Please email all submissions to
Please only submit if you have read, understand and agree to the terms of our writer’s contract
Stories should generally be 10,000 words or less, but stories which are over 10,000 words will still be considered.
Stories must be previously unpublished in any format.
Stories may be from any genre.
International submissions are welcome.
How to Submit
Stories should be submitted as a .txt, .rtf, .doc or .docx file attached to an email.
The email must include your full name, your email address and your alias (if you would like to use one).
If you would like to have a short biographical paragraph (less than 100 words) appear after your story in the magazine, please include it in the email (social media and personal website addresses may be included here if you wish).
By submitting a story to Dust Jacket Short Story Journal, you agree to the terms set out in our writer’s contract.
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 kind of stories is Dust Jacket 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.
Do you accept multiple submissions? (Submitting multiple different stories to Dusk Jacket at one time)
Yes, but no more than five per quarterly session, please. You may attach multiple stories to one email.
Do you accept simultaneous submissions? (Simultaneously submitting to Dust Jacket and other periodicals/contests)
Yes, but please notify us immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere so that we can remove you from consideration.
What rights does Dusk Jacket purchase from me?
Only the right to publish your story, and to not have it published anywhere else for 90 days. After 90 days all rights return to you and you may do with your story whatever you wish.
Can I include artwork/photographs with my story?
Sorry, Dust Jacket is not currently accepting any artwork, photography or mixed media type stories.
Can I submit fan fiction?
Sorry, for legal reasons we cannot accept any fan fiction.
I posted my story on my blog/personal site, does that mean I can’t submit it to Dust Jacket?
I’m afraid so; even posting on your personal blog constitutes a ‘previously published’ work.
I’ve already been published in Dust Jacket, can I submit again?
Absolutely. Keep those stories coming!
I submitted, but my story wasn’t accepted. Can I resubmit it for a different issue?
No, but feel free to send us a different story at any time.
Will you notify me of a rejection?
Unfortunately, we are a small magazine with a small staff, and at this time we can only contact writers whose stories have been accepted.
How long should I wait before submitting my story elsewhere?
If your story has been selected for publication, you will be notified within 90 days of your submission. After 90 days please feel free to submit elsewhere.