What kind of work are you looking for?

We don’t have an agenda, we’re just looking for good reads. That being said, we probably won’t publish your erotic fanfiction. Sorry.

May I submit visual art?

While we do not feature visual art in the mag, we do need cover art for each new issue. Visual art submissions will be considered for the cover and back cover.

Are there any rules?

Just one. The City Quill is a literary magazine for previously unpublished writers. The idea is to help people get their name in print. If you’ve had something published before, we love you, but please don’t send us your work.

I write for my school newspaper. Does that count?

Don’t worry, we won’t hold school newspapers or personal blogs against you. When we say “unpublished,” we mean you’ve never had creative writing published in a journal, anthology, magazine, paper, et cetera. That being said, please do not submit work that has appeared elsewhere. If you have any questions about your specific situation, you can email us at editor@cityquill.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can with an answer.

Do you accept simultaneous submissions?

Yes! We simply ask that you inform us if your work is approved by a different publication so we can keep our content 100% unique.

Will I get paid?

We are working towards the ability to pay writers for their work, but for the time being, we can only offer a free contributor’s copy of the magazine.

So what are my rights as a contributor?

By submitting work to the City Quill, you are agreeing to grant us First Serial Rights (i.e., the right to be the first publisher of your work). Once published, either online or in our print issue, all rights revert back to you, the artist.

Will there be a release party?

Yeah! If your work is chosen for publication, you’ll be invited to the magazine’s release party for an evening of reading, fun, and frivolity! The Issue #2 release party will be held in Greenville, South Carolina.

So how long before I hear from you?

We will not be making any decisions until after the window for submissions has closed. Depending on the volume of submissions, you may not necessarily be contacted if your work is not chosen. However, we will not publish your work without informing you.