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Twisted Endings

The magazine for lovers of plot twists

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* Sorry; no payments or contributor copies until I have advertisers. Therefore, this is an online magazine, but printed publications and subscriptions are available.

** If you were a contributor and can get a friend to submit, both will receive a thank you gift in the mail if the friend's submission gets accepted. Mention the contributor in an email with the submission.
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If you think your manuscript qualifies for Twisted Endings, please follow these simple guidelines. And remember to end it in such a way that the reader will say, "Wow, I didn't see that coming." Also, when it comes to endings, they don't always have to be bad. I wouldn't mind seeing some happy endings, too!

Three Red Rejection Flags
The following areas will most likely result in a rejection:
  1. Failure to format email subject line - I publish several magazines. If you haven't entered the requested subject line, you probably haven't read the writer's guidelines, either. However, mistakes happen. I'll allow one correction (send the same manuscript one more time with the correct subject line). 
  2. Failure to stick to the word count - Some writers have submitted stories that were 9 pages long! How many are requested below? A maximum of three pages! Automatic rejection.
  3. Failure to stick to the rejected themes - Your submission may be terrific. But if it falls under the rejected themes, it won't be accepted.


Now for the guidelines:


Stories
  • Length: 1-3 pages, single spaced, 1.5 margins.
  • Now accepting 1st person pov if told from the perspective of an inanimate object or animal (boat, flower, pier, caterpillar). Describe how the object or animal feels as it experiences the summer heat, or storms!
  • When and where should you add the twist? It could be in the last few paragraphs, the last section, or even the last line. It depends on the story. For my eyes only--If you are submitting a document, type the surprise ending in bold or italics. If you are submitting it via email, tell me by adding the phrase 'SURPRISE ENDING' before it.
  • Please include an explanation in a few sentences, or a paragraph, how your twisted ending applies to the submission. What does it mean?
  • Provide a 1-3 sentence (50 word max) teaser for your story. Place it before the first paragraph or in the body of the email.
  • Rejected themes: sex, violence, horror, or expletive content.
  • If you can, make the file name to read: TE Submission - [Name] - [Title]. Acceptable file extensions: doc, docx, pdf, or rtf

Poems
  • Length: Up to 30 lines, single spaced, 1.5 margins
  • Now accepting 1st person pov if told from the perspective of an inanimate object or animal (boat, flower, pier, caterpillar).
  • The unexpected ending is within the last few stanzas or lines.
  • For my eyes only--If you are submitting a document, type the surprise ending in bold or italics. If you are submitting it via email, indicated the surprise by adding the phrase 'SURPRISE ENDING' before it.
  • Please explain in a few sentences, or a paragraph, how your twisted ending applies to the submission. What does it mean?
  • Send up to three poems.
  • Make the file name to read: TE Submission - [Name] - [Title]. Acceptable file extensions: .doc, .docx, pdf, rtf


Plays or Screenplays

  • Send the last few pages of the script--perhaps the last scene or act--and add an italicized summary or synopsis to the beginning of the submission. For example, a 10 page play or script is too long, but the last few pages are acceptable.
  • Use standard formatting styles for dialogue, etc.
  • For my eyes only--If you are submitting a document, type the surprise ending in bold or italics. If you are submitting it via email, indicated the surprise by adding the phrase 'SURPRISE ENDING' before it.


Comics

  • Will accept a short comic (preferably color, but b&w if good quality). Not certain of page limit. Just send what you have.
  • Acceptable file extensions: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .png.
  • For my eyes only--If you are submitting a document, type the surprise ending in bold or italics. If you are submitting it via email, indicated the surprise by adding the phrase 'SURPRISE ENDING' before it.


When your manuscript is ready...
* Email your submissions to [email protected]*
Use the subject line: TE Submission [story, poem, play, screenplay, comic]:*
In the body tell me how you found the website, include your name/city, and if you know how to use the comments feature in MS Word.* If you are submitting a reprint, tell me where else it appeared. * If accepted, I'll be asking for a 3-5 sentence bio, an optional photo, and an optional email address or website for reader feedback.

Now, surprise me!

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