Current Issue

Stories & essays will be released on our website every two weeks starting March 4.

Letter from the Editors
Alexandra Hill, Rowan Morrison, Lian Xia Rose


The Frankly Impossible Weight of Han 
Maria Dong

The Taste of Centuries, the Taste of Home
Jennifer Hudak

All Worlds Left Behind
Iona Datt Sharma

A Little History of Things Lost & Found
Shingai Njeri Kagunda
Available April 15

K. Victoria Hernandez
Available April 29


Issue 1.1
Lucia Li

Submissions – Fiction

Fiction submissions are currently open until April 30, 2021 at midnight EST.

khōréō is a quarterly publication of stories, essays, and art: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and any genre in between or around it, as long as there’s a speculative element. We’re especially interested in writing and art that explores the impact of human or cultural migration, whether voluntary or forced. Examples include themes of immigration, diaspora, and anti-colonialism, as well as more metaphorical interpretations of the term. Most importantly, we’re a new magazine and we’re still finding our identity: therefore, please don’t self-reject because you’re not sure if your work is a good fit. We won’t know until we see it, so please give us a chance to look!

khōréō is dedicated to diversity and amplifying the voices of immigrant and diaspora authors and artists. We welcome, but do not require, a brief description of the author’s/artist’s identity in their cover letter.

We invite you to submit if you identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora in the broadest definitions of the terms. This includes, but is not limited to, first- and second-generation immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, persons who identify with one or more diaspora communities, persons who have been displaced or whose heritage has been erased due to colonialism/imperialism, transnational/transracial adoptees, and anyone whose heritage and history includes ‘here and elsewhere’. We especially encourage BIPOC creators who identify as the above to submit their work. 

When reading submissions, we take in good faith that you identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora as described above. If you still aren’t sure if you should submit, please email

We kindly request individuals who do not identify as such to support the magazine by reading our stories, subscribing, and helping spread the word instead. 

Our next submission period starts at midnight Eastern time on January 1, 2021. We will close submissions at 11:59pm Eastern on January 31, 2021.

In our first year, we will have the following reading periods for fiction and non-fiction:

  • January 1-January 31
  • April 1-April 30
  • July 1-July 30
  • October 1-October 31 (themed issue)
Art submissions are welcome year-round.

What we want

We are looking for short fiction under 5,000 words. Because we are a new journal, we have a stricter budget and therefore prefer stories under 3,500 words. Anything over 5,000 words will be rejected without being read. 

Stories must contain a speculative element in order to be considered.

Please submit stories through our Moksha system, which you can access at this link:

Please format your story using the Shunn modern manuscript format (details at this link: Authors are not expected to provide their mailing address until acceptance. 

NEW: Please include the general genre of the piece in your cover letter (fantasy, sci-fi, horror, etc.); this makes it easier for us to assign it to our First Readers according to their preferences. Submissions that omit this won’t be penalized — it’s just a little more convenient for us. 🙂

Please note simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we request that you note this in your cover letter and withdraw the story from our consideration if it is accepted elsewhere.

Content Warnings

If your story requires a content warning, please include a brief description below the title of your piece as well as in your cover letter. In addition, please check the box indicating that your story has content warnings on the submission form. This does not affect your chances of getting accepted; it’s just for the awareness of our First Readers and Editors.

While the list is not exhaustive, please refer to the below for a general list of content warnings for a quick check of which might apply to your story.

  • Sexual Assault
  • Abuse
  • Child abuse/pedophilia/incest
  • Animal cruelty or animal death
  • Self-harm and suicide
  • Eating disorders, body hatred, and fatphobia
  • Violence
  • Pornographic content
  • Kidnapping and abduction
  • Death or dying
  • Pregnancy/Childbirth
  • Miscarriages/Abortion
  • Blood
  • Illness (e.g., cancer, seizures) 
  • Mental illness and ableism
  • Racism and racial slurs
  • Sexism and misogyny
  • Classism
  • Hateful language directed at religious groups (e.g., Islamophobia, antisemitism)
  • Transphobia and transmisogyny
  • Homophobia and heterosexism



What we don't want

Please do not send us stories with gratuitous gore or violence; fridging (where a character dies or undergoes pain in service of the protagonist’s story or to serve as character development); racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic, xenophobic, etc. elements; clichés; “it was all a dream” endings; stories where a person from a non-marginalized group experiences life as someone from a marginalized background. 

We are currently not accepting novelettes or novellas, but hope to expand in the future. We may also consider serialized stories one day. 

We do not accept multiple submissions, unsolicited resubmissions, or reprints.

What we offer

Payment at SFWA pro rates ($0.08/word).

What we ask for

We are finalizing our boilerplate contracts, which will be posted here as soon as they are available.

Until then, at a high level, we ask for:

  • Non-exclusive, non-assignable, non-transferrable first-world English-language rights to publish in digital, ebook, and print 
  • Right to republish in an anthology of stories that have previously appeared in the magazine within 24 months of initial publication in our magazine
  • Nonexclusive, non-assignable, non-transferable license to archive the story on our website for at least 36 months
  • Nonexclusive right to record audio and share it on our website for at least 36 months 

Any rights not granted explicitly to us by the contract are retained by the author.