All submissions should be emailed to Please include your name, a brief bio, and social media handles.


Fiction and nonfiction pieces should not exceed 6,000 words. Please only submit one piece at a time.

Flash fiction should not exceed 1,000 words per piece. We will accept batches of up to three flash pieces at a time.

Please submit all prose double-spaced with an industry-standard, 12pt font.


Poetry should not exceed 10 pages single-spaced. Up to three pieces of poetry may be submitted per open call period.

For prose-poetry or hybrid pieces, please stick as closely as you can to the above format.

If you have questions about whether your piece fits our guidelines, feel free to email us.


Artists may submit up to five pieces per open call period (photography included). If your work includes poetry or prose, please email us before submitting.

If you are willing to have your art as a cover for the issue, please indicate this in your submission email. We will contact you if we choose it.


We are very open to cross-genre and experimental work. While we would love to read speculative fiction, we ask that you refrain from submitting high fantasy (we're not saying it's not fiction, it's just not what we're looking for).

Then, there's the "don'ts."

MR. MA'AM does not tolerate work with ableist, racist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, or any other kind of -phobic, really (though we will make exceptions for spiders, which we don't like very much).

We do not publish graphic violence of any kind. Sexually explicit work is okay with us so long as it is relevant to the theme, the integrity of the piece, and does not contain explicit sexual violence. If you are uncertain if your piece meets these parameters, please email us.

Please allow 14 days after your submission for a response. If it's been longer than that, feel free to query us through our email (we don't typically respond to Twitter DM's!)

All submissions should be submitted with the file format LastName_FirstName_Title Of Piece_DateSubmitted.
Please add page numbers somewhere on your piece (we're not picky about where).

We are open for submissions from 2/10/2021 to 4/01/2021.