Only two poems and two stories find publication in each issue of Swarm; put simply, we want your best work.
For all submissions:
Please include a cover letter and brief biography with your submission.
The best way to get a feel for the fiction and poetry we aim to publish is to read the work that is available in past issues.
Submit no more than once per reading period. Reading periods open the day of an issue’s release and remain open for two and a half months. We will be open for submissions in the following (rough) windows:
Feb 15th – April 30th
May 15th – July 31st
Aug 15th – Oct 31st
Nov 15th – January 31st
Send one piece of brief fiction or short story (up to 4,000 words) via our submissions manager. Please note we do not consider nonfiction. For a sense of the fiction editors’ preferences, visit our Masthead. You may, if you wish, direct your submission to a specific editor.
Send up to three previously unpublished poems in a single file (.doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf) via our submissions manager. All poems should begin on a new page. For an idea of the poetry editors’ preferences, please check out the Masthead. You may, if you wish, direct your submission to a specific editor.
We accept simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org to withdraw individual poems from consideration. Otherwise, please withdraw through the submissions manager.
We will do our best to respond in a timely manner. If we know the work isn’t for us, we’ll let you know as soon as we can. If a poem or story is in strong contention for publication we’ll hold it longer, though.
Because of our limited number of slots in each issue, we ask that previous contributors to Swarm wait at least two years after the publication of their work before sending us more for consideration.
We cannot currently offer payment for your work. We wish we could.
We nominate for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net anthologies, as well as for several awards, such as Million Writers. Because of our small issues, if selected for publication your work will more than likely be nominated for an award or inclusion in an anthology–in other words, we want (and need!) your best work.
Once you’ve read our guidelines, submit your best to Swarm here.