Call for Submissions: Short Stories and Poems that Lasts as Long as Your Cup of Coffee

24 November 2012

Sips Card puts short fiction and poetry into local coffee shop venues around the country (and in Scotland). We are a publication run by artists, for artists. Each card contains a QR code, loaded with a short story, or set of poems, from a writer meant to last as long as a cup of coffee. The cards include the issue’s author, story title, and website/e-mail.

Submissions for our Winter Issue (January) will be open from Monday, October 29th through Friday, December 7th. You will be notified by Friday, December 14th. Every submission will receive notification of their acceptance status by this date.

The Winter Issue will contain two short story cards (each with one short story) and two poetry cards (each with one poem).

Compensation: It is important that we give our authors and poets a little something in return for allowing us to use their work.

  • Authors of accepted short stories will receive $50.
  • Poets of accepted poems will receive $30.
  • Each accepted writer will also receive copies of their issue.

Submission Fees: Submission fees help us to pay our writers while continuing to publish a quality publication. Sips Card consists of artists, working to help other artists, and while we know submission fees may be a hindrance toward submitting work, we also know that they help the operation of the publication as well as the quality of submissions.

  • Authors may submit 2 stories of up to 3,000 words for $5.
  • Poets  may submit up to 2 poems of up to 150 lines for $3.

How to Submit: Visit  . Work may be submitted to  Once Sips Card has received your submission(s) and payment, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.

Guidelines: Submissions should be double-spaced, and in a standard font such as: Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana or Trebuchet MS. Please submit your work at using one of the following formats: .doc .docx .rtf.

Rights: As fellow artists, we want our authors and poets to maintain the rights to their work. We ask for a ninety (90) day non-compete agreement. This means that for ninety (90) days, you will allow only Sips Card to publish your story or poem. What we are trying to do with this non-compete agreement is track the ‘read’ traffic for each story/poem. We can supply these numbers to the authors and poets through their issue’s run dates, giving them an idea of how many people have read their work. We think this is a neat feature and want to do more for our writers than just publish their work.

What we look for: We want to stand apart from traditional literary publications that set their focus on various themes throughout the year. We want to challenge writers to write from their gut and send us what they believe is some of their best work. Keep in mind, our primary reader base is made up of coffee shop patrons with a variety of taste; therefore, we primarily interested in general fiction.  We look for stories that breathe with a life of their own.

Visit the submission page at:


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