Daily Prompt:

Cracked Inkpots, based in central Virginia, is a quarterly journal of literature and photographic art. Our focus is on original stories of discovery. Stories that grab us by the hand and say, “Come with me, I want to show you something,” and do so in no more than 500 words or seven lines of poetry.

We look forward to reading your words and gazing upon your photographs. Here are a few things to consider before submitting:

We read year-round, but for your work to be considered for an upcoming issue, please submit no later than the first week of the first month of a quarter (January, April, July, and October). We typically respond to submissions within a month or two.

Please do not send work that has previously been published. Simultaneous submissions are fine; just notify us immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere.

Cracked Inkpots will have first publication rights of your submission. After publication, rights then revert to the author, but we request acknowledgment if a work is re-published elsewhere.

Please include the word “Submission” and the “Title of Your Piece” in the subject line of the email and attach your work to the email. All submissions must include contact information for the author: name, address, phone number, email.

Fiction and nonfiction: Send up to three (3) pieces in one Word document–double-spaced; 12-point type; left justified; one space between paragraphs; minimum of 100 words, maximum of 500 words.

Poetry: Send 3-5 poems as a single Word document, each no more than seven (7) lines.

Multiple entries are permitted, but please make a separate submission for each entry.

Photography: Send 3-5 photographs formatted as jpg or png sized between 1000 and 2500 pixels.

Quarterly Theme:

Send us a maximum of 500 words (no minimum) based on next quarter’s theme: Halloween Horror. Do not submit previously published work.

Deadline is Friday, October 16 – midnight EST.

Daily Prompts:

Send us your narrative or poem based on the Daily Prompt at the top of this web page and we’ll publish our favorite tomorrow. No more than 250 words. All submissions should be typed in the body of your email and sent to [email protected] by 6:00pm EST. Only one submission per prompt, please.