Call for Submissions

January 2016: Thanks to all who submitted – this Submissions call is now complete.

Look out for the successful story in our Spring 2016 Issue!

Are you feeling inspired to write a short story but stuck for ideas? “Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things” is currently looking to purchase a themed submission entitled:

“The Carrot is Mightier Than the Sword”

Ember 2.2 Front CoverScheduled for the Spring 2016 issue, the chosen story will bring to life the amazing cover which has been specially designed by by artist and illustrator Sean Greenberg.

Deadline: December 31, 2015

Let your imagination go wild for this one! We want your best, most creative stories using the picture as inspiration, or even telling the story of the artwork itself – it’s up to you! Our submission guidelines for this piece are the same as always and can be accessed at

We are really looking forward to seeing your work! Surprise us. Entertain us. Make us forget that it’s a cold, wet, November out there and brighten up our lives with your scintillating wordplay and deft descriptions. Please send in your work by the end of December in order to make the publishing deadlines.


Notes from the Editor:

  • There is no special submission queue for this call. Submissions are made through our online submission form.
  • You do not need to title your manuscript “The Carrot is Mightier than the Sword” but you should give your submission this title so we know it is in response to this call.
  • We are primarily looking for prose for this call, but metered poetry will also be considered.
  • We neither ask for nor retain any rights on submissions we do not accept for publication.
  • Ember allows simultaneous submissions, but in this one case we would be grateful if you wait for our response before sending the work to other markets.