How do I submit my work?

Submit your work via e-mail (submissions@superlativelitjournal.com) and please be sure to follow the submissions guidelines.

How long will it take to find out whether my submission has been accepted?

We have a small, highly-specialised team, meaning typical response times can be up to 3 months from the submission deadline; however, this also means that your submission will be considered with the utmost care. Should you be sucessful, you will be notified via the e-mail you used to submit.

Do I need to read back issues before I submit?

Yes! Please read back issues of the journal before submitting, to get a feel for the types of pieces we publish.

If my work is accepted, will I be paid?

If you win the short story competition, you will receive £100. If you are selected as a contributor for the journal, or you win the flash fiction or mini saga competitions, you will receive a free copy of the issue in which you are published, but you will unfortunately not receive payment at this time. Our editors are unpaid and our fees only cover printing and postage costs. Additional money from subscriptions and competitions is reinvested into competition prize funds and, we hope, in future into paying contributors.​

Can I submit to more than once?

Yes! You may submit one piece to the journal per issue. You may submit up to five pieces per issue for each competition.

When I buy the journal, do I have to pay postage?

All delivery costs are included in our journal prices, based on delivery location. Please accept our sincerest apologies for the higher international cost – it barely covers the astronomical postage costs.

Can I submit work that is published elsewhere?

No. We only accept previously unpublished work.

How much does it cost to submit to the journal?

Submissions to the journal are free! The entry fee to the short story competition is £5 per piece (but there is £100 prize money up for grabs!). Submissions to the flash fiction and mini saga competitions are also free. We hope in future to offer prize money for these competitions too, at which point an entry fee may be introduced.

Who do I contact if I have any further questions?

Please fill out the contact form at the bottom of the homepage, or e-mail ross@rossturneracademics.com.

Do you accept simultaneous submissions?

Yes, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere so that we can refund your entry fee.

How do I pay my entry fee to the short story competition?

Click the 'Pay Entry Fee' button on our website home page.

So, when you say you're a literary journal, what do you mean?

When we say we're a literary journal, we mean we publish literary stories. What do you mean by literary stories? we hear you cry. You will find many definitions and explanations as to what qualifies a story as 'literary'. We prefer to go by William H. Coles's definitions in his fiction writer's guide, Creating Literary Stories: Literary: writing that is important and memorable with permanent artistic (creative) value. Fictional: describing imaginary people or events. Story: an account of an event or a series of events. 'A great literary story demands an author's willingness to imagine the most effective characterisation and create plot motives to ensure story momentum and significance, and to provoke the reader's delight.'

I have a piece of work that suits the theme, but it doesn't fit into any of the submission criteria (e.g.: poetry/a 10,000 word piece of prose) - will you still consider it?

Yes! Absolutely! Contact us via the contact for, or our submissions email, and somebody will get back to you. At the very least, we would be happy to consider your work for publication on our website and/or social media (along with author bio, website, etc).

Do you accept international submissions?

Yes! Absolutely! Whilst it is unfortunate that there are sometimes astronomical international postage costs, we do not want this to be a barrier to people's work being published. We accept global submissions, and every piece is judged anonymously by our editors, so authors' geographical locations play no part in a piece's consideration.

I submitted my piece months ago, why haven't I heard anything?

Superlative's annual schedule is: Submissions accepted: 01 Jan - 31 July
Judging: Aug - Sep
Winners Announced: Oct
Journal published: Nov - Dec Whether you submitted a piece in January or July, you will hear from us in October, via the email you used to submit. Please check your junk and spam folders!