Journal Submissions are now OPEN.

We apologize for the delay.

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Send us the thoughts that keep you up late. Send us the bizarre, the odd, the fun, the literary – simply, send us your best.

We are a strictly free verse and short prose publication. We will consider most genres as long as the piece has literary undertones. We are a paying market. We pay $10 per poem and $0.01 per word (up to 750 words).

Submissions for scissors & spackle are accepted from September 20th to 12:01 A.M. EST October 31st. We publish our annual issue in February.

2017 Guest Editor: Jennifer Givhan

Jennifer Givhan’s poetry collection Landscape with Headless Mama won the 2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize and is currently available for purchase (Buy Here). Jennifer describes the collection as, “A surreal guide that views motherhood and the speaker’s relationships (with her own mother, children, and partner) through the lens of hereditary mental illness and cultural and familiar myths.” Jennifer’s accolades are impressive with over a hundred publications. Her work has appeared in the Best of the Net 2015, Best New Poets 2013, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, the runner-up for the 2015 Indiana Review Poetry Prize. Jennifer Givhan is also a past contributor to scissors & spackle. Her poetry collection Daughter’s Curse will be available for purchase through ELJ Publications in 2017.



Please send no more than 5-8 pieces at a time BUT no less than 5 poems at a time, so that we have the best selection of your work in which to make our decision.

Please include a short 3-4 line third person bio in the Submittable coverletter only.


We accept prose of all genres, including but not limited to flash fiction, short stories, creative non-fiction and excerpts.

Please send no more than 3 stories in one document at a time. We accept fiction up to a maximum of 750 words.

Please include a short 3-4 line third person bio in the Submittable coverletter only.


We accept non-fiction of all genres, including but not limited to memoir, essays, interviews, reviews, etc.

We will only publish reviews of books and chaps released by small and/or independent publishers and presses. The big guys get enough attention already. If submitting a review, please include the press or publisher, price, length and purchase information for the work that you are reviewing. If you would like to write a commissioned review of one of the many lovely books we have in ELJ Publications catalogue, or if you are a writer or publisher that would like to have your work reviewed, please contact us directly at

Interviews are not confined to writers. We will consider any intriguing or innovative interview subject.

Please include a short 3-4 line third person bio in the Submittable coverletter only.



We welcome the bizarre, in fact, we encourage it. Send us your lists; resumes; transcribed conversations. The surest path to acceptance is the element of surprise.

Please include a short 3-4 line third person bio in the Submittable coverletter only.

2017 Themed Section and Contest-Assimilation

scissors & spackle includes a themed contest in each annual issue. The theme for 2017 is Assimilation.

A non-affiliated judge will choose a first-place prize recipient and runners-up in poetry and prose. The 2017 judge is Bud Smith. The first-place winner receives $250, in addition to publication and a contributor’s copy. Additional contest entries may be considered for publication in the issue.

Entries are limited to one piece per submission. Multiple submissions are prohibited. Entry fee is $10.

Bud Smith has published two short story collections, one poetry collection, and two novels. They all available at Bud Smith’s Books. In November of 2016, Bud’s flash fiction collection Dust Bunny City will be available through Disorder Press. He also has a poetry collection High July being published by Cheeseburger Nebula in April of 2017. His writing drifts toward the bizarre in an attempt to make sense of the unsettling thoughts we all have. Bud Smith currently writes the Work Safe or Die Trying column for Real Pants. If you go to his website (, you can find a comprehensive list of all of his publications.




: the act or process of assimilating, or of absorbing information, experiences, etc.

: the state or condition of being assimilated, or of being absorbed into something.

: the process of adapting or adjusting to the culture of a group or nation or the state of being so adapted.

: (Physiology) the conversion of absorbed food into the substance of the body.

: (Botany) the total process of plant nutrition, including photosynthesis and the absorption of raw materials.

: (Sociology) the merging of cultural traits from previously distinct cultural groups, not involving biological amalgamation.

: (Phonetics) the act or process by which a sound becomes identical with or similar to a neighboring sound in one or more defining characteristics, as a place of articulation, voice/voicelessness, or manner of articulation (gram-pah for grandpa).

Guidelines Applicable to ALL Submissions:

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable so long as we are notified in your coverletter and if/when your work is accepted by another publication. We do not permit multiple submissions. You may submit again only after you receive a declination at any time during the open window.

If your work is accepted by another publication, please let us know where it was accepted in your withdrawal so we can send our many congratulations. Please do not withdraw a piece once your work has been accepted. We have a limited amount of slots for our issue.


All rights remain with the writer, we take only First North American Rights to publish. All rights revert back to the author. We only ask that in subsequent publications you credit scissors & spackle as having first published the piece(s) and that you grant permission for us to permanently archive your work as part of the issue in which you are published in, including any print anthologies that may be dreamed of and published at any time in the future.


scissors & spackle is a paying market. The rate is $10 per poem and $0.01 per word, up to 750 words. In addition to payment, author’s whose work appear in the issue receive one contributor’s copy. Contributor’s will also be given a 15% discount code to purchase additional copies from ELJ BookNook.

Finally, please consider reporting your submission to us to Duotrope, a writer’s resource.

For any questions about The Journal, please contact us at