Guidelines

Cats with Thumbs aims to be a Literary Fiction and Poetry Publication, appealing to that audience and providing a launch space for writers wishing to be published  in literature magazines such as The Southern Review, Poetry, The Normal School .

In broad terms, literary fiction focuses more upon style, psychological depth, and character development rather than be action and plot driven.

Poetry should speak to the heart, the mind and the soul.  It should sing and dance across the page, through the reader and from the maker.

For both fiction and poetry – this feeling is what Cats with Thumbs is looking for.

If your poetry and fiction sings and dances, and speaks all of the above, we want to hear from you.  Singing and dancing doesn’t mean a dearth of ideas or that thought provoking poetry is not what we are looking for.  That is hardly the case.  Try to convince the reader of something, write outside of yourself and engage the world around you.

Fiction submissions  should have 4 things:

  1. A Beginning
  2. A Middle
  3. An End
  4. Solid and Believable characterization

If your story has these qualities, we want to hear from you.  Plot driven stories should keep on going, this isn’t the exit ramp for them.  Characterization shouldn’t be sacrificed for brevity’s sake.

Please read the Submissions Page thoroughly to familiarise yourself with the rules and the Deadlines Page for due dates for each publication.

Please send no more than 5 poems or no more than 2 short stories Submit to Cats with Thumbs (via Submishmash)

Cats with Thumbs does accept previously published work at this time.  This is not just limited to posts on personal blogs, but publication in other journals or collections.  Please indicate where your submission previously appeared so that it may be so indicated if accepted.

Cats with Thumbs acquires first time Australian rights upon publication, as well as the right to archive your work online.  All other rights revert to the author.  Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere as that is the polite and proper thing to do.

Authors can expect to be contacted with a decision on their submissions within a fortnight of the closing date of the publication.

We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest in Cats with Thumbs.

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