Submission Guidelines

Online Submissions and Pitches

Going Down Swinging publishes fiction, creative non-fiction, spoken word, commentary, essays, comics, poetry and experimental work online.

Dip into our archives to get a feel for what we’re looking for. We generally publish pieces up to 2,000 words in length, but we can be convinced to break our own rules for a piece that breaks our hearts. If you are pitching, please also send links to examples of other work you’ve done, if you have them. This helps us get a feel for the tone and personality of your writing, and to find out whether it’s a perfect match. We are also happy to receive submissions in full.

We pay all our contributors. 

Prose under 500 words $60

Prose over 500 words $170

Poem $100

Comic (less than 5 frames) $180

Comic (longer than 5 frames/demonstrative of extensive effort) $220

Please only send us your best and brightest ideas. We generally only accept work that has not been published elsewhere.

Submissions and pitches for online should be sent to

Print Submissions

Submissions for our print publication are closed. Check out our most recent edition, Going Down Swinging #40.

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Online Artwork/Illustration Expressions of Interest

We are always giddy to hear from artists and illustrators who may have an online project in mind, a piece they think suits GDS online, or who just want to keep in touch. We often commission illustrations to accompany our feature pieces, so if you’re handy with these kinds of things get in touch with links and/or attachments of previous work, and any ideas you’ve been saving for a rainy day.

We pay all our contributors. 

Illustration accompanying text (1 image) $100

Illustration accompanying text (multiple images) $200

Artwork/illustration expressions of interest for online should be sent to


*Payment may vary slightly at the editor’s discretion and in conversation with the creator. This is dependent on the length, format and other specifics of the piece (and will exclusively be in the form of a boost where appropriate).