Kallisto Gaia Press

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Formed as a Texas nonprofit in December 2016, Kallisto Gaia Press publishes The Ocotillo Review as a print only journal biannually (Winter & Summer). We acquired publication rights to the Texas Poetry Calendar from Dos Gatos Press. Our first issue of TPC is the 2019 calendar which released July of 2018. We received federal IRS nonprofit status in April of 2018. More information including our staff bios and mission statement can be found on our website: www.kallistogaiapressorg.

Social Media Platforms Used
Facebook, some twitter
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Mary Day Long
Contact Title
Managing Editor
Contact Email
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry
Representative Authors
KB, Ottessa Moshfegh, Luis Alberto Urrea
Submissions Policy
We take unpublished Short fiction (1k-4.2k words), Poetry (up to 60 lines), Flash Fiction (up to 500 words), and Narrative Nonfiction (1k to 4k words) exclusively through Submittable. We charge a $3.00 reading fee. We compensate all authors we publish. Poems and Flash fiction pieces receive 25USD. Short Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction pieces receive 50USD. All payments outside the contiguous US are made through PayPal. We welcome all subject matter except erotica and hate speech. Our annual contests in poetry and short fiction pay $1000.00 to each winner and require a $20.00 entry fee.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
From 01 / 03 - 08 / 10
Reporting Time
04 - 18 weeks
Author Payments
Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Award Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Award
Number Of Paid Staff
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Tony Burnett
Managing Editor - Founder
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I wanted to form a literary press devoted to monetary compensation for work we publish. With several years as President of the Writers' League of Texas I felt I had the qualification to pursue this goal. I stand humbled.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
Executive director, four genre editors, and underpaid specialists as needed for critiques and contest management.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Keep it brief and interesting. We don't need to know your entire publication history. We read blind. Spell the name of our journal correctly.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Each genre has an editor. We have a group of readers and a guest editor for our contests but the rest of the pieces published are chosen by the genre editors.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Adherence to guidelines. Competence with language. A spark of energy that differentiates the piece from the norm
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Send us work that excites you. Make certain it's polished.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
We're new here. Give us a minute.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
From someone who reads voraciously across the spectrum to someone who sits in a cold, dim room and studies the latest chapbook. If words nourish you we have your desert..