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CafeLit 51

A project of The Creative Cafe Project (see other related projects).


We’re looking for thought-provoking and entertaining stories, though ones which might be a tad different from what you normally read in a woman’s magazine. They should be the sort of length that would make easy reading whilst you drink a cup of coffee, even if you linger a while, but without you needing to rent-a-table.

Voluntary Fees: This project accepts voluntary fees for "tip jar" submissions.
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Country of Publication

United Kingdom

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 365 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 1 x per year.

Fiction Open

Open to a broad Audience.
General General
Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream, Quirky.
Open to all/most Topics.
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 3,000 words.
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment Occasionally pays royalties No monetary payment. Occasionally pays royalties.
OK No Unknown UnknownText format submissions
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CafeLit Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day.
This project ranks among the 25 Most Approachable Fiction Publishers in our database.
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AccuracyWe have received 412 reports from 242 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported0 min | 16.0 mean avg | 13.0 median | 62 max days (15.4 std dev)
Responses96.84 %
Acceptances46.84 % of submissions accepted (5.7 avg. days per acceptance) | 50.00 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections50.00 % (25.9 avg. days per rejection) | 5.3 % personal, 94.2 % form, 0.5 % unspecified
Non-Responses3.16 %
Never Responded-
Withdrawals3.16 % (12.1 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending26 responses are pending (0 min | 12.3 mean avg | 9.5 median | 31 max days waiting | 9.5 std dev) from 23 different members This only includes pending reports of users who have been active on this site within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 30 days. (23.8 % of the responses reported to us for this market have taken longer than 30 days.)
The most common submission tip paid: GBP £3.00. (38.1 % reported giving a tip.)
Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 20 Sep 2022.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 19 Sep 2022.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2022
Last Checked: 24 Aug 2022 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 31 Aug 2022 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 01 Apr 2018

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