Next open submission period:
May 15 - July 15, 2021


Otis Nebula publishes incandescent, substantial work that surprises itself. Though we do tend to favor poetry, we’re open to prose forms as well, and we’ve always been interested in hearing from underrepresented voices. Please take a gander at what it is we publish before submitting. All of our past issues are available for free online. If you feel strongly that our work jives with your aesthetic, do not hesitate to send us your poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, interviews, audio, video, visual art (especially photographs), music, or any and all hybrid forms.

poetry: Send us up to six poems in the body of the email. Note: Our web building software won’t handle funky formatting well, so we are shying away from it these days for that reason alone.


everything else: Word limit is 1,500 words. You may submit up to three pieces at a time. We prefer to read the work in the body of an email. Please let us know the word count in your cover note.

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 All submissions should be previously unpublished and include a short, third person biography.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.


Submissions received outside of the reading period will not be read until the period. Response time varies from a few days to many, many months. Even years. We read everything that is sent, but dispersing rejections saddens us and so we rarely get around to 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, in connection with the issue and are always happy to link to your 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 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 thee, use words sparked by the twelve images below to create an otis. Even better, start a train with your friends (can be done remotely), and send it to us for possible inclusion in a forthcoming issue.