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Metazen 35

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METAZEN is an online fic­tion zine that pub­lishes short fic­tion and poetry by var­i­ous authors. Metazen is a fly­trap for metafic­tion, exis­ten­tial­ism and absur­dism. It har­bors all kinds of filth such as neu­rotic char­ac­ters, obscure philoso­phies, love for inan­i­mate objects and quests toward enlightenment.
FICTION: Kinds of fiction we like: Experimental fiction, literary fiction, metafiction, meta-meta fiction, magical realism, absurdist fiction, surreal fiction, K-Mart realism, minimalist fiction. We like all of this stuff. We like things that feel true in non-normal ways. We like text that is broken up and structures that seem unfamiliar. We like to read things that show a kind of suffering went into the work. We like pieces that use minimal means to achieve maximum potential.
NONFICTION: We will accept reviews of poetry, ebooks, chaps, novels or anything else remotely related to the literary world. Be creative in your reviewing but note, we are not out to burn or scathe, but to enlighten potential readers. Do not submit anything with the slightest tinge of hate. Your reviews may come in any format so long as they possess some combination of wit, intelligence and heart.
POETRY: Poems should have a particular aesthetic quality that fits with under the nearly tattered umbrella of “experimental”. We like poems that challenge us to think of things in fresh ways. We like poems that fetch things from inside of us that seemed lost. We like poems with odd lilts. We like anticipal poetry. We like poems that have been accepted and then rejected from the Paris Review. Your poetry should have a subtle sexiness.





Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms, including: Experimental poetry.
Styles:Absurdist, Experimental, Literary.

Types & Lengths

Review30 - 35,000 words.
PoemNo line limits known; Up to 2 pieces.
Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Short Story1,000 - 2,000 words; Up to 2 pieces.

Media & Publication Frequency

E Electronic PublicationUnknown publication frequency.


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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  • Always read the full guidelines provided by the publisher.
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Date Added:
12 Jul 2009
Last Updated:
05 Jan 2015