Journal Submissions are now OPEN.

Send us the thoughts that keep you up late. Send us the bizarre, the odd, the fun, the literary – simply, send us your best.

We are a strictly free verse and short prose publication. We will consider most genres as long as the piece has literary undertones. We are a paying market. We pay $10 per poem and $0.01 per word (up to 750 words).

Submissions for scissors & spackle are accepted from September 20th to 12:01 A.M. EST October 31st. We publish our annual issue in February.


2017 Guest Editor: Jennifer Givhan

Jennifer Givhan’s poetry collection Landscape with Headless Mama won the 2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize and is currently available for purchase (Buy Here). Jennifer describes the collection as, “A surreal guide that views motherhood and the speaker’s relationships (with her own mother, children, and partner) through the lens of hereditary mental illness and cultural and familiar myths.” Jennifer’s accolades are impressive with over a hundred publications. Her work has appeared in the Best of the Net 2015, Best New Poets 2013, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, the runner-up for the 2015 Indiana Review Poetry Prize. Jennifer Givhan is also a past contributor to scissors & spackle. Her poetry collection Daughter’s Curse will be available for purchase through ELJ Publications in 2017.



Ends on October 31, 2016$ 10.00
$ 10.00

2017 Themed Section and Contest-Assimilation

scissors & spackle includes a themed contest in each annual issue. The theme for 2017 is Assimilation.

A non-affiliated judge will choose a first-place prize recipient and runners-up in poetry and prose. The 2017 judge is Bud Smith. The first-place winner receives $250, in addition to publication and a contributor’s copy. Additional contest entries may be considered for publication in the issue.

Entries are limited to one piece per submission. Multiple submissions are prohibited. Entry fee is $10.

Bud Smith has published two short story collections, one poetry collection, and two novels. They all available at Bud Smith’s Books. In November of 2016, Bud’s flash fiction collection Dust Bunny City will be available through Disorder Press. He also has a poetry collection High July being published by Cheeseburger Nebula in April of 2017. His writing drifts toward the bizarre in an attempt to make sense of the unsettling thoughts we all have. Bud Smith currently writes the Work Safe or Die Trying column for Real Pants. If you go to his website (BudSmithWrites.com), you can find a comprehensive list of all of his publications.




Ends on October 31, 2016$ 15.00
$ 15.00

2017 Themed Section and Contest-Assimilation

scissors & spackle includes a themed contest in each annual issue. The theme for 2017 is Assimilation.

A non-affiliated judge will choose a first-place prize recipient and runners-up in poetry and prose. The 2017 judge is Bud Smith. The first-place winner receives $250, in addition to publication and a contributor’s copy. Additional contest entries may be considered for publication in the issue.

Entries are limited to one piece per submission. Multiple submissions are prohibited. Entry fee is $10.

Bud Smith has published two short story collections, one poetry collection, and two novels. They all available at Bud Smith’s Books. In November of 2016, Bud’s flash fiction collection Dust Bunny City will be available through Disorder Press. He also has a poetry collection High July being published by Cheeseburger Nebula in April of 2017. His writing drifts toward the bizarre in an attempt to make sense of the unsettling thoughts we all have. Bud Smith currently writes the Work Safe or Die Trying column for Real Pants. If you go to his website (BudSmithWrites.com), you can find a comprehensive list of all of his publications.




Please send no more than 3 stories in one document at a time. We accept fiction up to a maximum of 750 words per story.

Please include a short 3-4 line third person bio in the Submittable coverletter only. Please do not include biographical information or your name in the submission itself.


Ends on October 31, 2016

We welcome the bizarre, in fact, we encourage it. Send us you lists; resumes; transcribed conversations. The surest path to acceptance is the element of surprise.

Please include a short 3-4 line third person bio in the Submittable coverletter only.


We accept non-fiction of all genres.

We will only publish reviews of books and chaps released by small and/or independent publishers and presses. The big guys get enough attention already. If submitting a review please include the press or publisher, price, length and purchase information for the work that you are reviewing. If you would like to write a commissioned review of one of the many lovely books we have in ELJ Publications catalogue, or if you are a writer or publisher that would like to have your work reviewed, please contact us directly at scissorsandspackle@gmail.com

Interviews are not confined to writers. We will consider any intriguing or innovative interview subject.

Please include a short 3-4 line third person bio in the Submittable coverletter only.