Ends on June 1, 2017
What sparks a story with the power to change and entertain? In our increasingly polarized society, we think the answer can be found in everyday expressions of perseverance, empathy, absurdity, and vigilance. Our new Shockwire Chapbook Series recognizes the need to raise the storytelling stakes in response to intimidation, fear, and isolation. We are interested in works of literary and speculative short fiction and creative nonfiction up to 7,500 words in length, and collections of between 5 and 10 poems. Accepted pieces will be published in our traveling chapbook vending machine, currently installed at the Soup Kitchen Cafe in Fishtown, and will be available for download on our site.

A brief cover letter describing the work should be included in your submission. Contact information including the author's name, email, and telephone number should be included in the cover letter. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if you have the good fortune of your manuscript being accepted elsewhere. Writers will be compensated for accepted pieces.

Submission deadline is June 1, 2017.

"The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers." 
--James Baldwin
Ends on March 17, 2017

We call our chapbook series “The Breadbox” because we want the stories we publish to serve as a source of fresh ideas, preserved in our chapbook vending machine for optimal quality and taste. Submissions of literary fiction and narrative nonfiction should range from 3,000 to 5,000 words in length. We are also accepting collections of up to ten poems. Once selected, the chapbooks will be printed, displayed, and sold in a traveling countertop vending machine installed in coffee houses and other fine establishments in Philadelphia, fueling a compulsion to consume good writing wherever and whenever possible.

A brief cover letter describing the work and why you think it's in our wheelhouse should be included in your submission. Contact information including the author's name, email, and telephone number should be included in the cover letter. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if you have the good fortune of your manuscript being accepted elsewhere. Writers will be compensated for accepted pieces.

Deadline for submissions is March 17, 2017.