Five Reasons to Submit to World Unknown Review.

Some of you may be aware that, this year, in addition to publishing my second book, Soulless, I intend to finally published the World Unknown Review, a literary journal of all the short stories I would like to promote and share with the world. I attempted to do this last year, and really dropped the ball, but now that my writing career has become my top priority, I’m determined to make this dream a reality. I helped run a journal when I was in college, and I’m excited to take it to the next level and make this an annual tradition. Of course, an integral part of this journal is you, my fellow readers and writers, because I wouldn’t have a journal if I didn’t have people submitting their stories for submission. So here, I present to you five reasons to consider submitting to World Unknown Review before the deadline of October 31st:

5. You never know if you don’t try. If you’re like me, you’ve got a whole heap of stories you’re working on. Maybe you’ve even got them finished. But you haven’t sent them out yet or the market is so saturated that they haven’t yet found a home. It might have been waiting for World Unknown Review. I have no delusions into thinking that I’ll be inundated with submissions (though that would be really, really nice!), so odds are, the pool will be a lot smaller than some of the other pools. Statistics will likely be working highly in your favor.

4. It’s a great way to get your words out into the world. WUR will be available in both paperback and ebook via Amazon at a great price, opening up the door for it to fall into a lot of people’s hands, just as it would should it be in any other literary journal. There’s also likely to be an online presence for the Review, making your stories even more accessible to the reading public.

3. WUR is a paying market. Not a highly paying market, but every approved story earns its author more than just a contributor’s copy. The current rate is $15 USD for each published story.

2. Being a part of something new and potentially great. Who doesn’t like to be one of the people who can look back on something successful and say, ‘I was there when it all began’? And I definitely intend to make WUR successful It may take a few years. It may take a decade. Hey, it might even take longer, but I’ll refer you to number 5. You never know if you don’t try…

1. Community. World Unknown Review is a lot of things, but my main goal with this journal is to spread community love between the various authors within. Think about it: you submit to WUR, get accepted, and find yourself published in this shiny new anthology. So does this other writer. You tell your friends about it, the other writer tells hers, and then all those friends dive in and discover all these other authors that are also published within. They end up falling in love with a story and looking into that author’s work, checking out their books, recommending them to more people, so on and so forth. It’s the ideal way the writing community works these days. It might be a little idealistic for me to think it would happen, but, on the same token, why wouldn’t it? I know I’m always eager to check out new things, and anthologies are a fantastic way to discover new voices and find new favorites.

Bonus Reason: D.J. Lutz did it. Don’t you want to be like D.J. Lutz?

There are plenty of other reasons why you should go submit your favorite work for World Unknown Review, but why would you need them? What are you waiting for? Flood that old inbox of mine today! This is also a great chance to ask any questions about World Unknown Review that you may have. I look forward to hearing from everyone soon!


  1. I’d be interested in submitting something by October 31st.

    What are the submission guidelines? Are there limits on wordcount, genre, themes? I know a few writer friends who already write short stories, so I’ll be sending them on the link. 🙂

    • I can’t wait to read it, Lisa! And the only limitation is your own imagination, though shorter pieces are more likely to be accepted that novella-length ones. I’d say 3000-7000 is a sweet spot, but I won’t say no to something shorter or longer if it’s fantastic. There are no genre or theme guidelines, either. I tried doing a theme the first time I attempted WUR, but , right now, I think a better focus is a good variety to showcase all different styles of writing.

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