The Special “Kill People” Call for Submissions

The special “Kill People” call for submissions

There comes a time in every writer’s life where you have to kill somebody. That time is now!

The fourth Jellyfish Review special issue will run between mid-March and mid-April on the theme “Kill People”.

The rules are simple: Someone has to die, killed, either before, during or after the time the story takes place. 1000 words or less. Natural deaths aren’t welcome.

Vent your homicidal impulses. Indulge your murderous bent. It doesn’t have to be crime either – we love a good accidental slaying as much as anyone.

Some of the greatest short stories ever written have had people knocking each other dead. Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”. Tobias Wolff’s “Bullet in the Brain”.

Here are some of our favourite contemporary takes on the subject – coming at killing from entirely different, entirely wonderful angles.

Megan Giddings at The Offfing: The Alive Sister

Kim Chinquee at Noo Weekly: Please, Just Come to the Door

Emily Mitchell at Guernica: Fat Man’s Last Meal (scroll down)

Sequoia Nagamatsu at Copper Nickel:  The Rest of the Way

Usual rules apply. Please send your story to – and copy and paste it into the body of the email. Feel free to include a cover letter.

The story must be previously unpublished, and we require first publication rights. The deadline for stories is March 10-ish. During this time we will still be accepting submissions for our regular cycle of stories.

We know you all are some creative sons of guns and daughters of slaughters. We look forward to seeing you still some beating hearts!




Art by Alexej von Jawlensky (Is it just us, or does she have a murderous glint in her eye?)