Call for submissions: Brittle Paper | Ongoing

Brittle Paper are always on the look out for new writing. If in doubt of the quality of your work, please look at The Brittle Paper Awards page.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Submit your work by filling out all fields required by the form.

  2. Brittle Paper accept fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, book reviews, essays, literary commentaries, fun listicles, and any writing with a literary bent.

  3. Except when solicited, Brittle Paper do not accept submissions that have been published elsewhere.

  4. Simultaneous submissions are fine. All we ask is that you notify us when your work is accepted elsewhere.

  5. Because Brittle Paper publish for an online audience, they prefer works that are short, sharp, and exciting. Suggested word count:

    • Fiction: no more than 2,500 words.

    • Book review: no more than 1,500 words.

    • Literary commentary, think pieces and essays: no more than 1,500 words.

  6. Always include a short bio and photograph of yourself. Feel free to make the photograph as playful or as formal as you like.

  7. Once you submit to the system, know that Brittle Paper will receive your submission. Because of this, we usually do not acknowledge reception unless emailed separately. However, we are working on a way to immediately acknowledge submissions.

  8. Here are some of the reasons why we might turn down a submission: poor grammar, poor punctuation, poor use of tenses, plagiarism. We would especially reject a submission we deem to be misogynist or homophobic, or one that exhibits supremacist leanings on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion.

  9. Be advised that Brittle Paper will edit your work and sometimes change the title, and if we consider the latter, we will inform you.

  10. Brittle Paper receive over 220 submissions monthly, with a hefty backlog to wade through and because of this, we are unable to reply right away. We regret that we are unable to send out rejection emails as well for works sent in within the year 2019. We can only send out acceptances for now. However, we are clearing our slush pile so that, from February onwards, it would be possible to inform authors of the status of their work soonest.

  11. You retain the copyright to your work. However, we do require that you credit Brittle Paper as the original publisher of the work.

  12. Except on rare occasions, we do not remove pieces that have been published on our site.

  13. If the submission is a response to immediate events on the literary scene, please email it to for immediate consideration.

  14. Further enquiries, including official contacts from publishers and editors, could be sent to

To make a submisson, please click here:

Enquiries about this opportunity should be directed to Brittle Paper, please always refer to their website for complete details and information.

Please note, this opportunity is run by Brittle Paper, not Commonwealth Writers.