"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

Friday Call for Submissions Love!



Houseguest: House, Guest. As our name implies, we are interested in the juxtaposition of the common and the strange: the stranger that enters, that invades even as it’s invited, that may never truly leave. As a culture, we are ambivalent about houseguests, and ambivalent about ambivalence.

Here at Houseguest, we value ambivalence. We appreciate uncertainty. We espouse contradiction. We love thresholds—liminal spaces and surreal situations—and watching what gets through, what gets in. We welcome the Welcome Unwelcome.

We welcome anything you see fit to send us, provided it has not been previously published elsewhere.



Houseguest is published three times a year in March, July, and November. We accept submissions year-round. We allow simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Prose submissions should be typed, double-spaced, in an easy-to-read 12 pt font. Please limit your submission to 1000 words. Technically, we accept micro-nonfiction and flash fiction, but we aren’t overly concerned with categories. Be our guest: blur the lines.

Poetry submissions should be typed, single-spaced, in an easy-to-read 12 pt font, and formatted as a single document. Please limit your submission to five or fewer poems and include your contact information in the header of each page. All lengths and styles of poetry will be considered.

We acquire first serial rights for all work we publish. All rights revert to the author upon publication, though we ask for acknowledgement upon reprinting.

We currently accept submissions through our online submissions manager, known more commonly as email.

Submit to submission@houseguestmag.com


Website: http://www.houseguestmag.com/issue-03/current.php

Guidelines: http://www.houseguestmag.com/submission.php

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