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May 31, 2022

Otis Nebula publishes incandescent, substantial work that surprises itself. Though the primary focus is on poetry, we’re open to all forms. We’ve always been a refuge for underrepresented voices. Beginning in summer 2022, we will feature exactly twelve writers in each issue. The submission window stays open until we have found “the twelve,” then swiftly closes for an indeterminate amount of time. Please keep in mind that if your work is accepted for publication, you will be expected to participate in the creation of an otis for the issue. This quick, fun writing game has the potential to turn contributors into a community.

Please take a gander at our past issues before submitting. If you don’t like what you read, chances are we won’t like reading you. (Sounds harsh but we don’t need to tell you how subjective all this is.) Ladies, please send us work. For every ten submissions we receive from dudes, we get one from a non-dude, maybe less.

poetry: Send us up to six poems in the body of the email or (if you must) as an attachment. Note on formatting: Even though our antiquated, esoteric web building software is no longer supported by the company that designed it, we will continue to use it until it explodes. The only problem is it does not do well with the funky, funky formatting. If you’re not open to slight modifications when it comes to mega-spacing and indentation, you might not like working with us, though we will contort ourselves as much as possible to honor your vision.   

everything else: Word limit is 3000 words. You may submit up to three pieces at a time. We prefer to read the work in the body of an email, but we’ve also been known to open an attachment or two.

Send electronic submissions to:
otis [at] otisnebula [dot] com

In the subject field of your message, please type your full name and the type of work you’re submitting (fiction, poetry, etc). All submissions should be previously unpublished and include a short, third person biography. Please keep bios under seventy-five words. We reserve the right to edit bios in the interests of brevity and style, and we do often make editorial suggestions on the work as well.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. Response time varies from a few days to many, many months. Even years. We personally read everything that is sent, but dispersing rejections saddens us and so we rarely get around to doing it. If it’s been six months, assume that we’re passing on the work you sent us this time. That said, we’ve definitely been known to suddenly want to publish a piece years after receiving it. If uncertainty isn’t your thing, and it’s been at least three months, do email us. We will gladly respond in a fairly timely manner. Simultaneous submitters, please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere by dropping us a line, preferably in the original thread you used to submit.

Otis Nebula reserves First North American Serial Rights with all rights reverting to the author upon publication. We also reserve the right to feature your work on our social media platforms. At this time, we are not a paying market. We are a machine that runs on volunteer labor and love. What we can offer is a beautiful home for your work that readers from around the world will have access to for as long as there’s electricity. Our readership is large: an average of around 10,000 unique visits a month from readers in over 86 countries. Work from our site has been featured on Verse Daily and in various literary podcasts.

We look forward to seeing what you’ve been up to!

Want to learn how to otis? Click here. And then, if it behooves you, use words sparked by the twelve images below to create an otis. Even better, start a game with your friends (can be done remotely), and send it to us for possible inclusion in a forthcoming issue. Just know that we take the rules very seriously and only publish otises that do as well.