Halfway Down the Stairs 136

About

Halfway Down the Stairs publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and book reviews. New issues are published quarterly, and each issue is themed. We publish primarily literary and mainstream work, but accept work in most genres, with children's literature and erotica as the exceptions.

Halfway Down the Stairs

Audience

Country of Publication

Open to a broad Audience. Excluding: Children. United States

Publication Medium & Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished 4 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

We accept fiction related to the theme of the issue. The fiction editors are looking mostly for short stories, but we are happy to consider well-crafted flash fiction. We don't want to be too strict with the guidelines, because we appreciate originality, creativity, and stories that are off the beaten path. We like stories that grab us from the beginning, make us think, and keep us enthralled. Stories should be written confidently and fluidly, avoiding too many adjectives or too much dialogue. We will be negatively distracted by poor grammar, clich├ęs, and a lack of editing.

Dates:
Will be open to submissions from 01 December 2017 (9.7 days from now) through 01 February 2018. 0
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
G General
O Open to all/most Genres Excluding: Erotica.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Humorous, Literary, Mainstream, Realist.
Topics:
Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story1,000 - 5,000 words.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
N No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Nonfiction Temp Closed

We accept creative nonfiction related to the theme of the issue. Halfway Down the Stairs is specifically looking for essays and memoir with a strong voice and a unique point of view. We publish well-written, honest writing that inspires emotion. Humor is also appreciated.

Dates:
Will be open to submissions from 01 December 2017 (9.7 days from now) through 01 February 2018. 0
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Humorous, Literary, Mainstream, Personal.
Topics:
Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
EssayUp to 3,000 words.
Narrative NonfictionUp to 3,000 words.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
N No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Poetry Temp Closed

We are rarely willing to be lenient with the theme when it comes to poetry, and will do so only if the submission is very good.

Dates:
Will be open to submissions from 01 December 2017 (9.7 days from now) through 01 February 2018. 0
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
G General
O Open to all/most Genres Excluding: Erotica.
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Humorous, Literary, Mainstream, Realist.
Topics:
Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
PoemNo line limits known; Up to 3 pieces.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
N No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText 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:
01 Nov 2017
Date Added:
24 Oct 2005