We take submissions on a rolling basis and publish tri-annually, in August, December, and April.
Each piece will be carefully chosen based on genre, theme, and voice. If you want to know more about what we like, we recommend reading what we’ve already published. We would also recommend you check out Ezra Pound’s “A Few Don’ts by an Imagiste” (first published in POETRY March 1913, available here). Though we do not condone Pound’s politics, we do like “A Few Don’ts by an Imagiste” as a fundamental essay on style for every great writer.
We would like to maintain close relationships with our writers, so any larger editorial changes will be in conversation with the submitter of the piece. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but we ask that if your piece is accepted elsewhere that you let us know as soon as possible – there’s nothing worse than falling in love with a piece and then realizing we can’t publish it. As always, please do not submit anything that has been previously published online or elsewhere (this includes on social media).
KAIROS holds first publication rights and we do ask that you cite us as such if your piece becomes a part of a collection. Upon publication, all rights revert back to the writer of the piece.
You should receive an email confirmation that we have received your submission within one (1) business week. After that, please do not contact us about the status of your submission until eight-to-ten weeks have passed. For an inquiry of this sort or any sort, do not hesitate to email The Editors at KAIROS at editors.KAIROSlit@gmai.com.
Include up to five (5) poems in the document. Please submit no more than ten pages of poetry.
You may include up to two (2) flash fiction pieces. Please format your fiction in standard manuscript style (double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font-face with page numbers). Flash fiction is anything up to 1000 words. If a piece is an excerpt of a forth-coming novel, novella, or chapbook, please do not submit it.
You may submit one (1) short fiction piece. Please format your fiction in standard manuscript style (double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font-face with page numbers). We will accept any submissions that are below 10,000 words, but we usually prefer submissions that are in the 5,000-7,500 word range. Please do not submit anything above 10,000 words. If a piece is an excerpt of a forth-coming novel, novella, or chapbook, please do not submit it.
You may only submit one (1) creative non-fiction piece or one (1) opinion/editorial piece. Please format your submission in standard manuscript style (double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font-face with page numbers). Please do not submit anything above 10,000 words. If a piece is an excerpt of a forth-coming novel, novella, or chapbook, or will be published elsewhere online or in print, please do not submit it.
Grand Prize in Fiction: $150
Grand Prize in Poetry: $150
Deadline: December 31, 2021
The KAIROS Editors’ Prizes in Fiction and Poetry represents the utmost talent in contemporary fiction and poetry. The two prizes will be awarded to the story and poem(s) that most represent the KAIROS editorial preference for compelling, relevant, and intimate writing.
For the year 2021, there are no thematic requirements for the prizes. Upon submission, you will submit a registration and reading fee of $12 (Please note: this fee allows us to keep our online data protected and up-to-date and allows for us to pay the winners of the prizes in fiction and poetry with a grand prize of $150 each. This is not meant to dissuade or prevent anyone from submitting their work.)
Winners for the 2021 prizes will be announced in Summer 2022.
- The deadline to submit your work is December 31, 2021.
- Each applicant is required to pay a $12 reading fee per submission.
- We very much value an anonymous reading process (what some call "blind" reading). So, please be sure to delete any and all personal information from your submission. Failure to do so compromises the judgement of these prizes and may result in a rejection without reading and, consequently, forfeiture of registration and reading fee.
- There can be no refund for pieces that are accepted for publication with another venue, so we strongly suggest to submit no simultaneous submissions.
- Applicants who wish to submit to both categories may do so if and only if they have submitted two registration and reading fees.
- Applicants may submit as many times as they wish so long as reading fee payment is also submitted with each submission. (Note: poetry submissions can each contain up to five poems for consideration while fiction submissions may only contain one piece).
- Pieces that have been published in print or online (including blogs and social media) are ineligible for prizes.
- Upon winning, writers receive payment via PayPal and publication exclusively in the print edition of KAIROS.
- In submitting your work, all authors agree to First Rights in the event the author is chosen as winner. After first publication, all rights revert back to the writer. (Note: First Rights are publication rights granted only to this publisher and include rights to be the first to publish, communicate, and distribute the published work online and in print).
Changes Based on COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, the 2020 Editors' Prizes in Fiction and Poetry will be combined with the 2021 submissions. Therefore, if you submitted your work previously for the 2020 Editors' Prizes in Fiction and Poetry, those submissions will be considered for the 2021 prizes. You do not need to resubmit your work if you submitted to the 2020 Editors' Prizes.
Please follow genre-specific guidelines below:
Manuscripts for fiction should be double-spaced, in Times New Roman (or similar) 12-point font, and page numbers at the bottom right side of each page. Manuscripts should be submitted as a .doc or .docx file. PDFs will not be accepted. Fiction writers may submit any one story of up to 8,000 words. Word count and title should be included on the first page.
Manuscripts for poetry should be single-spaced with each new poem beginning on a separate page. Pages should be numbered at the bottom right side of each page. Poets may submit up to five (5) poems for consideration. These poems should be submitted within the same document, as a .doc or .docx file. PDFs will not be accepted.
At KAIROS, we offer editorial services for everything from creative writing to research writing to grant proposals. If you have a piece of writing in need of editing, such as a dissertation, dissertation chapter, novel, chapbook, poetry collection, screenplay, or memoir, KAIROS can help prepare your manuscript. Your submission may be up to 60,000 words. If you wish to have an editor look over more than 60,000 words, you may submit another editorial submission after your first is completed.
All editorial fees are based on (1) the length of the submission and (2) the time frame in which editing must be completed.
You must select and pay these fees within the submission. If you do not select an option from the list below and render payment for editing services, your submission will go unread. If your submission is longer than the fee option you select, the assigned editor will edit your manuscript until the word count you selected is reached.