is an online magazine that has published short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and interviews since 2000.

Quality writing in any format is welcome.

We do not charge for submissions, nor do we pay for stories.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome long as you notify us as soon as your work is accepted elsewhere.

We are unlikely to accept previously published work.

We do not have a regular publication schedule. Once a story is accepted, it receives multiple rounds of edits and goes online when the time is right.

Queries related to blogging, interviews, reviews, and more go to Matt Borondy at

1. Bear in mind that fiction published on Identity Theory has traditionally not been longer than 4,000 words and has rarely included genre fiction.

2. Include a short author biography (50-100 words).

Identity Theory’s nonfiction section is devoted to creative work that is as thoughtful as it is vivid. We are especially interested narrative nonfiction and lyric essays. Take us someplace we haven’t been before, show us something that is not as it seems, guide us with an intelligent heart.

While we cannot compensate authors for accepted pieces, we put our value to you by carefully reading every submission, replying with constructive comments, and publishing the very best material we receive, posted promptly on Identity Theory, an established literary site viewed by thousands of readers every day.


1. Let us know if the piece has been published elsewhere, including online.

2. Bear in mind length should suit the medium—we rarely publish pieces longer than 4000 words and welcome short pieces between 1000 and 1500 words.

3. Include a short author biography (50–100 words), including publishing credits.

We are eager to read your work!

“Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.” – Carl Sandburg

Without granting preference to any style or school, we seek original, unpublished poetry that engages the reader with a strong voice, no matter what voice is venerating within the poem. The confessional, the political, the humorous, the serious, the narrative and the lyrical are all equally welcomed contributors to the website and to the synthesis of poetry.


1. Send three to five unpublished poems.

2. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please notify us promptly if your work has found a home elsewhere.

3. If inclined, you may include brief bio within your email.

4. Submissions are accepted year-round, and responses are emailed back within two months from the submission date.

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