microverses: Now Accepting Submissions

***Please note, there has been an uptick in publishers that are not accepting unagented submissions. Too many presses and publishers are getting mass submissions that do not fit their catalogs. DO NOT submit your work if it doesn't fit the publisher's guidelines.

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.

Octavos Cover Image for microverses
Octavos Cover Image

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 submissions@microverses.net.
  • 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

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.



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Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams is a writer and editor for a local marketing agency. She has formerly worked as a writer for the Investing News Network and as an editor for Whetstone, a bi-annually published literary magazine. Aside from writing, Danielle has an unabiding love for all marine life and the outdoors. She loves taking long hikes with her husband and cooking delicious meals in the kitchen.


4 Responses

  1. “White space does not count as a line.”
    But what if you EXPRESS yourself with the white space? 🤓
    Seriously though, it would be pretty smart and creative to capture your characters, moment or fiction with such a small number of words, and still be original.

    1. I don’t make the rules! Lol! 😂 But my mind went there too.

      It’s definitely an interesting way to challenge yourself. Twitter has a lot of those types of contests, so there’s people out there with some practice.

      1. I hadn’t thought of the practice people have been getting for such a thing, with just their online posts. On Twitter, you have think of how to pack as much as possible into that limited character count 🧠.

      2. You really do and I think it’s a great exercise for prose and poetry writers alike to engage in. It makes you very conscious of the words you use to convey your thoughts. It also forces you to expand your vocabulary. you still need word diversity.

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