General Guidelines

These guidelines cover the entirety of the site and all TW imprints. Specific categories will be listed within their individual submission calls.

  • Thirty West Publishing does accept previously published work with proper literary acknowledgment, however, we will not accept reprints of entire manuscripts. Any manuscripts submitted during unsolicited periods and/or contests must be unpublished as a whole.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but a note must be left in Submittable. Please withdraw and email us if it becomes accepted elsewhere.
  • We are open to many themes, styles, and forms. We enjoy the succinct; your honed dagger into the heart of this world. Even some experimental and avant-garde will be considered. Surprise and entertain us so we won't forget your name. We will not accept aphorisms, fan fiction, erotica, or any racial/religious/gender/nationality slurs unless you identify with such.

Coming back down to earth from Level 1, we are going to take in Colors for Level 2. Choose a color, or a myriad of a few, and write us a story. The colors could have feelings of their own, or you could identify as a particular color. No matter what you choose, we're ready to read.  And, as a bonus, we are paying for accepted work! Think of yourself as being on a podcast (or radio drama, if you're into that).

Submission guidelines

  • (1) unpublished, original story (fiction or CNF) that is 3000 words or less that follow the current Level’s theme. Max of (2) pieces if under 1000 words.  PDF, Doc, or Docx. Basic formatting, 12pt default font.
  • (1) unpublished, original personal essay/memoir that is 3000 words or less that follow the current Level’s theme. Max of (2) pieces if under 1000 words. PDF, Doc, or Docx. Basic formatting, 12pt default font.
  • An audio recording of you reading the piece, including your name and the title(s). MP3 or WAV only. Clear voice+ambient sound or silence preferred. Try your best!
  • 3rd Person Bio including any social media/website links.

What we won't accept:

  • Academic essays or any creative piece well over 3,000 words.
  • Novel/Novella excerpts. Just complete short stories.
  • An audio and/or text file that is not in English. See Other Important Things for more info.
  • Any racist, violent, explicitly sexual, or illegal activity unless you identify within the context of such actions. This isn't a place to rant about your transgressions or air dirty laundry. We are just a literary journal with a twist.

Other important things:

  • Theme: Level 2: Colors. Very broad so give us what you got!
  • Deadline: 11-30-2020 thru 12-31-2020 
  • Translations are OK, as long as the original author and translator are credited. If you wish to provide accompanying native language interpretations, please leave a note in the submission form.
  • Accepted work will be awarded $20 USD after publication. We distribute payments via Venmo or Paypal only.
  • Elevator Stories asks for First Serial Rights for any work accepted that was not previously published. We will also contain the work in a permanent digital archive on www.thirtywestph.com and request you provide acknowledgment if you choose to republish the piece.
  • Previously published Elevator Stories contributors must wait for one Level cycle prior to resubmitting. (Level 0 contributors would be eligible again.)

Coming back down to earth from Level 1, we are going to take in Colors for Level 2. Choose a color, or a myriad of a few, and write us a story. The colors could have feelings of their own, or you could identify as a particular color. No matter what you choose, we're ready to read.  And, as a bonus, we are paying for accepted work! Think of yourself as being on a podcast (or radio drama, if you're into that).    


Submission guidelines

  • (1) unpublished, original story (fiction or CNF) that is 3000 words or less that follows the current Level’s theme. Max of (2) pieces if under 1000 words.  PDF, Doc, or Docx. Basic formatting, 12pt default font. 
  • (1) unpublished, original personal essay/memoir that is 3000 words or less that follows the current Level’s theme. Max of (2) pieces if under 1000 words. PDF, Doc, or Docx. Basic formatting, 12pt default font.
  • An audio recording of you reading the piece, including your name and the title(s). MP3 or WAV only. Clear voice+ambient sound or silence preferred. Try your best!
  • 3rd Person Bio including any social media/website links.


What we won't accept:

  • Academic essays or any creative piece well over 3,000 words.
  • Novel/Novella excerpts. Just complete short stories.
  • An audio and/or text file that is not in English. See Other Important Things for more info.
  • Any racist, violent, explicitly sexual, or illegal activity unless you identify within the context of such actions. This isn't a place to rant about your transgressions or air dirty laundry. We are just a literary journal with a twist.


Other important things:

  • FOR THIS CATEGORY ONLY   $5 USD submission fee for expedited submissions. We will provide a response in 5 days or less and we thank you for your patronage!
  • Theme: Level 2: Colors: A pretty broad category, so give us what you got!
  • Deadline: 11-30-2020 thru 12-31-2020
  • Translations are OK, as long as the original author and translator are credited. If you wish to provide accompanying native language interpretations, please leave a note in the submission form.
  • Accepted work will be awarded $20 USD after publication. We distribute payments via Venmo or Paypal only.
  • Elevator Stories asks for First Serial Rights for any work accepted that was not previously published. We will also contain the work in a permanent digital archive on www.thirtywestph.com and request you provide acknowledgment if you choose to republish the piece.  
  • Previously published Elevator Stories contributors must wait for one Level cycle prior to resubmitting. (Level 0 contributors would be eligible again.)
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