Submission Guidelines for Anthologies



We seek short stories (between 1,000-6,000 words) that fit broadly in the category of dirty realism and transgressive fiction. Speculative or other fantastical elements are acceptable, but only in moderation.

When there’s an open call for submissions, email your story to:

Provide a short summary in the email body (less than 400words) and attach the story as a .doc. Please format your story in accordance with the standard short story format by William Shunn:

If Accepted:

  1. We buy exclusive first World-English Rights for a period of 12 months upon publication. After 12 months, all rights revert back to the author.

  2. Advanced payment of up to $100, plus a pro rata share of 50% of the anthology’s earnings.

  3. If your story is reprinted after the 12-month period, please indicate Outcast Press as the original publisher of the piece.












“I wanted to rub the human race in its own vomit, and force it to look in the mirror.”
― J.G. Ballard, Crash



Outcast Press publishes poetry that explores raw, dark, honest and shocking themes. Leaning towards the transgressive genre, we strive to deliver work that pushes boundaries with unpredictability. Readers should be cautioned that all work carries a broad-spectrum warning over content that might be potentially triggering.


Submission guidelines


While we are open to content that pushes boundaries, abuse, harassment of any kind will not be tolerated by the editor.


All work should be submitted via email to as an attachment saved with your (name)_(title). The attachment should include only the title and not other identifying information. Do not include your name on the poem as all work is read blind. Include a third person bio with your submission in the body of your email.


Submit up to three original poems at a time with each poem starting on a new page. Format each poem in Arial 12pt with 1.5 line spacing. Each poem should be a maximum of 40 lines. Each issue date is to be announced.  We are currently a non-paying market for poetry.


If you do not hear back from us within a month (likely sooner) shoot us a query email regarding your submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted but we ask that you inform us immediately if they are accepted elsewhere. We ask that you credit Outcast Press should your work be republished elsewhere. You retain all rights to your work.


Transgressive Novels

If you have a completed transgressive or dirty realist manuscript, feel free to send us a pitch either by email or through a twitter DM. If we are interested, we will request a synopsis and the first three chapters. Ideal word length is 60,000-90,000.