Written by Ella Peary October 26th, 2023

Last Syllable: Now Seeking Submissions

Last Syllable is a brand-new online journal of longform writing. They publish longform poetry, prose, and multi-modal work: “we aim to make a space where long-form pieces are the expectation — not the exception.” They pay $20 for each published piece.

Last Syllable is produced by the MFA students at Point Loma Nazarene University. They plan to publish online twice a year, and right now they’re seeking submissions for their first issue, through October 31st.

Poets may submit up to three poems. Last Syllable likes long poems or poems linked in a series. They prefer poems that are longer than one page, but shorter than five. Authors of fiction and creative nonfiction may submit one piece, 5,000 to 25,000 words.

Last Syllable also offers an “Open Genre” submission category for work that defies classification. In this category, they accept song lyrics, multimodal stories, comics, and experimental forms. They also accept writing in this category that’s assisted by AI, as long as it’s submitted with an explanation of how and why AI was used. They do not accept writing that’s entirely AI generated.

Last Syllable prefers unpublished writing; however, they do accept reprints. They’re especially open to writing that’s been published in part, but not in its full-length form. Also, Last Syllable accepts excerpts from longer writing, as long as the excerpted piece stands on its own.

Last Syllable accepts submissions via email, not online or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors withdraw writing published elsewhere. Authors should send only one submission per genre each reading period.

Last Syllable only accepts submissions that follow the guidelines they’ve posted online. Please read these guidelines in full before submitting.

If you would like to learn more or submit to Last Syllable, 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.


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