Swamp Biscuits & Tea 68

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Swamp Biscuits & Tea is an online journal of imaginative short fiction. Though magic realism is our primary focus, our journal strives to coalesce an interesting variety of styles and genres, of strangeness and familiarity, into a weird and wonderful gumbo that is uniquely our own.
FICTION: For us, imagination is everything. Specifically, our preferences veer toward any of the following classifications: magic realism, literary fiction, slipstream, noir, surrealist, bizarro, weird tale, experimental, science fiction, absurdist, mystery, hardboiled, quirky, fantasy, or any combination of these. We will gladly consider other classifications as well, especially if a story challenges boundaries and inadvertently invents its own classification. Stories with a speculative twist are given preference, but to us, a good story is a good story. We sometimes like humor, but only if it is witty, intelligent, or completely childish. We like dreamy, imaginative, and/or warped realities, which may be drug-induced or otherwise. We like samurai stories and mariachi bands. We like deep plots—the kind you can get lost in without even realizing it. We like characters and settings that are colorful, interesting and memorable. We like original voices, excellent grammar and tight sentence structure. We like strong dialogue, and plenty of it. Finally, we like—and will exclusively publish—only the most unique, superbly written stories of fiction, whether they be from seasoned, award-winning authors or from highly gifted, unpublished newcomers.

Swamp Biscuits & TeaUnited States


G GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Magic Realism, Slipstream.
F FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Bizarro, Magic Realism, Slipstream, Weird/New Weird, excluding Superhero, Sword & Sorcery, Vampire.
M Mystery/CrimeOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Hardboiled, Noir.
S Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Bizarro, Slipstream, Weird/New Weird, excluding Space Opera, Superhero.
O Open to all/most Genres Excluding: Erotica, Romance.


Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Absurdist, Experimental, Humorous, Literary, Quirky, Surrealist.

Types & Lengths

Flash Fiction500 - 1,000 words.
Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette7,500 - 10,000 words.

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.

Submission Types

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  ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousFormats Accepted
F Fiction OK No No OKText format submissions

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Date Added:
14 Jun 2012
Last Updated:
17 Jan 2015