Submit to the Birdseed

Lend us your quill.

The Birdseed would love to publish your writing! We are looking for micro-reviews of books (to be published on the Birdseed Blog) and for flash fiction (to be published in the Birdseed Magazine).

It’s a win-win: we would love to publish your words, and in return you’ll receive light editing and feedback, a publication to your name, and widespread fanfare via our socials (or, at least fanfare from us!).

book reviews, in 150 words or less

The Birdseed Blog publishes, among other bookish pursuits, micro book reviews!

We love books and reading, and we want to be a place that people can turn to when they just want to shout about a book–good or bad. And if you relish the challenge of fitting your thoughts into 150 words, we’re the blog for you!

We’re looking for pithy and interesting reviews, and we welcome creativity!

The only guidelines are that the review must be 150 words or less, and that if you’re in any way connected to the book you’re reviewing (your roommate is the author, you work for the publisher, etc.), you disclose that.

We’re pretty flexible in terms of review submissions: book review submissions are open year-round, you can submit multiple reviews simultaneously, and you need not wait for a response from us before submitting another!

flash fiction

The Birdseed Magazine publishes flash fiction from new writers, emerging writers, _____ writers. Writers of all types!

We are looking for fiction of 150 words or less. 

We are looking for writing that waltzes; writing that soars; and writing that celebrates. We love a fresh, surprising voice, and we love writing that feels like rain or maybe a birdsong morning.

We love whimsy and quirk, but we also love introspective pieces.  We also, of course, love nature writing.

Let the spirit of the Birdseed settle into your bones, and send us what flies out!

We are currently accepting submissions for our second issue, to be published on September 30, 2021!  Submissions for issue two will close on August 31, 2021.  We expect to publish issues every other month. The Birdseed is currently a digital-only publication, but we hope to move to a digital/print hybrid in the future.

But look–we’d be remiss if we failed to point out that the Birdseed is new. We’re still working out the kinks and our publishing cadence may change a bit, but it’s all an adventure. Welcome!

how to submit

Please send all submissions to hello@the-birdseed.com!

Please note in the email subject line whether you are submitting a book review or flash fiction.

Feel free to attach your work in either .pdf or .doc format, or to include it in the body of the email itself. We are not at all concerned about things like formatting or font, but if you feel strongly about the format or font of your piece (which we get, don’t sweat it), please let us know and also send us a PDF so that we can ensure that the formatting is preserved upon publication.

Submissions should primarily be in English (i.e., at least most of the piece should be English).

You may submit up to three pieces per submission cycle. This can be three book reviews, three flash fiction pieces, or any combination thereof.

We are 100% okay with simultaneous submissions, but if someone else snaps up your piece before we can, please do send us an email withdrawing your piece from consideration.

the fine print

Masthead

Kourtney Jai (@heykourtneyjai on Twitter) is the EIC and is currently the only member of the masthead, although that may change! We’ll keep you updated. 

 

Rights

Your work belongs to you!  If we accept your fiction or review, we request first serial rights–this means that we kindly request that you refrain from publishing it until it’s up on The Birdseed. But once it’s published, all rights revert back to the author.  Upon publication, you are welcome to publish your work elsewhere, but we do ask that if your beautiful words are indeed published elsewhere in the future, you credit The Birdseed as the initial publication.

Please note that by submitting to The Birdseed, you are representing that the work you are submitting is your own.

 

Payment

We do not currently offer payment, nor do we accept donations. If any of this changes, our authors will be the first to know!

 

Fun stuff

We plan on nominating our fave flash fiction pieces for the Pushcart Prize and for inclusion in the Best of the Net Anthology, the Best Small Fictions Anthology, and the Best Microfiction Anthology.