The Metastatic Whatnot

Publisher: Daniel Poindexter

Established: 2003

Frequency: Quarterly

Accepts Email Submissions: Yes

Website URL:

Description: The Metastatic Whatnot is a new online literary journal established with the sole purpose of publishing quality fiction and poetry.

Editor(s): J.F. Quackenbush; Nicholas Liu; T. Arthur Donovan

Needs: We are looking for quality fiction and poetry that is well written and shows an appreciation for the nuance of language. _x000D_

_x000D_ We are particularly interested in that most esoteric of genre authors The Literary Fiction Writer. We will accept Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and other forms of Speculative Fiction, but our standards are high and good work should strive to transcend genre._x000D_

_x000D_ Poetry should avoid cliche and display an understanding on the author's part that the 19th century is over._x000D_

_x000D_ We also publish literary criticism, interviews, and film criticism, but are extremely selective in that field; our focus is primarily fiction and poetry, please query first for any nonfiction. Criticism should be insiteful and literate, and interviews should go beyond the limits of fandom and strive to truly examine the subject.

Length: We may ask to serialize longer works, but we are open as to length. We publish short shorts, haiku, and Flash Fiction.

Rights: First electronic rights

Payment: Poetry and Flash Fiction published in the quarterly issue pay $5 US on publication._x000D_

_x000D_ Short stories pay $10 on publication._x000D_

_x000D_ Other material will be in the same range but the pay scale will be somewhat negotiable based on the length and quality of the piece.

Tips: Please be wary of cliche and triteness in your work. We see a great deal of science fiction from writers who don't seem to understand that mindlessly following the conventional structure and language of their genre makes for very bad writing. Also, writers of genre fiction would do well to read more outside their chosen genre, as one of the great afflictions of genre fiction is a tendency towards a monotony of voice and authorial tone.

How to Submit: Electronic submissions only, either in the body of the email or in .rtf or .txt format. See guidelines at

Response Time: four to six weeks for manuscripts, two weeks for queries.

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This listing was last reviewed and/or updated on 2003-06-10