About Us

Apparition Lit seeks original, unpublished speculative fiction and poetry. Each quarter we open for submissions that meet a chosen theme. The theme can be a word, a phrase or a feeling. We also hold flash fiction contests each month, where the winning story is published online. Interested in submitting? Check out our Submission Guidelines for more information.

Speculative fiction is weird, almost unclassifiable. It’s fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and literary. We want strange, misshapen stories with enough emotional heft to break a heart, with prose that’s as clear and delicious as broth.

Apparition Lit publishes:

  • Short stories (1000-5000 words)
  • Poetry (up to 2-pages in length)
  • Flash Fiction (1000 words)
  • Nonfiction essays (please do not query)

New issues are released every January, April, July, and October. Readers can purchase these issues on Amazon and Kobo. Select content from each issue will be posted online for free access.

Support Us

Apparition Lit is a labor of love, not a money-making venture. We want to bring you the best stories possible. You can support us by following our social media accounts, purchasing individual issues of the magazine, or donating to our PayPal account.

All donated funds will go toward the maintenance of the website and paying our featured authors and artists.

We also love to see our name online, so please follow, retweet, and ‘Like’ us on Twitter or Facebook.


To submit a story or poem, check out our Submission Guidelines.

Contact Us

We love to hear from our readers! Send a comment or suggestion to info@apparitionlit.com.

If you’re querying about feedback on short stories or poetry, please send an email to info@apparitionlit.com with the title of your work.

Want to know more about who you’re emailing? Check out our Staff Bios!

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Thank you to our friends at Devilfish Review

We also want to thank our friends at Devilfish Review for their advice about the scary world of accounting and legalese. Writing can be a selfish endeavor. We hold ideas close to the chest and fear showing off our perfect metaphors and analogies. There’s the fear that someone will steal our words and turn us into Ariel, mute and unable to connect with our lovers. Yes, writing can be selfish. But it doesn’t need to be. Writers need to bolster each other, speak our truths but be silent when another needs that space. The kindness of Devilfish Review proves that the literary pond is large enough for all of our voices.

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