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Riddled with Arrows is a rougue, semi-seasonal online literary journal that centers metafiction, ars poetica, and creative writing and art that centers the process and product of writing as art. Read that again. A lot of people overlook the primary focus of our journal. We publish when we feel like it, often with little notice. We aim for the heart. Our themes and expectations change with each project.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2017

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 4 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

Your fiction may be dreamily unaware of itself as a written artifact or gleefully and openly meta. All that really matters is that it be about writing, or be reflective of itself in some central and meaningful way AND address the current theme. Fiction that simply features characters who happen to be writers doing nothing writing-related won’t cut it.

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
General GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary, Mainstream.
Topics:
Literature/Books (Writing, See guidelines), Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words; Unknown number of pieces.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 1,500 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No OK OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Nonfiction Temp Closed

Riddled with Arrows will consider creative non-fiction, poetic prose, and informative essays in keeping with our meta-aesthetics and current theme.

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary, Mainstream.
Topics:
Literature/Books (Writing, See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Essay EssayUp to 1,500 words; Unknown number of pieces.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 1,500 words; Unknown number of pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No OK OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Poetry Temp Closed

As with fiction, poems may be overtly or subtly meta—though poems that merely use the words “poetry”, “poem”, or “poet” as metaphor are probably not meta enough. We crave poetry that explores, celebrates (or grieves for, or rages against?) poetry itself AND makes at least a nod to the current theme. We enjoy poetry that uses language, form, and other neat tricks to comment on itself; these elements need to be central and forward to count as “self-aware”. We tend to favor free verse but admire well-crafted formal and metric poetry. For the love of Pablo, please be sure your rhymes are organic and interesting.

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
General GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms, including: Formal verse, Free verse, Metrical, Rhyming.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary, Mainstream.
Topics:
Literature/Books (Writing, See guidelines), Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 3 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Unknown payment Unknown payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No OK OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Visual Art Temp Closed

We are always open to meta- (self-reflective) art and art relating to or evocative of the process and product of writing as art. For examples of meta art, look here, here, here, and here. In particular, we want art that reflects our issue themes. There’s a lot of wiggle room here; get funky. We will consider anything: comics, collage, photography, digital paintings, calligraphy, whatever, so long as you can scan and upload it. Rarely do we know what we’re looking for until we see it. If we can find basically the same thing for free on Pixabay, we’re less likely to buy it. We want to sense the eye behind the camera and see the brushstrokes, so to speak.

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Art Media:
Open to all/most Art Media, including: Cartoon/Comic strip, Painting.
Art Styles:
Open to all/most Art Styles, including: Experimental.
Topics:
Literature/Books (Writing, See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Artwork ArtworkUp to 5 pieces.
Graphic Narrative Graphic NarrativeNo page limits known.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (US$10-49 per piece) Semi-pro payment (US$10-49 per piece).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No OK OKImage format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

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Dates

Last Updated: 09 Jan 2023
Last Checked: 05 Feb 2023 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 11 Aug 2022 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 09 Jan 2017

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