The Furious Gazelle

Literary as hell.



Before you submit to the Furious Gazelle, ask yourself the following about your submission: Does it have a good story? Is it compulsively readable? Are you a living human being who has written some words? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, we encourage you to submit.


We consider short fiction, micro fiction, poetry, short plays, novel excerpts, and creative non-fiction.

LENGTH: Submissions should be anywhere from 100 to 7,000 words.


We would prefer submissions in .doc, .docx or .pdf files, but we’re flexible as long as your formatting is clear and easy to read. If you have special formatting, please do not paste your story into the body of an e-mail.

Also, please note if you have special formatting as it sometimes does not display correctly in Word. This way we can check with you if something looks incorrect. I.e. if your poem about whales is in the shape of a whale, tell us.

Plays should be in standard play format.

Submit to If you don’t, we’ll find you. And make you.

Just kidding. But we are angry.



Things that Make Us Furious

We are always accepting submissions to our column, Things That Make Us Furious. We invite you to tell us, in satirical essay, listicle, rant, whatever, as long as it is well-informed words with a biting humor that makes you furious too.

We accept essays of any word count sent as an attachment to

Book Review Requests

The Furious Gazelle is currently open to book review requests. To submit a book for review consideration, please send an email to and with “BOOK REVIEW REQUEST” in the subject.


2017 February Writing Contest.

Valentine’s Day alone is about love, hate, fine lines between emotions, heartbreak, loneliness, togetherness, etc. With all that riding on one day, we’ve decided to go ahead and celebrate the whole damn month.

Join us as we consider the many wonderful things jammed into the year’s shortest month.

Whatever you can connect to the great month of February is on the table, whether that’s President’s Day, Cupids, Black history, the magical extra day of leap (leap day), it’s all fair game.


When: Our annual February writing contest is now closed to submissions. Check back in the fall for more details.

What: The Winner will receive $50 and a book in the genre of their choosing. All finalists will be published on the (which offers a priceless amount in bragging rights) and they will also appear in and receive copies of the February edition of The Furious Gazelle. That’s right! For the first time ever the Furious Gazelle will be creating an an old-timey print magazine, which you as a winner/finalist will be in and receive a copy of.

Why: Reasons

How: For this contest we will be charging a $3 entry fee (gotta fund that prize money somehow) which you must pay to be considered. Visit Upon receipt of your fee you will be sent a link to enter your submission. Please direct any questions to We accept all genres of writing, and up to five pieces from a single entrant. If submitting multiple entries, please send each separately.

Submissions should be under 7,000 words and submitted as a .docx or .doc.

Interpret the theme however loosely or literally you wish. We are hoping to get at least one story in which George Washington’s heart is torn out of his chest as part of his quest to find true love & found the United States.

Stay Furious,

The Furious Gazelle Editors


Halloween Contest – 2018

Our annual Halloween contest is currently closed to entries. Check back summer 2018 for details about submitting.

The contest is free to enter. The first place winner will receive $50 and a book in the genre of their choosing.

Send us your Halloween-themed poetry, fiction, short plays and creative non-fiction. Please follow our standard submission guidelines (conveniently located at the top of this page), but put “Halloween contest” in your subject line.

Each writer may submit up to five entries.

Click here to view our 2017 finalists.


  1. Hi,

    I’m looking forward to writing a story for your competiton! Can you please let me know if you are open to international entrants?


    • The Furious Gazelle Editors

      September 21, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Tim,

      Yes, the contest is open to international entries as long as you have a PayPal account to receive payment if you win. We look forward to seeing your entry.

  2. Hi, I have a short horror story that I wrote but it is pretty graphic, if I had to rate it it would be 18+. Is that a rating you guys accept?

  3. Hi my name is rushna I am 16 I want to enter a story competition thankyou

  4. It’s a scary story

  5. I’m looking forward to entering your competition

  6. How do I send in the submission? Via email? I can’t find anything, please help.

  7. I can’t find Is it an e-mail address?
    I look forward to a reply and want to enter the contest.

  8. For Furious Gazelles, you sure have a nice manner when you have to answer the same questions over and over!

  9. Okay. What if it’s not Halloween themed, but it’s still pretty disturbing?

    Is it still eligible for submission?

    Say yes.

    • The Furious Gazelle Editors

      October 18, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      It is eligible, but for the Halloween contest we are looking for stories that at least loosely tie into Halloween. “Disturbing” may be enough to meet the theme but use your judgment.

  10. Susan Richardson

    May 10, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Hi. I was just wondering if I should expect an email that my submission has been received; I know some journals don’t contact writers until a decision has been made, but I wanted to clarify just in case you do typically send submission received emails and my submission may have been lost. Thank you.

    • The Furious Gazelle Editors

      May 12, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      Dear Susan,

      We do not send out submission receipt emails unless requested by the author. We try to respond to submissions within three months.

      The Editors

      • Susan Richardson

        May 16, 2017 at 7:31 pm

        Thank you so much for responding to my query. I have been enjoying your recent posts very much.

  11. Dakota Vaassen

    July 4, 2017 at 8:54 am

    I submitted a one act play yesterday, and I’m just wondering how long it’ll take to hear back.

    Thank you,

    • The Furious Gazelle Editors

      July 6, 2017 at 9:11 am

      Hi Dakota,

      We respond to all submissions within a three to four month period.

      The Editors

  12. Do you accepted previously published material for your Halloween Contest (or in general)?

    • The Furious Gazelle Editors

      September 14, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      Yes. Please note publication history in your submission if your entry has been previously published.

  13. I am interested in submitting my play. After it is read and if you choose that you like it, what will happen afterwards? Will I get help producing it?

    • The Furious Gazelle Editors

      October 29, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      The Furious Gazelle is a literary magazine. We publish plays in our magazine. Please read our submission guidelines and FAQ before submitting.

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