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Halfway Down the Stairs 209

About

Halfway Down the Stairs publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and book reviews. We publish primarily literary and mainstream work, but accept work in most genres, with children's literature and erotica as the exceptions.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2005

Audience

Open to a broad Audience. Excluding: Children.

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication 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 September 2020 (17.1 days from now) through 01 November 2020. 0
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
General General
Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres Excluding: Erotica.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Humorous, Literary, Mainstream, Realist.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Other (May vary).
Theme(s):
ThemeDeadlineTrack
Inheritance01 Nov 20207
For Sale01 Feb 20213
Love & War01 May 20212
Skeletons01 Aug 20213
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 5,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment 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 September 2020 (17.1 days from now) through 01 November 2020. 0
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Humorous, Literary, Mainstream, Personal.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Other (May vary).
Theme(s):
ThemeDeadlineTrack
Inheritance01 Nov 20205
For Sale01 Feb 20210
Love & War01 May 20210
Skeletons01 Aug 20210
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Essay EssayUp to 3,000 words.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 3,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment 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 September 2020 (17.1 days from now) through 01 November 2020. 0
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
General General
Open to all/most Genres 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:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Other (May vary).
Theme(s):
ThemeDeadlineTrack
Inheritance01 Nov 20209
For Sale01 Feb 20212
Love & War01 May 20211
Skeletons01 Aug 20212
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.
No monetary payment 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.

Visual Art Temp Closed

To support the publication of beautiful literature, we also consider submissions of photography where relevant to the theme.

Dates:
Will be open to submissions from 01 September 2020 (17.1 days from now) through 01 November 2020. 0
Art Media:
Photography.
Art Styles:
Open to all/most Art Styles.
Topics:
Other (May vary).
Theme(s):
ThemeDeadlineTrack
Inheritance01 Nov 20200
For Sale01 Feb 20210
Love & War01 May 20210
Skeletons01 Aug 20210
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Artwork ArtworkUp to 3 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No 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: 01 Aug 2020
Last Checked: 05 Aug 2020 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 24 Jul 2020 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 24 Oct 2005

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