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We are looking for serious writers with an appreciation for language and the craft of writing. We want fiction with memorable characters and realistic plots, poetry that is fresh and original, and nonfiction that is both thoughtful and entertaining. We will accept writing of any genre except erotica. Fiction and nonfiction pieces must be related to the theme of the issue, while we are willing to be lenient with poetry.
FICTION: 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.
NONFICTION: 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.
POETRY: 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.

Halfway Down the StairsUnited States

Submission Periods

F Open to fiction submissions through Monday, May 1, 2017 (39.3 days from now).3
N Open to nonfiction submissions through Monday, May 1, 2017 (39.3 days from now).0
P Open to poetry submissions through Monday, May 1, 2017 (39.3 days from now).0


G General 
O Open to all/most Genres Excluding: Erotica.


Audience:Open to a broad Audience. Excluding: Children.
Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Humorous, Literary, Mainstream, Personal, Realist.
Topics:Other (May vary).

Types & Lengths

Essay Essayup to 3,000 words
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative Nonfictionup to 3,000 words
Poem Poemno line limits known; up to 3 pieces
Flash Fiction Flash Fictionup to 1,000 words
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 5,000 words

Media & Publication Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished 4 x per year


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

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 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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  • 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.
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  • Be professional, patient and persistent.


Date Added:
24 Oct 2005
Last Updated:
05 Mar 2017