General Guidelines:

Our reading period runs from October 15 until April 15. Please submit only one story or essay, or up to three flash prose pieces, or up to four poems at a time. Multiple submissions will not be considered.

We do accept simultaneous submissions. In the event that a piece is accepted for publication elsewhere, please either withdraw the entire submission via Submittable or leave a note on your submission indicating which piece(s) you want to withdraw.

Only previously unpublished work will be considered for inclusion in the journal.

Response time varies, but we will do our best to respond to submissions within 6 months. If you have not heard from us after 6 months, you may send inquiries to our email address.

Contest Submission Guidelines

Prize: $1,008.15 + Publication
Judge: Aisha Sabatini Sloan
Submission Deadline: November 30, 2018

Submit  up to three previously unpublished pieces. Each piece must be 500 words or fewer. Any genre is acceptable as long as the work is written in prose. Send us your best short-short stories, micro-essays, and prose poems (lineated poems will not be considered). To read the work of past winners, see our Table of Contents page.

Combine all pieces into one document. Our preferred file types are doc, docx, and pdf.

DO NOT include your name or other identifying information on your submission.

Include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, email address, and the title(s) of your submission.

The entry fee is $15 for three pieces and includes complimentary digital access to Quarter After Eight vol 25. Be sure to include a valid email address for delivery of your digital copy.

Online submissions close at 12:00 midnight EST on November 30. Submissions received after this time will not be considered.

All entries will be considered for publication in Quarter After Eight.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan is the author of two essay collections: Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit (1913 Press, 2017) and The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White (University of Iowa Press, 2013). She is a contributing editor at Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics and her work has appeared in numerous journals including The Offing, EcotoneNinth Letter, Identity Theory, Michigan Quarterly Review,, Callaloo, The Southern Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Essay Daily, Tarpaulin Sky, Drunken Boat, Catapult, Sublevel, Autostraddle, The Paris Review and LitHub. Learn more at

Ends on April 15, 2019

Submit one essay or up to three flash prose pieces. Please include all work in one document. 

Ends on April 15, 2019
You may submit up to four poems at one time. Please include all poems in one document.

Ends on April 15, 2019
You may submit one story or up to three flash prose pieces at one time. Please include all pieces in one document.

Ends on April 15, 2019
Each issue of Quarter After Eight features work by an artist or a collaborative project. We seek to present cover artwork as well as an art feature running between 10-20 pages. We encourage all media, so long as pieces can be presented in a print journal.

Please submit up to 20 individual low res files. In addition, please provide a brief (under 500 words) artist's statement in your cover letter.

Quarter After Eight