Please note these guidelines BEFORE Submitting. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be rejected. Seriously. Also, please note that this is a general list - certain projects may have slightly different guidelines. Please pay attention to any additional notes further down this page.


  1. Real Name, Pen Name, Address and Phone number are *required* and must be included in the letter with your submission. (There's a spot for this. If you don't have it saved in your profile, please include it in the cover letter .)
  2. Also, include a third person bio in the letter as well. A list of publishing credits is *not* a bio, and it annoys me - this is your chance to let readers know you, a bibliography doesn't do that.  (Also, a list of credits and nothing else REALLY PISSES ME OFF.)  I reserve the right to edit any bio that I think is too long.
  3. Unless otherwise specified, pieces should be under 7500 words.  Personally, I prefer shorter, but will consider anything in this range.  Remember, the more space you take up in my mag/antho, the more you need to wow me. 
  4. Rhyming poetry annoys me. A lot. If you're going to chance it anyway, it better be really good.
  5. No hard indents (hitting the tab key), extra lines between paragraphs, etc. If I have to fix a lot of formatting issues, I'm less likely to accept your story, no matter how good it is.    I hate to have to bold this category, but every issue I spend hours fixing formatting issues.  Don't.  Just don't. 
  6. I will never accept cover art ever.  Don't try it.  There is now a category for interior art for the mag.  Remember that images will be reproduced in black and white.
  7. Pay attention to which category you're submitting to.  The list grows and shrinks as projects open and close. If you submit to the wrong category, you risk your work not being accepted just because it doesn't fit with where you put it.

If there is a problem with this form or you have any questions, please email INKMONKEYMAG@GMAIL.COM - do not send submissions or attachments to the email address. They will be deleted without being opened.

Davy Jones' Locker is a collection of HORROR stories.  All stories should have some connection to the sea or the creatues thereof.

Standard guidelines apply.  Stories must be under 7500 words each. 


Cyberpunk stories.  General submission guidelines apply.

You know the old saying; a picture is worth 1000 words.  For this anthology, I encourage you to put the saying to the test.  Can you write a (roughly) 1000 word short story around a provided image?

Stories can be no shorter than 900 words, and no longer than 1100.  Word count will be strictly enforced.

Standard guidelines apply unles otherwise listed here.  Please read this block carefully before submitting.

The Whisper of a Kiss is a *ROMANCE* anthology.

For this project ONLY:

  • We are only accepting Novelettes (7.5k-15k) and Novellas (15k-40k).  
  • We will allow a MAXIMUM of 10 accepted submissions and/or 200k words.
  • Submissions will be accepted until filled, so please don't wait until the last minute (then again, don't rush your story, either).
  • PRINT COPY UPON ACCEPTANCE!!! (plus discount on purchased copies) 
  • Some erotic/adult SCENES will be allowed, but pure erotica will not.  I know we're dancing a fine line here.  Any sex should only serve to extend the story, not be the story itself.

Around the World in 80 Stories is a collection of stories about travel and adventure.  This will be a multi-volume set and because of that, you may submit up to five stories.  Authors will be restricted to one story per volume.

Most standard submission guidelines apply, with a few notable exceptions.  Because the point of this anthology is to travel around the world from the comfort of our favorite reading chair, there is a restriction on location.  A location may only appear once per volume, so be creative where you place your story.  Anywhere on Earth is fair game.  Also, I'm allowing stories up to 15k for this, but remember - the longer your story, the more you need to wow me.

Restricted Locations: Germany, Kenya.  Don't forget to watch this space.  I'll update it if I need to. :D

April 27, 1584 - Sir Walter Raleigh sends two cousins and several dozen people to the new world.

July 4, 1584 - Expedition lands on Roanoke Island and makes first contact with locals

Fast forward a few years.  

A fort is built, a colony is established. Then they return to England.  Then more people come.  (A lot of flopping around happens.)  By 1587, there are 90 men, 17 women, and 11 children, all trying to make this colony thing work. Included in those people are a little girl named Virginia Dare (August 18, 1587 - ?), the first English person born in America.  John White and a few other people return to England with the plan of coming back soon.

In August 1590, the men finally come back to Roanoke.  Except the colony is gone.  Totally empty.  Buildings dismantled and taken, people gone.  With no signs of struggle, and no clues, except one.  The word "Croatoan" carved into a post on the fort, and "cro" carved into a nearby tree.

He decided that this meant they went to nearby Croatoan Island, but a storm popped up, and instead of ever checking the island, he went all the way back to England.  Way to go.   

So what happened?  History has a few ideas, all of them boring, and none of them can be proven.  So let's write our own endings.  Tell me who and what and where and how.  Give me the Why.  It's up to you.

There are numerous resources for info on the colony.  Wikipedia's info base is decent.  

Standard Ink Monkey Press submission guidelines apply. 

To submit to blots, please include your name, pen name, address, phone number, email address and third person bio (bio to appear on the website only).

You may submit up to five pieces of fiction and/or poetry in ONE submission.
Single comic cells 5" high by 4" wide or smaller may be considered as well.

Submission guidelines:

1. Each issue is limited to a single poet.

2. When submitting, you may include up to 30 poems, although the chapbook will be limited to 12 pages, so not all poems may be included.

3. All submissions must include LEGAL NAME, PEN NAME (if applicable), ADDRESS, EMAIL, and PHONE NUMBER. This information will never be shared and in most cases may not even be used. However, submissions without this information will be rejected. Also, we ask for a third person BIO of less than five sentences.

4. Payment will consist of FIVE copies of the finished chapbook. No more, no less. Additional copies may be ordered at a discounted rate. NOTE: These will be printed in a limited edition of 100 copies available for sale.

I have to do it.  My love for flash fiction is too strong not to.  Announcing...

 BLINK! Fiction for the time impaired  

I'm planning a fat book of little stories - perfect to keep in a backpack, on the back of the toilet, in the living room so you can read during commercials, whatever makes you happy.  

Special guidelines for this antho:

  • Stories must be between 100 and 250 words.  This will be strictly enforced.  
  • You may submit up to 10 stories for this anthology.  Please put each story in a separate submission.
  • The fiction is small, so the bio should be too - limit it to about one sentence or 20 words.  (I'll let you include a longer one for the website if you'd like to...)


Also, for this anthology *ONLY* we will consider artwork that can be easily reproduced in a black and white format.  

  • any two dimentional image will be considered
  • Must look good shrunk down as small as 3.5 x 5" in size.
  • same submission limits and bio guidelines as listed above.


Remember, this is a for the love antho.  Each editor will chose a favorite submission to receive a free print copy of the antho, and one copy will be given to our favorite art submission.  All stories will be entered into a random drawing for additional free copies as well!  

You know you do it. A story comes to mind, you rush in, put words to paper in whatever method you most prefer. Your characters, they're in your head, and they're dancing, singing, anything to get your attention. So you listen, and you transcribe.
But what do you do when they tell you to do things a little differently? Sure, you can make the barber be a mechanic (or the lumberjack be a barber), but can you let them tell their story from a different point of view? You think you can. You want to. You do.

1. Stories *MUST* be at least partially written in second person. Saying "You come here" in dialogue does not count as second person.
2. Submissions must be 1" margins, 1.5 or double spaced, with a 10 or 12 point readable font. (Arial, Times New Roman, Courier New, etc)
3. ABSOLUTELY NO role playing games or chose your own adventure things. I want to see what you can do with second person, not that you can follow the same format that's been done to death elsewhere.
4. Include your contact information (real name, pen name, address, phone, email) and a third person bio (lol!) with your submission. (2-3 lines, please)
5. No reprints.