is a quarterly e-zine in the spirit of a traditional literary
journal – dedicated to publishing quality fiction, poetry and
While the web plays host to hundreds, if not thousands, of
genre-related literary sites (i.e. – sci fi and horror – many
of which have merit) failbetter.com is not one
We place a high degree of importance on originality –
believing that even in this age of trends –
it is still possible.
is not looking for what is current or momentary.
We are not concerned with length: One good sentence may
find a home here; as the bulk of mediocrity will not.
Most importantly, know that what you are saying could only
come from you.
When you are sure of this, please feel free to submit.
encourages submissions via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All email submissions should include title in header.
All fiction and poetry submissions must be included in the
body of your email. Please
do not send attached files. If
for whatever reason, you wish to submit a story in Word format,
please query first. For
artwork, please send query with samples attached in .jpg format.
the technically inept, submissions may also be sent with SASE via
postal mail at:
63 Eighth Avenue, #3A
Brooklyn, NY 11217
note, however, any materials accepted for publication must
ultimately be submitted in electronic format in order to appear on
strongly recommend that you not only read the previous issue, but
also sign up on our email list (email@example.com) to be notified of future publications.
first-time internet rights. Works
will also be archived online.
All other rights, including opportunity to publish in print
form, revert to the artist. Submissions
are accepted year round. Unfortunately,
there is no remuneration.
short stories or self-contained novel excerpts.
Four to six previously unpublished poems.
Three to five samples of your work.
welcomes unsolicited work, we cannot accept responsibility
for lost or damaged submissions.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, if not
typical response time is 2-3 weeks on electronic submissions and
2-3 months for regular mail.
Note: we will not respond to any email inquiry regarding
receipt confirmation or status of any work under consideration.