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X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine

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X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine’s vision is to publish cutting-edge, smart, uncomfortable, entertaining, unforgettable prose that shines brighter than the skeleton in your body. We believe that the great aim of literature is to give the reader more complex and penetrating eyes. We want prose that sees through skin and reveals something deeper.

Voluntary Fees: This project accepts voluntary fees for "tip jar" submissions.
Important: Longer fiction (over 2,000 words) is only accepted on the first of every month and capped at a small number of submissions.
Submission Caps: They may close to submissions early if they reach their quota. Check before submitting.
Want more insight into the editors' preferences? Read our interview with the editor(s).

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2018

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationUnknown publication frequency.

Fiction Open

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment No monetary payment.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Unknown.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Nonfiction Open

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Interview InterviewNo specific word count limits known.
Review ReviewNo specific word count limits known.
Essay EssayUp to 7,500 words.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 7,500 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Critical, Experimental, Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics, including: Literature/Books (Theory/Analysis/Criticism).

Payment:

No monetary payment No monetary payment.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Unknown.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Visual Art Closed

This project has permanently closed to submissions in this category.

Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
AccuracyWe have received 331 reports from 242 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported0 min | 32.0 mean avg | 30.0 median | 119 max days (16.8 std dev)
Responses88.51 %
Acceptances2.11 % of submissions accepted (40.4 avg. days per acceptance) | 2.89 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections86.40 % (33.4 avg. days per rejection) | 17.5 % personal, 64.3 % form, 18.2 % unspecified
Non-Responses11.48 %
Lost/Returned-
Never Responded0.30 % (119.0 avg. days before reporting submissions as never responded)
Withdrawals11.18 % (16.9 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending41 responses are pending (3 min | 37.9 mean avg | 34.0 median | 200 max days waiting | 32.5 std dev) from 40 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 56 days. (6.3 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 56 days.)
The most common submission tip paid: USD $3.00. (17.4 % reported giving a tip.)
Most submissions are acknowledged within one day.
Most recent response reported was received on 16 May 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 03 May 2024.

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Dates

Last Updated: 02 May 2024
Last Audited: 29 Feb 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 26 Mar 2018

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