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 We are now accepting submissions through a Google form. Please note that we have also changed our email address to


Please do not send submissions outside of the given submissions period. Our editors volunteer their time and will not be able to respond to work not related to the submissions call.

Also please do not send work via Facebook, Instagram or approach the editor via her personal social media. We ask that you be respectful in this – the magazine email is the appropriate way to contact the magazine.

Genre / Style:

We accept all genres.  However, please make sure your submission is somehow relevant to the theme of the month.


We are currently focusing on flash fiction with a 1,000 word limit. We will read a maximum of 2 stories per submission. We will accept 3 poems per person as long as they are not of epic length.


An important note for poetry: As an online magazine the majority of our readers read from devices and we have found that unusual spacing doesn’t translate from desktop to device.

Simultaneous submissions:

Submitting work that is under consideration elsewhere is fine but we need to be informed if it is picked up by another publication.


Due to the amount of submissions we receive, we cannot accept re-submissions / re-writes of work we have previously rejected.

Previously published work:

We accept only unpublished and original work.  We will presume that any work that you submit is yours and yours alone.


We will only accept work submitted by the author of the work. We will not accept work submitted through a third-party eg agent or representative.


We will give preference to writers that have not been featured in the magazine before.


At The Wild Word we believe a writer should have full control of their work, so all copyright and publication rights remain with the writer at all times. However, we appreciate exclusive publication rights for three months after the issue has been published to ensure maximum impact.


We are an English-language magazine based in Berlin with an international audience.  We only accept work written in English, though will accept music in any language.


The Wild Word is a small, independently-run and, for the moment, non-profit magazine, so both staff and contributors are unpaid.  However we do present and promote all work to the very best of our ability.


If you work is selected for publication we will require a short bio and a high-res headshot.


Standard file format (e.g. .doc, .docx, .rtf).  Please do not paste within the body of your email.  No pdfs please. When naming your file, please use your name, especially if your email address does not contain your name.

Response times:

You will receive a confirmation response through the Google from on receipt of your submission. In the cases of both acceptance and rejection you will receive an email from the editor after the deadline.

If you have not received a reply please check your spam folder as sometimes the editor@ email address can find its way there. Otherwise please feel free to send another email and we will respond as soon as we can.

The Process:

We believe editing is essential in maintaining the high quality of the writing in The Wild Word. Your submission will be read by a minimum of two editors.  If selected, your piece will be read a second time and possibly, third time, during which the editors will suggest edits and make comments.  This process is done in full consultation with the writer. However the editor reserves the right to decide on final publication.

Theme for Next Issue:

The theme for the next issue is the theme of LIVE.  We are now accepting poetry and flash fiction submissions (3-poem limit/1,000 word limit).

Deadline is May 20th 2024.

If you have any queries or questions please feel free to contact the magazine at