Give us INTENSITY with high EMOTION in your writing and bring AWE to readers.

* Please - no simultaneous submissions for stories.You may submit simultaneously for flash and poetry, but please let us know in your cover letter.

Also, we no longer accept reprints for stories. We will accept reprints for poetry and flash only. Please let us know in your cover letter if your work has been previously published.

Give us something unexpected and well written.  Technique, voice, characterization, and language will all play a part in our decision to publish.  Amaze us with your writing, use of language, sense of story, and memorable characters.  Give us a story readers will not be able to forget and will eagerly recommend to others. 

If you want us to take your work seriously, please edit and proofread carefully prior to submission.  Manuscripts with significant typographical, spelling, or grammatical errors—where we feel compelled to grab a red pen after reading the first couple of pages—will likely be declined without being read further.

Our editorial policies respect the artistic license of our authors.  However, there are occasions when changes are needed that go beyond basic spelling, grammar, and punctuation corrections. In any case, the author will always be given final approval, prior to publication, over substantial edits made by our staff. We appreciate your willingness to work with us in this regard.

Format and Deadlines

All submissions should…

  • Have 1 inch margins, single spaced lines, with extra space between paragraphs (and no indents)
  • Do not use fancy headers or footers, text effects, background colors or images.
  • Use a standard font (Arial, Calibri, Times Roman, Courier) in 10, 11 or 12 point size.
  • PDF files are not allowed owing to the difficulties in reviewing and suggesting edits for them. Be assured that all work submitted to LI is protected and no changes are made without consulting with the author.
  • Include your first and last name, and your email address on the first page of your submission.

Our publication comes out once a quarter, in the last week of the months below:

  • Liquid Imagination: February, May, August and November

Submissions for upcoming issues cut off roughly a month before the publication date. We read submissions continuously and all works that arrive after a cut-off date will remain in the queue for the following issue. Due to the high number of submissions we receive, please wait until after four months to inquire on status (liquidimaginationlit@gmail.com) if you have not received a response from us.

Rights and Royalties

Liquid Imagination pays a flat fee of $8 for short stories and poems. A $2 bonus will be added for authors who accept payment via Paypal (which shall be the assumed payment method unless you specifically state otherwise). Note: Only authors in the United States have the option of receiving a mailed echeck. Everyone else MUST use PayPal or forfeit payment.

In exchange, we require:

For previously unpublished WORK

The AUTHOR grants First World Rights to the PUBLISHER.

The AUTHOR grants Anthology Rights to the PUBLISHER.

The AUTHOR grants Archival Rights to the PUBLISHER

For previously published WORK (only for poems and flash - we no longer accept reprints of stories)

The AUTHOR grants World Reprint Rights to the PUBLISHER.

The AUTHOR grants Non-exclusive Anthology Rights to the PUBLISHER.

The AUTHOR grants Archival Rights to the PUBLISHER

  • Assurance that submitted work is not currently published elsewhere (including freely accessibly “public” Internet sites);
  • Authors must warrant that they are the sole author of the work, that the work is original, and that no other entity has reserved the rights required by Silver Pen for publication;
  • Authors must warrant that the work does not contain libelous material or material copyrighted by another party.

Other important Points

  • Pieces posted for critique on a controlled-access website (user ID and password required to access) do not count as “published.”
  • Please - no simultaneous submissions for stories.You may submit simultaneously for poetry, but please let us know in your cover letter.
  • If you use Duotrope, please remember to report your responses. It helps keep us honest.

We have a special theme for the February 2017 issue of Liquid Imagination: the beginning 4 to 5 word phrase must also be used to end the story, but the beginning and ending can have different punctuation to give different meaning to the phrase, but the words must be the same. Submissions will close for the February issue on January 15, 2017. Have fun with this!

We are looking for stories beyond great, we want amazing stories - modern fantasy, science fiction, horror, dark fantasy, or literary. We want awe and intensity. We're shooting for short stories from 1000 words up to 6,000 words.

Submit only one (1) story per file, and upload only one file at a time. Anything other than the first story will be discarded unread. Do not submit another story until we have notified you regarding the acceptance status of your story.

Please note that we no longer accept reprints.

Your poetry can encompass an inanimate object, an animal, musical instrument, faerie, demon, alien world influencing our modern world, or the embodiment of intangible things such as Death or Time. We accept a wide variety of poetry - speculative, horror, modern fantasy, literary, slipstream.

Submit no more than five (5) poems per file, and upload only one file per submission period. Anything other than the first 5 poems will be discarded unread.

We do accept reprints, but please include this information in your cover letter. Also let us know if it is a simultaneous submission.