The Selkie accepts work by individuals who self-identify as underrepresented in terms of race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, sex, gender, socio-economic class, neurodivergence, disability, and refugee/immigration status. If you’re uncertain about whether or not this is you, please get in touch with us. We welcome work from both established and emerging authors and artists from around the world.
For more information, visit the About and FAQ page or email us at contact[at]


Reading/submission fee: None.
Payment: As much as we would like to pay our contributors for publication, we currently cannot afford to do so.
Rights: The publisher gets a royalty-free, non-exclusive right to publish the contribution. Contributors retain all other rights to their work.


Please note that all accepted submissions undergo two rounds of edits. Contributors need to be comfortable with their work being edited for consistency, content, and grammatical errors.


The Selkie is a non-profit run by volunteers. As such, we ask that you respect our editors’ time and comply with the following guidelines:

  • All work should be previously unpublished both in print and online.
  • Work should be submitted as a Google Doc via the submission form above.
  • Please submit your work using the following file name format: “Author_Name—Title_prose” or “Author_Name—Title_poetry” (e.g. Edgar_Allan_Poe—The_Tell-Tale_Heart_prose). This makes it easier for us to make sure your submission reaches the right editor.
  • The submission form requires you to provide a short author bio (up to 100 words) as well as any links to relevant social media accounts/websites. Please have these ready before you start filling out the form.

Poetry submissions can consist of five poems at most, totalling no more than 120 lines. If you are submitting multiple poems, they should be submitted within a single Google Doc and clearly separated with titles.

When formatting your poems, keep in mind that they will be published on the website/in digital form. If your work features experimental layouts, please make sure to also attach a PDF document so we can respect your formatting wishes, within reason.


Prose submissions should be 3,000 words in length at most. Please only send us one prose submission per submission period.

We accept all genres.

All prose should be formatted in 12 pt TNR and double-spaced.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will reply as soon as possible.

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