The Submission Grinder, milling your submissions into something useful


To begin, obviously yes of course we want Your Best Work. But mostly we want Your Strange Work, Your Uncertain Work, the thing you made that made you feel differently about yourself for a while after you made it. We want ephemera. Work that feels like ruins. Not unpolished or unfinished due to a lack of effort or resolve, but work that feels like it was finished, was perfect, has since decayed. Work that is both human and alien. Sharp knives, cold water. Beauty under glass. Soft and stark and complex and pitiless, all at the same time. Easy, right? No problem.

We have a strong preference for the experimental and postmodern, though we value clarity and coherence. We like weirdness, but not exclusively for its own sake. Unless the writing is killer. Unless the image is unshakable. Unless the sound won’t get out of our heads. We’re not by any means snobs, but we’re not looking for straight science fiction, or romance, or fantasy, or anything that has its own special shelf in a bookstore or label in a record shop. We’re more than happy to suggest other journals that may really want your historical fiction, though.

Our philosophy could reasonably be summarized as:
We don’t want you to show your work. We want you to show your bones.
Our philosophy could reasonably be summarized as:
We want the things that make you uncertain of who you are.
Our philosophy could reasonably be summarized as:
If you can reasonably summarize it, it’s not worth doing.
Thank you for your interest in Lockjaw Magazine. We are interested in you.

Market Genres, Styles & Subjects

Market Types, Lengths & Pay Scale
0 to 1000 words

Short Story
1000 to 7500 words

7500 to 17500 words

17500 to 40000 words

Market Submission Types
Electronic Submissions?: Yes
Postal Submissions?: No
Reprints?: No
Multiple Submissions?: Yes
Simultaneous Submissions?: Yes

Market Response Data
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This statistical information is an aggregation of submission data provided by our members. The more data we have the more accurate our
numbers will be so please be sure to log all of your submissions here and not just your rejections or acceptances.

There are 6 completed reports in the past 12 months.
Averages and Boundaries:
17 min | 17.50 mean avg | 17 median | 20 max days
100.00% - avg 17 days (0.00% of rejections are personal)
Dead Letters:
Never Responded:
0 pending responses (0 min | 0 mean avg | 0 median | 0 max days waiting)
Note: pending statistics may skew high if some users neglect their data.
We recommend querying after the time the market suggests to query.

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The Submission Grinder is brought to you by Diabolical Plots, you (in an alternate reality), and John P. Murphy.