microverses is an electronic publisher of speculative flash fiction, poetry, and other tiny forms of storytelling. They have two different “venues” for publishing: Octavos and Constraint 280.
It’s a new market, and while you can see examples of what Octavos publishes here. There are no current examples of Constraint 280.
How to Submit to microverses
To make things easier, I’ve separated the requirements for the two publishing avenues below. Before we get into that, let’s look at what you need to know about submitting to both places:
- All submissions must be made via email to email@example.com.
- Please use the following in the email header: “[Octavos] TITLE OF WORK by AUTHOR NAME” or “[Constraint 280] AUTHOR NAME”.
- Please paste your submissions in the body of your email. The editor doesn’t want any attachments.
microverses have also pasted a sample contract on their website that you should look at before submitting your work.
To view the full submission guidelines, click here.
Octavos publishes speculative poetry. They are only interested in poems that are less than eight lines. According to their definition, a line must contain at least one character. White space does not count as a line. They pay US$1 per line.
Constraint 280 publishes narrative speculative work of up to 280 characters long. This usually means that microverses is looking for microfiction and poetry. However, they are also open to other things, like Twitter bots that generate tweets.
The publisher also encourages experimental and interactive forms. Code may exceed 280 characters if the printed output is no more than 280 characters. They pay $2.80 for accepted work.
Good luck to all of you who choose to submit. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you.
And if you are accepted, please let me know! I’d love to read your work and pass it along to a friend.
Stay safe, everyone.
Until next time.