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The Rejected Quarterly 41

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The Rejected Quarterly is unique among literary magazines. We offer quality offbeat fiction you can’t find anywhere else. But that’s not to say traditional literary magazines don’t have a place. Indeed, they provide a valuable function. Knowing how good traditional literary magazines are at their job, TRQ allows them to do the first level of weeding for us. Whatever they want, we don’t want. That’s why we require our writers to submit at least five rejection slips from other publications along with each manuscript. No other literary journal maintains such strict standards. Then the editors select from among the best of this already select group. What emerges always makes for engaging reading.
FICTION: Fiction that doesn't fit anywhere else. All fiction submitted must be accompanied by at least 5 rejection slips (copies okay.) TRQ desires stories that are as unique as possible. We want unusual stories, but high quality writing and a story to tell and/ or a coherent idea/ideas to express are the most important criteria. We will consider just about any type of story, but remember, we are looking for originality.
POETRY: Usually use one or two poems per issue. Currently we are only looking for rejection-related poems. Rejection slips optional.

The Rejected QuarterlyUnited States


FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Weird/New Weird.
HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Weird/New Weird.
Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Weird/New Weird.
Open to all/most Genres 


Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:Experimental, Humorous, Literary, Surrealist.

Types & Lengths

PoemNo line limits known.
Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette7,500 - 8,000 words.

Media & Publication Frequency

P Print PublicationPublished 4 x per year.


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionT Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) per piece.
P PoetryS Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem) per piece.

Submission Types

Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
  ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousFormats Accepted
F Fiction OK OK No UnknownText format submissions
P Poetry OK OK No UnknownText format submissions

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Before Submitting

We cannot guarantee that the information on this page is correct. It is not unusual for publications to evolve or close without notice. We do our best to keep up, but it isn't always possible. Just remember…

  • Always read the full guidelines provided by the publisher.
  • Try to read at least one previous publication to get a better idea of what the editor would like to see.
  • Unless the publisher's guidelines state otherwise, always use industry standard manuscript formatting.
  • For novel/collection publishers, it is standard to submit a cover letter, synopsis, and sample instead of the full manuscript. Do this unless otherwise instructed.
  • Include a SASE with all mailed submissions, queries, and requests for guidelines, unless the editor replies via or email or guidelines state otherwise.
  • Be professional, patient and persistent.


Date Added:
12 Sep 2006
Last Updated:
18 Jan 2015