reviews and interviews to pseditor (at) prickofthespindle (dot) com. We do not review self-published works.