What we're looking for:

PINBALL publishes short fiction, art, essays, and interviews. Emphasizing the diverse, forward-thinking, and constantly evolving literary landscape, PINBALL aims to promote work that’s both high caliber and accessible—work that speaks not only to other writers and artists, but to the wider community of readers.

In search of that wider community, PINBALL seeks to include genre-inspired and literary fiction, as well as non-fiction essays and comics, into the literary conversation, allowing for permeability and mutation of prose into new territories.

Issues published three times a year: roughly February 15, close to June 15, and somewhere around October 15.

Nuts and bolts:

We accept electronic submissions only, and we accept submissions only through Submittable. No e-mail submissions, please. We accept simultaneous submissions, but let us know if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

We do not accept previously published work, including work published on blogs or forums. Send only one piece at a time, unless the genre category indicated otherwise, and please wait one month to submit more work, unless we ask for more. Multiple submissions beyond the first will be rejected. By submitting, you also will be placed on our mailing list. We won't sell or abuse your contact information.

Please, check the word count limit for your genre. Any submission over that limit will be returned unread.

Payment: $25 story/essay, $15 flash or micro story or essay. Please query for comics. We ask for first printing rights in online, ebook, and/or print venues, as well as promotional rights upon publication. Upon first publication, rights revert back to the author. If you have questions, please write us at thisispinball@gmail.com. No submissions through email, please.

Manuscript formatting:

  • 12-point serif font, such as Times New Roman.
  • Double-spaced.
  • One-inch margins.
  • Page numbers.

Pressed for time? Just don't want to wait? We will review your fiction submission within 10 days and provide a 200-400 critique. All other guidelines for submissions still apply.
Pressed for time? Just don't want to wait? We will review your nonfiction submission within 10 days and provide a 200-400 critique. All other guidelines for submissions still apply.

Send us your best fiction, regardless of genre. If your story is amazing, no matter if it's a quiet rumination on infidelity or a bloody Viking saga, we're interested. Work accepted will be published online and/or in print at the discretion of the editors. 5,000 word maximum; all submissions over this word limit will be rejected unread.

PINBALL seeks nonfiction work. All forms of creative nonfiction are welcome, including, but not limited to, memoir, essay, and travel writing. 

PINBALL seeks engaging, high quality comics and comic art. We're more interested in the styles of Jeffrey Brown, Ryan Pequin, and Alison Bechdel than a single panel, New Yorker-style gag cartoon.

Photos, paintings, drawings, whatever spills out of your creative soul, we want. Send a few images in a single file and, if we like what we see, we'll ask for more.
Send us something unexpected! We're open to all kinds of audio submissions, from narrative non-fiction to, well, just about anything! Submit up audio in the following formats: mp3, mp4, m4a. Multiple submissions are encouraged.