Thank you for your interest in The Hooting Owl! We are looking for short fiction (short stories, flash fiction, and excerpts from longer works are accepted), nonfiction (personal essays and creative non-fiction), and poetry. Prose should be between 1000 and 2500 words.

We love diverse voices, especially women-centered pieces from the BIPOC community. New and emerging writers are encouraged to find their launchpad here. That said, we are open to all styles of work provided they are creative, original, insightful and well-thought out. We especially encourage introspective and experimental works that fit in the hybrid category.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that you will notify us promptly once your piece is accepted elsewhere before we publish it. Accepted pieces will be published on a rolling basis and we inform the writer when their piece will run. If your work is accepted for publication, you retain all rights. We just ask that you give us the right to publish it first on our website.

We do consider previously published material of exceptional quality. If this is the case with your piece, please notify us in the cover letter and provide a link to where it has been previously published. Also, please credit The Hooting Owl if the work is republished elsewhere.

Please allow us one month before sending us a query email for your submitted work. We always try to respond as soon as possible. Our submissions are free and we do not pay for published pieces. However, we do appreciate writers’ work. We will read your piece carefully and give thoughtful responses. You may include links to your blog or social media for us to link back to and send some love your way.

Submit only one piece in a single word document attachment (No PDFs). Poetry submissions should contain no more than three poems in a single document.

Email us your piece accompanied by a short cover letter introducing yourself and a publish-ready blurb (3-4 short, fun and personal sentences only) of yourself on:

Happy Writing!

Love & Light,

Wanjiru Ndung’u