Despite efforts to have the World Unknown Review return from hiatus by early 2023, “LIFE” has swept in and happened in a very big way for us, which has put a delay on our plans to start publishing again. Or at least so soon.

After careful consideration, we have decided to try a different approach to how we publish our work. Instead of following a set schedule for now, we will be experimenting with a “as we meet our needs” style of reading stories. What does this mean?

Basically, we are open to submissions at all times, and we will publish each volume as soon as we feel we’ve collected enough stories that fit our vision for the World Unknown Review. Hopefully, this means that while we will not be publishing at a set pace, we will be publishing only the best work that crosses our desks, with a very clear vision of the type of quality we wish to bring our readers.

It may mean we wind up with lots of stories to publish and will put out volumes quickly. It may mean there may be a lull when either submissions slow or we feel the stories we’ve been sent just don’t fit quite what we’re looking for.

If you have submitted for the prospective 2022/2023 volumewe are still reading through submissions and hope to let you know our thought soon. It has been an unexpectedly rocky time getting the relaunch going again, but we hope to be more focused toward the goal of publishing again in the coming months, if not straight into 2023.

Thank you for your patience; we are a very small operation, and we’re still working out a lot of kinks.


Submissions will now be accepted year round; publication dates will vary. We’re looking for a little bit of everything, the kind of stories we don’t know we need until we see it, so please send us your best fiction, poetry, essays, art, or whatever else in between. There are no genre, theme, or word limitations, although anything over 17,500 words will fall automatically into the novella competition. There is no entry fee, and writers may send in as many works as they like, though only one is likely to be chosen for any given volume. Authors will receive $15 USD ($30 for the winning novella) and three contributors copies.

Please send submissions or questions to , preferably in .doc, .docx, or .rft form. Please, no PDFs.


  1. […] World Unknown Review: World Unknown Review has a strong focus on independent authors, but anyone is welcome to submit. The guidelines are pretty lax. There is no word count limit, but the more moderate in size the story is, the better chance it has for publication. Everyone who is selected to be featured in the publication will receive three copies and $15. The deadline is October 31st, 2014. […]

  2. […] The biggest, most exciting one is releasing the second volume of WORLD UNKNOWN REVIEW in December. I started this project last year, and I’m so thrilled to see where it goes. It’s my very own literary journals, and we’ll accepting submissions until October 31st. So if you have a story, please send it! I’ll even pay you a whole fifteen bucks! That’s, like, two Starbucks coffees or something. Last year, I had the honor of publishing a story called “Culaqan” by a certain person conducting a certain interview right now, and it’s still one of my favorites. It’s an awesome project that I hope serves its purpose of bringing writers together and spreading their words all over the place, because that’s one of the things I love most about the writing world today. If you’re interested, you can check out the guidelines at […]

    • I’ll admit that I haven’t given this much thought. Basically, rights revert back to the author immediatly after publication. We ask that you not publish the story with someone else between acceptance and publication just put of respect and to avoid complications with eligibility with other publications. If we wish to reuse your story in any fashion, you will be consulted and asked.

  3. […] when you have to wait four months to finally see it in print (which is why I like to publish the World Unknown Review within a few months of sending out acceptance letters). I understand it takes time to edit and put […]

  4. […] Last year, I received over a hundred stories from fifteen different countries, and the final product represented five of them. I’d love to see what this year will bring. So if anyone’s got some stories and they’d like to be a part of this hopefully steadily growing tradition, I hope they send them my way for consideration. You can find more about the journal and the submission process at […]

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    • We absolutely do accept all forms of speculative fiction! The main goal of the World Unknown Review is to present a wide variety of stories, a little bit of something that everyone can enjoy, so we love to see anything that tells a great, engaging story that lingers long after you’ve put down the book, in whatever form it takes.

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