Five Points welcomes unsolicited submissions of fiction, poetry, flash fiction, literary non-fiction, and translations in these genres. We encourage you to send us your work. The best way to learn about what we are looking for is to order sample copies of the magazine through our website.

GENERAL GUIDELINES:  Include a cover letter with your submission. Simultaneously submitted works are permitted. Prose pieces should be typed double-spaced on one side and be no longer than 7500 words total. Submit one prose work per submission. Submit up to three poems per poetry submission. Each poem should be no longer than fifty lines. Poems should be individually typed either single- or double-spaced on one side of the page. Please make sure your name appears on all of the pages of your manuscript. See Submittable for further guidelines.

SPECIAL ISSUES: Please check back for future calls for special issues.

DEADLINES: Our reading periods for general submissions are: September 1 to December 31 and January 1 to April 30. We accept submissions for the James Dickey Prize for Poetry from Sept. 1 through Dec. 1.

NOTIFICATIONS AND QUERIES: Our response time varies and may range from four weeks to four months or more. We receive a high volume of submissions and appreciate your patience. Please do not query us until five months have elapsed; we are unable to respond to email inquiries concerning the status of a manuscript any sooner than this. We thank you for your patience.

Our submission process for general submissions and our poetry contest is handled exclusively online via Submittable. We are unable to consider manuscripts or queries sent via the post office and cannot return mail that has been sent to us.

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