Call for submissions

short stories | flash fiction | micro-fiction | poetry | creative nonfiction | visual arts

The Woolf  

Welcome – and thanks for stopping by.

We’re happy to announce that we are accepting submissions for our Fall 2021 relaunch issue, which will feature howl-worthy words and art from Switzerland and beyond.

Maybe you’ve already heard of The Woolf, an online magazine that went into hibernation in late 2019 after nearly seven years of publication. The world has changed since then … and so have we. The future Woolf will have some new faces, a different direction, more mixed media, and maybe a little more mystery (just like the “X” in our new digital home on the web).

Tempted? Take a look at the guidelines below. And if you’re looking for a little inspiration, here’s a prompt for your troubles: twenty-one (21).

Thanks again for your interest. We look forward to seeing your work. 

What we’re looking for

Submissions are closed 


  • Micro-fiction: <100 words (up to 5 pieces in one document)
  • Flash fiction: <800 words 
  • Short fiction: <3000 words
  • Creative nonfiction: <3000 words
  • Poetry: <50 lines


  • Photography: up to 5 images, with an optional max. 100-word statement

  • Illustration: up to 5 images, with an optional max. 100-word statement

  • Film: max. 21 seconds, with an optional max. 100-word statement

  • Format: 12-point legible font, double-spaced (except for poetry), a single space between sentences, no PDFs
  • Please don’t include your name or any identifying information in/on the piece.
  • The file title should be the title of the piece or, in the case of micro-fiction, the first piece.
  • For poetry and micro-fiction, feel free to send a high-quality audio recording in addition to your submission (MP3, MPEG or WAV only).
  • Image format: JPEG or PNG, 100-150 dpi, landscape preferred, 1200px wide
  • Film format: MPEG 4 or MOV
  • Please don’t include your name or any identifying information in/on the piece.

The important stuff

  • We only accept original, unpublished work.
  • While this might seem obvious, do not send us work that makes us question our faith in this already fragile world (i.e. stuff that’s discriminatory, vile, morally repugnant – you know the drill).
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine. Just let us know pronto if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.
  • By submitting your work, you grant us first electronic rights and non-exclusive archival rights. After first publication, you retain ownership rights. If your work later appears elsewhere, we’d love a credit for the first publication.
  • We reserve the right to remove contributions from the website without notice.
  • Submissions are and will remain free, though we’ll be getting out the voluntary tip jar soon enough. While we can’t pay contributors at this time, we promise to promote your pieces once the issue goes live and nominate the best work for international awards where we can.

Submissions are closed