The Fall 2017 reading period will be open from September 1st through October 31st. The Gravity of the Thing will be accepting submissions for the following general categories:

Short Story: tell us a story in 3,000 words or less; we are interested in fiction, creative nonfiction, self-contained excerpts, and genre-bending forms.

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

Poetry: share up to three poems or prose poems 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 We only accept previously unpublished work, and although simultaneous submissions are welcome, you must notify us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere.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, and visit our About page before submitting as your writing should reflect our desired criteria.

Note that 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.