We welcome unsolicited submissions. We read them blind, and your work is judged, not your reputation or publishing history. Only as we complete the selection process do we reveal to ourselves what your name is and who you are.
Note: We accept a set number of submissions each month. To maximize your chance of getting your work to us, please try us early in the month.
The Stoneslide Corrective
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All published contributors to The Stoneslide Corrective receive a lifetime digital subscription to the magazine.
What do we want? We’ll look at any genre. We like serious, comic, lighthearted, dark, emotional, and acerbic. The important factor for us is that the work use story, characters, emotions, and other fundamental elements of storytelling to think, to ask questions, to move the mind forward. To get a better idea what the heck that means, check out a few of our stories and read this essay about why we call ourselves The Stoneslide Corrective.
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Stoneslide Books pays a modest advance and a very competitive revenue sharing arrangement after publication.
We like novels with strong character development and narrative thrust, brought out with writing that’s clear and expressive. If you have a manuscript like that, we’d like you to send it to us.
Fiction is the driving force behind what we do. However, we don’t draw distinctions where they aren’t needed. If you have a book-length work of non-fiction, memoir, or something else that seems to fit with our approach, please send it.
We do not read simultaneous submissions of book-length works.
How to Submit
The short answer: Use our submission form.
The details: We accept unsolicited submissions for all departments in The Stoneslide Corrective, including “Correctives,” “Stories,” “A Life Examined,” “Frontiers of Knowledge,” and “The Cynic’s Notebook.” We accept short fiction of any length. If it works as a short story, it’ll go in the magazine. If it works better as a book, we’ll make it a book. If it’s something else, we’ll invent the form for it.
For The Stoneslide Corrective we read simultaneous submissions of works up to 7,500 words in length. If you’re submitting simultaneously, please tell us that it’s a simultaneous submission in the comments section of our form. And of course, should it be accepted elsewhere while it’s still under consideration with us, let us know immediately through the submission manager.
For very long works, send us a good representative chunk from the beginning of the piece. Include a few sentences describing the rest of the piece in the cover letter box. What kind of beast is it? Why should we read the rest of it?
Again, please use our submission form. You will paste your submission into the form. Please use plain text, with multiple returns between paragraphs.