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PFN – Capsule Stories Winter 2022 Edition: Hibernation

September 20

Our Winter 2022 Edition theme is Hibernation. We’re looking for stories, poems, and essays about hunkering down for the winter and quietly resting. Write about animals hibernating, or write about you hibernating. Send us pieces full of longing and patience as you hide out, slow down, and wait for the end of winter. Write about snow days or sick days and taking a break instead of being productive. Write about fallow periods for the land—and your writing. We are especially interested in quiet, lingering pieces that take place in winter and evoke the feeling of the season.

Capsule Stories Submission Guidelines

We accept short stories, poems, and remarkably written essays. For short stories and essays, we’re interested in pieces under 3,000 words. You may include up to five poems in a single poetry submission (please send them all in one Word document), and only send one story or essay at a time. Please send previously unpublished work only (“published” includes pieces that have been posted or made publicly available on a blog, website, or social media platform). You may only submit one submission per edition. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let us know if your submission is accepted elsewhere. Please include a brief third-person bio with your submission, and attach your submissions in a Word document (no PDFs unless your poetry has very specific formatting, please!).

All writers are welcome to submit, especially writers of color, LGBTQ writers, writers with disabilities, and all writers from marginalized backgrounds.

Contributors who have been previously published in Capsule Stories are welcome to submit. There is no waiting period or restriction on submitting after we’ve published your work.

Capsule Stories does not tolerate plagiarism. We run pieces through Copyscape to check for duplicate content before sending acceptances.

A note on privacy and safety: You will be asked to enter your mailing address before submitting on Submittable, as this speeds up our acceptance process. However, we want you to feel safe. If you do not want to enter your address into Submittable for privacy or safety reasons, please enter a placeholder and let us know in your cover letter that the address is a placeholder. Likewise, feel free to enter a placeholder phone number as we don’t need that info from you.

We are currently reading submissions for our blog and Capsule Stories Winter 2022 Edition: Hibernation.


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