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A Quiet Courage publishes new writing on a continuous basis, whenever we get something that we like. If we don’t get any submissions that we like, the site won’t update until we do.

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A Quiet Courage seeks submissions of original microfiction and poetry of 100 words or less. Submissions must be no more than 100 words maximum, titles not included. No minimum word count, but work must be exceptional, compelling, and well-written or it won’t be published, no matter what the word count.

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Works previously published in other journals or magazines are OK, but you must indicate that all or part of your submission was previously published and you must make sure that you correctly and properly credit the place where it was previously published.

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Works previously posted on your own personal blog are OK, but you must make the post(s) private from the time of submission until you get a response about your work. If your work will be published on A Quiet Courage, you must then delete the post and remove it from your blog or site completely.

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Response times will vary, but A Quiet Courage will try to make sure to respond as quickly as it can. Sometimes very quickly and you might even be surprised (A Quiet Courage reads very fast sometimes). Other times it might take a lot longer depending on life circumstances, etc. A Quiet Courage makes absolutely no guarantees about response times at all whatsoever. This is to allow for unforeseen circumstances and stress and/or anything else that may come up.

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  • Microfiction: Submit 1 to 5 pieces of no more than 100 words each. No minimum word count, but really short pieces have to be really good in order to be considered for possible publication.
  • Poetry: Submit 1 to 5 pieces of no more than 100 words each. No minimum word count, but really short pieces have to be really good in order to be considered for possible publication. Any pieces submitted in the poetry category can be non-fictional or can include elements of non-fiction. If submitting non-fictional poetry, please say so in your email so that it can be noted with your submission if your submission or any part of your submission is selected to be published.
  • Submissions must be formatted in Times New Roman, 12 point font.
  • Submit all pieces together in one single Microsoft Word .doc or .docx attachment titled                                  (Category) Submission (Your Name). This should also be the subject line of your email. Attachments other than MS Word .doc or .docx won’t be opened and your submission won’t be able to be considered.
  • Send submissions to .
  • Include a short third-person bio of 100 words maximum within the body of your email. No minimum word count for bios but all bios must be professional and serious. You can include a link to your personal website and/or personal social media site if you have one and if you want to include it.
  • Simultaneous submissions are OK but you absolutely must email A Quiet Courage at the address mentioned above as soon as your submission or any part of your submission is accepted anywhere else, provided we haven’t responded with a decision about your work yet.
  • To withdraw your whole submission or any part of your submission before a decision about your submission has been made, you must email the address mentioned above. If your submission or any part of your submission has already been accepted, you cannot withdraw it anymore. Be careful and only submit what you really want to be published. Only submit your best work, the work you’re absolutely sure you want to be published and wouldn’t mind if it were published and archived publicly on the internet in perpetuity.

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If any of your pieces are accepted to be published in A Quiet Courage, your piece or pieces may be lightly edited before being posted just and only for the purpose of correcting very minor spelling and/or punctuation errors. However if you submit pieces that are put together sloppily and/or are of bad quality, that have a lot of major and/or extensive and significant spelling and/or punctuation errors, your piece or pieces will not be accepted.

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No feedback or explanations will be given for any submissions or any parts of submissions whether they’ve been chosen to be published or not.

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Remember that creative writing is totally subjective and just because part or all of your submission was not accepted, you should not let that discourage you at all.

If your submission to A Quiet Courage was not accepted to be published, you must wait at least a minimum of one full and complete month to try to submit again.

Don’t be discouraged. Creative writing is a matter of personal taste, and every single place that you submit to has its own personal tastes, so don’t be discouraged if your piece or pieces are rejected.

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A Quiet Courage does not and will never charge any fees for submissions at all whatsoever.

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You may submit once in each category. That’s one total submission in one email, comprised of 1 to 5 pieces per category per person.

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A Quiet Courage can’t and will never be able to pay any money for any submissions that it publishes. The only thing you get for being published in A Quiet Courage is a publication credit that you can link to on your own personal website and that you can include in your author’s biography in any future submissions to any other places, and whatever exposure can be had from being published in A Quiet Courage.

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Note: A Quiet Courage will pair each piece that it publishes with a public domain image that it will choose, that it feels goes with your piece.

Optional: If you like, you can also include a link in your email to a song on YouTube that you think goes with your piece, and if we like the song then we’ll post a video of it with your piece if your piece(s) are chosen to be published. If we don’t like the song then we won’t post it with your piece. If you don’t include any song choice in your email then we won’t choose a song for your piece(s) and no song will be included at all.

Note: A Quiet Courage accepts pieces in Spanish too. Submit your pieces that are written in Spanish together with an exact translation of the piece or pieces in English. All the same submission rules apply for submissions that are written in Spanish. Any Spanish-language submissions that are accepted will be published together with their exact English translation or translations.

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No erotica or horror pieces will be accepted. Sex, violence, and profanity are OK as long as they’re not used in an excessive, gratuitous, and/or meaningless way. If you’re submitting a piece or pieces with sex, violence, and/or profanity, the sex, violence, and/or profanity that you’re using must add meaning to the piece or pieces and must help the piece or pieces and must be appropriate to the material you’re submitting and appropriate as a whole.

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A Quiet Courage is the final judge of all submissions and all decisions about submissions are final. There will be no correspondence or discussion about any submissions decisions at all whatsoever.

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