The Rag is currently accepting submissions of short fiction. We publish 1 story every month, which we distribute through our newsletter and through our website as a free Kindle, Epub and/or PDF download. We offer the standard “pro rate” for all pieces accepted for publication ($0.05/word), the average being about $225 per short story.
We take submissions online here via Submittable. It is free to submit to The Rag for the first 5 days of every month. After the 5th of each month, we charge a $3 fee to submit online. 100% of the revenue we receive from online submission fees goes to pay the writers we publish. We also offer submitters archive access to all 6 previously published issues of The Rag for only $5. See the option below.
Please note, we are no longer publishing poetry.
Short Fiction: 1500-10,000 words, one story per submission.
Flash Fiction: Please limit to 5 pieces per submission or 2000 words total, whichever comes first. Flash fiction is defined as short fiction under 1500 words.
No cover letters or synopses necessary. Please post title(s), author name and word count in the "cover letter" field when submitting. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Previously published work is not accepted. For anything we accept, The Rag acquires first rights for publication, and upon publication, rights revert to the author. Please allow 1-2 months for response.
Size limit: 1MB, 5 pieces per submissionAll themes and styles accepted. Please limit to 5 pieces per submission. No cover letters are necessary (simply enter your name in the "cover letter" field). Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Previously published work is ok, but you must retain the rights to the piece. Please include full resolution images at 300 dpi. All pieces accepted for publication will be compensated with a flat rate of $50--royalties do not apply. The Rag acquires first rights for publication, and upon publication, rights revert to the artist. Please allow 30-60 days for response.
You may submit the video file here, but please note that we prefer 3rd party upload mediums such as YouTube, Vimeo, Veoh etc (just send us the link). The payment range if accepted for publication is $250-$500. No cover letters or synopses necessary. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Generally, for most pieces we accept, The Rag acquires first rights for publication, and upon publication, rights revert to the author. In some cases however, previously published work will be considered, depending upon the range of prior distribution and contingent upon whether you retain full ownership/rights to the piece(s). Please allow 1-2 months for response.
If you're looking for style/thematic guidelines here are some artists we like:
Brad Neely, Mathieu Labaye, Pete Livolsi, Don Hertzfeldt, “Daniels,” Richard Linklater, Katsuhiro Otomo, Christy Karacas, Signe Baumane, Devin Flynn, "How-to-Basic," Carson Mel, Suzan Pitt, Amy Lockhart, John Lee/Vernon Chatman, Derek Waters, Nash Edgerton, etc.