Otis Nebula publishes a digital zine for which we accept submissions year round. (We’ve also been known to put out paper and ink books, as well as ebooks, but are not reading manuscripts at this time.) Our readership is large: over10,000 unique visits a month from readers in 86 countries.

We are now accepting submissions for our Summer 2019 issue.
The theme is Generation X. Deadline for this issue is May 1. 

We’re looking for incandescent, substantial writing that operates on its own terms. We’re not fans of the academic or intentionally abstruse. We’re open to all genres, cross-genres, styles, and topics, but are especially interested in writers who aren’t afraid to work from points-of-view other than those into which they were born. We believe “the self” isn’t fixed but always in flux, and that the freedom to explore and express this aspect of the human experience is at the core of art in general and literature specifically.

For our summer issue, we’re looking to promote work by writers born between (approximately) 1966 - 1981. Otis Nebula has always had a certain unarticulated slipstream aesthetic and a fascination with pop culture. We also tent to resonate with the unique world view inherent to members of Generation X. So often overlooked by market researchers and everybody else, Gen Xers, the last humans to have come of age in pre-digital times, possess a peculiarly essential, even radical perspective.

One of the things we’ve come to appreciate about the stories such voices tell is how they seem to be skipping the mid-life crisis. They're also reconstructing ideas about love and romantic narrative arcs. And Gen X has managed to avoid the aggressive aspirational tendencies that drive both Boomers and Millennials. (That said, we reject the tired epithet “slacker” because we know they are simply pacing themselves.) Another important aspect concerns the treatment of characters. In many Boomer-led MFA programs, it’s considered a truism that you have to be willing to do anything to your characters; you have to let them suffer. But Gen X writers don’t delight in torturing their creations. Perhaps as a result of being the most unprotected generation to come of age in post-industrial times, they actually find it more rewarding, as author Saladin Ahmed (b. 1975) tweeted, to “help them figure out how to survive and be happy in a threatening world.”

That said, we won’t reject work in which characters do a lot of suffering, we just don’t think that should be the entire point. Please take a gander at what we tend to publish before submitting. All of our past issues are available for free online. If you feel strongly that your work might resonate, send us your poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, interviews, audio, video, photographs, music, or any and all hybrid forms. 

Submissions should be previously unpublished and include a short, third person biography. (We reserve the right to edit bios in the interests of brevity and style.) In the subject field of your message, please type your full NAME and GENRE. You may place your work in the body of the email or as an attachment. Please don’t send more than six poems or flash pieces. As for longer prose pieces, those under 5000 words are preferred, but we’ll try anything once. Response time varies from a few days to a few months. Feel free to query after 6 - 8 weeks if you haven’t heard back from us. (We often “forget” to send out rejections because it makes us feel bad.) Simultaneous submissions are fantastic, just please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere by dropping us a line, preferably in the original thread you used to submit.

Send digital submissions to:

otis [at] otisnebula [dot] com

Send analog submissions or review copies to:

Otis Nebula
PO Box 571
Kula, HI 96790

Don’t forget to include an SASE.

Otis Nebula reserves First North American Serial Rights with all rights reverting to the author upon publication. At this time, we are not a paying market. We are a machine that runs on volunteer labor and love. What we can offer is a beautiful home for your work that readers from around the world will have access to for as long as there’s electricity.

We look forward to seeing what you’ve been up to!


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