Dancing with Ghosts — Capsule Stories Autumn 2021 Edition

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Capsule Stories

Call For Submissions

Our Autumn 2021 Edition theme is Dancing with Ghosts. We’re looking for stories, poems, and essays that feel autumn-y and grapple with home, history, and identity. Tell us about walking through a city that has stood for a millennium and wondering at the layers of civilization that lie beneath your feet. Tell us about uncovering family secrets. Send us writing about making space for the unknown and unknowable. Send us writing about making peace with your past and facing the future without fear. We are especially interested in pieces that take place in autumn and evoke the feeling of the season. (Note: Please do not send horror stories.)

Submissions for Capsule Stories Autumn 2021 Edition close May 31 at 11:59 p.m. CT.


We accept short stories, poems, and remarkably written essays. For short stories and essays, we’re interested in pieces under 3000 words. You may include up to five poems in a single poetry submission (please send them all in one Word document), and only send one story or essay at a time. Please send previously unpublished work only—a piece is considered published if it has been posted or made publicly available on a blog, website, or social media platform. You may only submit one submission per edition. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let us know if your submission is accepted elsewhere. Please include a brief third-person bio with your submission, and attach your submissions in a Word document (no PDFs unless your poetry has very specific formatting, please!).

All writers are welcome to submit, especially writers of color, LGBTQ writers, writers with disabilities, and all writers from marginalized backgrounds.

Capsule Stories does not tolerate plagiarism. We run pieces through Copyscape to check for duplicate content before sending acceptances.

Please read our full submission guidelines before submitting.

Submission Period
March 16, 2021 -May 31, 2021

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