The Spring 2018 reading period will be open from March 1st through April 30th. The Gravity of the Thing is accepting submissions for the following general categories:

Flash: a fiction, creative nonfiction, or genre-bending story under 500 words.

Poetry: share up to three poems, prose poems, or media-mixing works for a combined count of 500 words or less.

Six Words: a story in six words; you may share up to five stories per submission, but only one will be chosen.

The Gravity of the Thing publishes work on a rolling basis throughout our quarterly reading periods. A majority of our submissions are read during the months of February, May, August, and November, so you can expect to hear back from us then. We only accept previously unpublished work, and although simultaneous submissions are welcome, you must notify us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere. Please submit only once per reading period (additional submissions will be deleted), and visit our About page before submitting as your writing should reflect our desired criteria.

To submit: send all submissions in a single email, either in the body of the email or as an attachment (.doc, .docx, .pdf), to The subject line of your email should read “Category: ‘Your Submission Title.'” For example:

Flash: “Childhood”

For your cover letter, include the 1-2 sentence writer bio you wish to have published with your work, and, if necessary, specify whether you are submitting fiction, nonfiction, or a self-contained excerpt. If this will be your first publication, please don’t hesitate to let us know, as we aim to promote emerging writers.

By submitting to The Gravity of the Thing you confirm that you hold full copyright on all work submitted. If your writing is accepted for publication, you grant The Gravity of the Thing first-publication rights, and all rights to the piece(s) revert to the author upon publication. If your work is later republished, we kindly request you credit The Gravity of the Thing as the initial publisher. Note The Gravity of the Thing nominates its published works for consideration in national anthologies.