Experimental Fiction Magazines Looking for New Writing

Where Should You Submit?

Experimental fiction is less sought after than genre or traditional fiction, but don't be discouraged. There are a number of great literary magazines looking for writing that challenges the notion of what we consider fiction. Here are a few samples of some of the magazines looking to house your unconventional fiction. 

Fiction Magazine


As the name implies, we publish only fiction. We are looking for the best new writing available, leaning toward the unconventional, and we accept a variety of genres: experimental, satire, literary, translations, and contemporary (however, no romance, science fiction, etc.).

Gigantic Magazine


Gigantic is a magazine of short prose, interviews, and art.
Prose submissions should be under 1,000 words.

We are currently accepting submissions for our sixth print issue, Gigantic Ha-Ha, and our first-ever contest, the Penny-a-Word Contest. For more info on both contests, click here. The deadline for both is July 15, 2014.

Big Fiction


Big Fiction celebrates the soul of the long story: generous, transportive, and a little wild. We're an independent journal publishing ambitious and delicious fiction twice a year, in hand-designed letterpress issues.

We consider only long-form literary fiction: novelettes (7,500 – 15,000 words) and novellas (15,000 – 30,000 words). For slightly shorter or longer works, please query us first. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. No genre (sci-fi, horror, fantasy, romance) or children’s fiction, please.



DIAGRAM is an electronic journal of text and art.

As our name indicates, we're interested in representations. In naming. In indicating. In schematics. In the labelling and taxonomy of things. In poems that masquerade as stories; in stories that disguise themselves as indices or obituaries.

SUBMIT interesting text, images, and new media.

WE VALUE the insides of things, vivisection, urgency, risk, elegance, flamboyance, work that moves us, language that does something new, or does something old--well. We like iteration and reiteration. Ruins and ghosts. Mechanical, moving parts, balloons, and frenzy. Buzz us.

WE WANT art and writing that demonstrates / interaction; the processes / of things, both inner and outer; how certain functions are accomplished; how things become. How they expire. How they move or churn, or stand.

We'll consider anything you see fit to send us.

Word Riot


Word Riot publishes the forceful voices of up-and-coming writers and poets. We like edgy. We like challenging. We like unique voices.

The stretching form category includes experimental and unique writing that we feel exists beyond the usual categories of fiction, poetry, and essay. Submissions should be no longer than 6500 words in length.

Mad Hatters'


We’re particularly interested in “edgy,” risky, gutsy, thematically broad (i.e., saying something about the world and its creatures), psychologically and philosophically sophisticated works. Black/dark humor, whimsy, wise satire, irony, magic realism and surrealism are welcome. We love humor because we need it! Traditional arc, resolution, “story” structure are beside or off the point. We look for originality, surprise, intellectual and emotional strength, lyricism and rhythm. We love writers who stretch their imaginations to the limits and challenge pedestrian notions of reality and style; we care little for categories, favoring fusions, alien creatures, and borderline personalities. We also love collaborative ventures, between/among writers, writers and artists, and among writers, visual artists, and composers.

Make sure you're submitting to the right place.

Read both the guidelines and some of the content before submitting, as each magazine has a different aesthetic.