Written by Ella Peary July 27th, 2023

Cape Magazine: Now Seeking Submissions

Cape Magazine in an online publisher of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and everything in between. They delight in both traditional forms and experiments that aren’t defined by genre: “We have no genre expectation, just send us something that is utterly you.” They publish all forms and styles of writing, and they love discovering unheard voices: “from beauty to beast, creative non-fiction to allegorical fairy tales—we just want to revel in the potency of your voice.” In keeping with that aim, they don’t shy away from graphic or raw writing (as long as it’s respectful—no hate, bigotry, or discrimination).

Cape Magazine has been published since 2020, and so far they’ve produced four issues. Each downloadable edition contains writing from around 35 contributors.

Each issue is themed, and the past themes have included “This is the End,” “Unamused,” “Die by the [S]word,” and “Teeth and Feathers.” Right now they’re seeking submissions for their next issue, themed “Excommunicado.” The deadline to submit writing for this issue is August 30.

Poets may submit up to three poems, 40 lines or fewer each. Authors of prose (fiction or nonfiction) may submit up to 2,000 words (one or multiple pieces, as long as the total is 2,000 words or fewer). Cape Magazine also accepts wild word experiments of all kinds, in any style: “If you’re a mad scientist who loves to experiment, please send your findings!”

All submissions should respond to the theme “Excommunicado.” Broad interpretations of the theme are welcome. Cape reads submissions anonymously, so submitting authors should take care to remove identifying information from submitted writing. Submitting authors can expect a response within two months of the submission deadline.

Cape accepts submissions via email, not online or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors withdraw work published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work, including writing published on social media.

Cape only accepts submissions that follow the guidelines they’ve posted online. Please read these guidelines in full before submitting. They do not accept submissions outside the posted submission windows.

If you would like to learn more or submit to Cape, please visit their website here.

Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.


We Send You Publishers Seeking Submissions.

Sign up for our free e-magazine and we will send you reviews of publishers seeking short stories, poetry, essays, and books.

Subscribe now and we'll send you a free copy of our book Submit, Publish, Repeat