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The Metastatic Whatnot

Publisher: Daniel Poindexter

Established: 2003

Frequency: Quarterly

Circulation: N/A

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


Guidelines URL: Click here for writer's guidelines information.

Rights: First electronic rights

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

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.

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

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.

Art/Photo Needs: Query first to

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

Short stories pay $10 on publication.

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.

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.

Tips for Writers: 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.

Sample Copies/Subscription Information: The current issue and archives are always viewable at

This listing was lated updated on Jun-10-2003.

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