Dust Jacket follow us Copyright Dust Jacket Publishing, 2017 Short Story Journal

Submissions Guidelines

Stories should generally be 6,000 words or less, but stories of any length will always be considered.

Stories must be previously unpublished in any format.

Stories may be from any genre.

International submissions are welcome.

No simultaneous submissions.

No multiple submissions (max 1 submission per month).

If your story is selected for publication, you will be notified within 90 days.

In the event that we choose not to publish your story, you will still be notified within 90 days.

In most cases, these notifications will be sent within 2 weeks, though if your story is in final contention, notification may take longer.

How to Submit

Please use the Story Submission Form to submit your story.

By submitting a story to Dust Jacket Short Story Journal, you agree to the terms set out in our Writer’s Contract.

Note: Failure to adhere to the submission guidelines may result in your work not being considered, so please ensure you have read and understand the guidelines.


Authors will be paid at a rate of .5 cents/word, up to a maximum of $10.

Payments are made in Canadian dollars.

Payment will be made via PayPal within 30 days of publication.


Dust Jacket Short Story Journal purchases the right to publish the selected short story in print and digital formats.

Writer’s retain ownership of their work and have the right to post it elsewhere 90 days after publication in Dust Jacket.

For more details please consult our writer’s contract.

What Are We Looking For?

We will consider stories of any length, from any genre. Nothing is out of bounds. We are looking for stories that bring something new to the table; originality is of key importance. If you have a story that is unique or challenging in some way, you will have a better chance of being accepted.

The best way to see the sort of stories we are looking for is to look at previous issues of the magazine.