Onyx Publications

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Our mission is to provide an accessible path to writers and poets, for showcasing their work and broadening their reach, so that readers across the globe can discover new works. Our stories may be read on our free on-line magazine, Etched Onyx, and narrated versions, including author interviews, are available via our Story Discovery podcast.

Social Media Platforms Used
Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
JW McAteer
Contact Title
Publishing Editor
fiction, nonfiction, poetry
Submissions Policy
Submitted works must be previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, flash-fiction and poetry. We do not require that you put the story's life on hold while applying to us, therefore simultaneous submissions are fine, but please do let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. You are welcome to include a cover letter, though, it is mostly certainly not required as it gives us more to read. If your submission gains consideration, we will contact you for more information. We try to respond to all entries about one month out from the magazine publish date (published quarterly). We are open to all styles and types of writing as long as the story is engaging. While we are not opposed to experimental or speculative types of fiction, it has to be interesting and understandable. All works must be under 5,000 words. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman with standard one-inch margins. Poetry submissions do not require double-spacing or standard one-inch margins if that is important to the consumption of your work. Please include a word count somewhere on the title or first page of your work. We prefer for all identifying information to be removed from the document. Please submit .doc, .docx, or .rtf file formats. All others will be fed to our Auctor Dragon.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
4 - 6 weeks
Author Payments
We run an annual Prose and Poetry contest that provides First through Third place awards for both prose and poetry.
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Publish Print Anthology?
Anthology Price
JW McAteer
Publishing Editor
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
Onyx Publications is a nano-press, run by two aspiring writers, looking to assist others in getting their works out into the world.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
Currently run by three volunteers, splitting the duties of editing, marketing, and information technology.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
We do not require cover letters as long as the submissions process is followed. We publish upto 6 pieces in each quarterly publication of Etched Onyx magazine. All selected works are narrated in our audio podcast and include an author interview.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Through submittable only.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
We look for pieces that are engaging and enjoyable to read.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Make sure to send in your best work and double check the submission requirements.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Our magazine and podcast looks to offer stories that pull people in and take them on a journey of emotion, suspense, insight, or fun. We look for stories across genres and types, hoping to broaden our reader's and listener's experiences.