Onyx Publications

Our Next Submission Window Will Open In Mid-December

The Winter Edition Contest submission deadline closed on November 26, 2021.
Thank you for considering us. We'll be opening submissions for our Spring 2022 edition in a few weeks.

Submission Guidelines

  • All applications must come through our Submittable portal (link below).  If you'd like to send us an email to provide kudos for the stories or the podcast, wonderful!  However, any surreptitious attempts at submitting stories through email will be fed to our Auctor Dragon.
  • Submitted works must be previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, poetry or flash fiction. We do not require that you put the story's life on hold while applying to us, therefore simultaneous submissions are fine, but please do let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • You are welcome to include a cover letter, though, it is most certainly not required as it gives us more to read.  If your submission gains consideration, we will contact you for more information.
  • We know waiting for responses can be a nail-biting experience (and may even include some cuticles) so we try to respond to all entries about two weeks out from the magazine publish date.  
  • We are open to all styles, genres, and types of writing as long as the story is engaging.  
  • You may submit up to five (5) poems in one document/submission.
  • All works must be under 6,000 words.

The Details:

Manuscripts should be double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman with standard one-inch margins.  Poetry submissions do not require double-spacing or standard one-inch margins if that is important to the consumption of your work.

We prefer for all identifying information be removed from the document.

Please submit .doc, .docx, or .pdf file formats.  All others will be fed to the Auctor Dragon. 

Author Rights

Our goal is to get your writing exposed to a broader audience. As such, our ownership of your story is nonexclusive, which means you maintain ownership of your story, period. We do require that you allow our magazine and podcast to be the only place your story is published for six months once it appears in our magazine. We also maintain the right to archive and distribute your work in all formats, including electronic, audio, print, and in all languages. 

We look forward to reading your amazing works!


Why submit to Onyx?

All selected stories will appear in Etched Onyx on-line Magazine AND on our Story Discovery Podcast. It's like getting an audio-book of your story or poem. If you wish, you also have the option of recording the narration for your own work.

Nano-publishing House

We are a nano-publishing house, therefore your story will be vetted by the publishers themselves (us!) and our publishing agreements are crafted with the goal of supporting writers (you!)

Print and e-Book Editions

Our first e-book and print anthology is coming out Winter 2022 and will available via on-line retailers. Authors included in the anthology will receive a share of those earnings!

Cooperative Approach

As aspiring authors, we enjoy working  with you to edit and improve your story to prepare it for a broader audience.