Otis Nebula accepts submissions year round. We’ve also been known to put out paper and ink books, as well as ebooks, but are not reading manuscripts at this time. Our readership is large: an average of around 10,000 unique visits a month from readers in 86 countries.

We are now accepting submissions for our Summer 2019 issue. 

For this issue, we’re looking to promote work by writers born between (approximately) 1966 - 1981. Generation X, so often overlooked by market researchers and everybody else, is the last generation to have come of age in pre-digital times. Their voices are peculiarly essential, radical even.

We’re not looking for pieces that are (only) about “growing up Gen X style.” We ARE looking for pieces written by Generation X writers that resonate with the following two paragraphs:

POETRY: We want incandescent, substantial poems that operate on their own terms. We’re not fans of the narrative, confessional, sentimental, academic, or intentionally abstruse. Don’t give us tidy endings. Do give us mysterious, fearless, wild, metaphysical mic drops. 

PROSE: (What we said above about tidy endings applies to prose as well.) We’re open to all genres, cross-genres, styles, and topics, but are currently drawn to writers who aren’t afraid to work from points-of-view other than those into which they were born. We believe “the self” isn’t fixed but always in flux, and that the freedom to explore and express this aspect of the human experience is at the core of art in general and literature specifically.

MORE THOUGHTS ON A GEN X THEMED ISSUE: Generation X seems to be skipping the mid-life crisis while reconstructing ideas about love and romantic narrative arcs, and it has, for the most part, managed to avoid the aggressive aspirational tendencies that drive both Boomers and Millennials. “We’re not slackers, we’re pacing ourselves,” says Generation X. So often in Boomer literature, authors proceed like it’s their job to make characters suffer. Gen X writers don’t delight in torturing their creations. Perhaps as a result of being such an unprotected generation, they actually find it more rewarding, as author Saladin Ahmed (b. 1975) tweeted, to “help them figure out how to survive and be happy in a threatening world.” That said, we also don’t support the Millenial tendency to coddle the reader (or as readers, be coddled), and we won’t reject work in which characters do a lot of suffering; it just shouldn’t be the entire point.

Please take a gander at what we tend to publish before submitting. All of our past issues are available for free online. If you feel strongly that your work might resonate, send us your poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, interviews, audio, video, photographs, music, or any and all hybrid forms. 

Submissions should be previously unpublished and include a short, third person biography. (We reserve the right to edit bios in the interests of brevity and style.) In the subject field of your message, please type your full NAME and GENRE. You may place your work in the body of the email or as an attachment. Please don’t send more than six poems or flash pieces. As for longer prose pieces, those under 5000 words are preferred, but we’ll try anything once. Response time varies from a few days to a few months. Feel free to query after 6 - 8 weeks if you haven’t heard back from us. (We often “forget” to send out rejections because it makes us sad.) Simultaneous submissions are fantastic, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere by dropping us a line, preferably in the original thread you used to submit.

Send digital submissions to:

otis [at] otisnebula [dot] com

Send analog submissions or review copies to:

Otis Nebula
PO Box 571
Kula, HI 96790

Don’t forget to include an SASE.

Otis Nebula reserves First North American Serial Rights with all rights reverting to the author upon publication. 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.

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


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