SLICE magazine welcomes submissions for short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We’re looking for anyone with a fresh voice and a compelling story to share, and we are particularly enthusiastic about championing emerging voices. The best way to get a sense of SLICE’s content is to read the magazine. You can subscribe here. We offer all contributors of SLICE a monetary award for their work ($400 for stories and essays, $150 for flash fiction pieces, and $100 for poems).

At the core, SLICE aims to bridge the gap between emerging and established authors by offering a space where both are published side-by-side. In each issue, a specific cultural theme becomes the catalyst for articles, interviews, stories, and poetry from renowned writers and lesser known voices alike.

SLICE is committed to embracing diversity, inclusion, and equity. We do not publish work that promotes racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, or any form of prejudice against any group of people.


Our reading period is currently closed. The next reading period runs from October 1 – December 1, 2021. We will be considering work for Issue 28, which will be released fall 2021. Theme to be announced April 2021. We look for work that plays off the theme, particularly in unexpected ways.

We look for work that plays off the theme, particularly in unexpected ways.

Click here during the reading periods to submit via Submittable, an online submissions manager.

Please note, we are unable to accept any submissions sent to us via email or post. The maximum word count for submissions is 5,000 words. You may submit up to: 5 poems, 2 stories, 5 flash fiction pieces, and 2 essays. Please only submit once per reading period. Multiple submissions in the same genre will not be read. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we’re notified immediately if the work is selected for publication elsewhere. All work should be previously unpublished. Please allow up to four months after the end of the reading period for us to reply to your submission.


If you’d like to contribute art to Slice, please drop us a line at art at slicemagazine dot org and include either a link to your online portfolio or a PDF of recent work.


"Slice is among the golden few of modern literary publications, not only because of its fiction, poetry, interviews, and articles, but because it's simply the one everyone is talking about."

-SIMON VAN BOOY, winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and author of The Secret Lives of People in Love