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

Quality writing in any format is welcome.

We always offer a free email submission option in addition to the paid Submittable option below. We also have a free Submittable submission period at the beginning of each month.

We do not officially pay for stories, but we offer the following benefits:

  • We nominate for the Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, and Best of the Net awards as well as other anthologies.
  • We promote the work we publish and some of the future/additional work of our contributors throughout our five-figure social media following across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We also promote the work of our contributors in our newsletter.
  • We sometimes send gift bags and special rewards to our contributors. In the past, these have included personalized Yeti mugs, Identity Theory merchandise, and gift cards for donuts. 

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

Please note: Submissions are always open. We always offer free email submissions, and we have a free Submittable reading period at the beginning of each month that runs until we reach our cap. 

Please visit the submissions page of our website for instructions on how to submit your writing via email.

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. 


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

2. Bear in mind length should suit the medium—we prefer pieces in the range of 250-4000 words.

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

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