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Slush Pile Magazine 27


Home to remarkable pieces of literary short fiction, narrative nonfiction, poetry, and whatever else suits our mood, Slush Pile Magazine was created in 2009 as a consequence of founding editor M.R. Branwen's fascination with the eponymous stacks of unsolicited fiction cluttering the bookshelves, baskets and desktops of Harvard Review, where she was working (indeed, where she still works) as a senior reader. Thus, the name of the magazine is both literal and ironic: literal, because most of our authors were found in some slush pile or other. Ironic because, although the term "slush pile" is bandied around the literary world as a synonym for "throw-backs" everything we publish is choice. Let this magazine be one small testament to the fact that the slush pile is not just a dead-end.

Slush Pile MagazineUnited States
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Audience:Open to a broad Audience.
Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics.

Types & Lengths

EssayUp to 7,000 words.
PoemNo line limits known; Up to 5 pieces.
Short Story1,000 - 7,000 words.

Media & Publication Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished 2 x per year.


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionN No monetary payment per piece.
N NonfictionN No monetary payment per piece.
P PoetryN No monetary payment per piece.

Submission Types

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  ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousFormats Accepted
F Fiction OK No No OKText format submissions
N Nonfiction OK No No OKText format submissions
P Poetry OK No No OKText format submissions

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Date Added:
12 May 2009
Last Updated:
29 Nov 2016