we here at perhappened mag strive to publish your truth, whatever it looks like. tell us your story how only you know best. while we accept works from all, we especially seek pieces from BIPOC, LGBTQ, and/or otherwise marginalized contributors.
each monthly issue of perhappened mag follows a particular theme/prompt. the current prompt word or phrase is above. please submit only one (1) piece per email that fits the above theme as closely or loosely as you'd like—we're not choosy.
dos: risk-taking, genre-blending, picture-painting, navel-gazing works are always appreciated. we find beauty in the odd and oft-overlooked. we want your lived experiences, your can't-believe-that-happeneds, your moments of self-reflection.
donts: racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, antisemitism, ableism, and all other -isms and -phobias will result in your email being deleted and your address blocked. we will not entertain any iteration of prejudice. the world has enough. suggested sexual content is acceptable, but please do not send us gratuitous depictions of sex, genitalia, or sexual assault.
*using your best judgment, should your piece include graphic and/or distressing themes (e.g. sexual assault, self-harm, suicide, etc.), we ask that you include a content/trigger warning either in the body of your email or the document itself.
*unfortunately, we are unable to accept visual/image pieces at this time due to accessibility concerns and site constraints.
send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org as one of the following file formats: .pdf, .doc(x), or .rtf. in the body of your email, please include a short (25-50 word) third-person bio that will appear alongside your piece in perhappened mag. if you have social media and/or a website, please include your relevant handles and/or urls so we can tag you in our posts!
we're not picky about formatting, but we appreciate 12-pt, standard serif fonts (e.g. times new roman, garamond, etc.). double spacing is great, but if your piece is formatted otherwise, send us a .pdf copy as well so it is published correctly!
please allow up to ten days for a response. if you haven't received word back from us by then, you may send us a query. our average deliberation period is about five days, but this has been known to fluctuate between one day and one week.
we welcome simultaneous submissions, but we ask that if your piece is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately via email withdrawal (also to email@example.com, preferably as a forward/reply). we'd like to toast to your success!
if you receive a rejection, you may resubmit right away. (please do not submit an edited version of the same piece unless specifically asked.) if you receive an acceptance, congratulations! we're thrilled to be a home for your gorgeous work, but please refrain from submitting again for one full cycle (i.e. if you are accepted for june, you may submit again for august).
rights, reprints, and payment:
your work always belongs to you first. that being said, please do not publish any piece we have accepted before it appears in perhappened mag. once it is published, all rights revert back to the author. we kindly ask that if it is published elsewhere in the future, you credit perhappened mag as its initial publication. that includes your beautiful chapbooks and anthologies!
speaking of anthologies: upon publication in perhappened mag, we reserve the right to reprint your words (with credit, of course) in future collections, including our annual print anthology in june. we will mail you a copy if your work is chosen!
we do not charge reading fees, so we are currently unable to pay upon publication. however, we will promote your work both in the issue and individually across our platforms. we nominate for the pushcart prize and best of the net awards.