Submissions

'Robbed of Sleep' publishes twice each year, in Summer and the early Winter months of the year. We are always looking for a sampling of the strangely dark, the darkly humorous, the starkly beautiful, and the hauntingly deranged to feature in its pages.

Submission Schedule

Feb 15 - April 30 - OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR SUMMER ISSUE

Aug 15 - Oct. 31 - OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR WINTER ISSUE

June, 2015 - Volume III
December, 2015 - Volume IV
June, 2016 - Volume V
December, 2016 - Volume VI

If you are interested in submitting, send your very best work to:

RobbedOfSleep@yahoo.com

Subject Line: 'SUBMISSION (Robbed of Sleep, Vol. X.) - [TITLE OF PIECE], [WORD COUNT]'

An example subject line is as follows:

'SUBMISSION (Robbed of Sleep, Vol 2.) - THE DAY THE EARTH TURNED INTO A WOOLY SCREWDRIVER, 2,500'

Failure to follow subject line guidelines is an instant poor first impression.

You are strongly encouraged to track your submission with our DuoTrope listing.

Guidelines:

We are looking for stories anywhere from 100-1,000 word flash pieces, up through 2,000-4,000 word larger pieces. Something falling in between 1,000-2,000 words will be considered, especially if it's great.

I am willing to look at pieces above 4,000, but not very. This means that if you are sending me something super long, it better be twice as good as it is long to even stand a chance at inclusion. You are much more likely to get something within the guidelines accepted.

Please submit pieces in .docx or .doc format. I'll accept .rtf, but I'll frown a little when I get it.

Pieces must be submitted in proper manuscript formatting. If you don't already use this formatting, I suggest you learn about it now: it'll really make your work look professional. Here is a link outlining the details of the format.

The first installment of 'Robbed of Sleep' featured 18 stories. The second, twenty one. Each volume will probably clock in around there. Keep in mind, a substantial percentage of the featured stories are flash pieces.

You can submit up to three such flash pieces in one e-mail, but please only submit one longer piece at a time. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. I'll rapidly withdraw any stories that you e-mail me to withdraw. I've been there before, I understand. Please wait two weeks after rejection or withdrawal to submit another piece.

We're not looking for reprints. You will retain full rights to your stories, however, and you can publish them immediately after their appearance in 'Robbed of Sleep' without any entanglement of rights.

Starting with Volume 5 (that is, stories submitted from February 2016 onward), payment will consist of $10.00 (US) for a story over 1,000 words, and $5.00 for a flash piece, payable via PayPal, along with a code good for buying paperback copies at cost of materials. If you don't have PayPal, we will make other arrangements.

I look forward to your submissions! Please allow one to three months for a response. I'm not sure how much feedback I'll be able to give on rejections, but I'll try not to be a robot. Thanks again, and happy writing!

Your Editor,
Troy Blackford

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