Issue 71 – Science and Tech in Experimental Literature

Submit your work by December 31, 2018

The most stupefying aspect of modern life is the speed with which it moves. Every day a faster computer is for sale, or there’s a breakthrough in pharmacology, or a more powerful satellite is launched into orbit. The research and development of new ideas never stops in the laboratories of the world, but how has all this so-called advancement influenced literature? What pools of language have collected around new fields of study and emergent technologies? How have consumer electronics changed what is possible in the production of literature? Is there a connection between experimental writing and the experimental methodologies used for scientific discovery? While none of these questions are new, nonstop innovation means that there are always new answers, and we want to know yours!

The editors at filling Station welcome submissions of experimental poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, and reviews concerned with the ever-expanding realms of science and technology. This may include work about these topics, or work which incorporate technology into the process of its creation. We specifically encourage submissions from creators who identify with female, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, immigrant, impoverished, survivor, or other marginalized communities.

Send your original unpublished work through Submittable with the words SCIENCE & TECH in the title and cover letter by December 31 for consideration in Issue 71.

Detailed submissions guidelines can be found on our website


filling Station accepts singular or simultaneous submissions of previously unpublished poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction,  critical non-fiction (about literature and occasionally about visual  art), and visual art. We are always on the hunt for great writing and artwork! Please note that Submittable is now filling Station's only method for receiving submissions.

Before submitting to filling Station, please review both the General Guidlines on our website and the genre-specific submission instructions below. Please note that for all submissions, you must include a mailing address and short bio (25 - 75 words) with your submission. A submission lacking a mailing address and bio will be considered incomplete. For Art submissions, we also require an Artist's Statement regarding the submitted portfolio of work. For text with spacing considerations, upload your submission as a PDF file in addition to the text document.

 Submit up to 6 pages of poetry via Submittable. Due to the high volume of submissions, Poetry accepts submissions only via Submittable.

If your poem is spaced in a particular way, please make sure to use spaces, never tabs, so we can accurately replicate your layout. Also be sure to upload your submission as a PDF file in addition to the text document.

A submission lacking mailing address and bio (25 - 75 words) will be considered incomplete.

 We encourage you to submit experimental interviews, articles, reviews,  and creative nonfiction.

Please note that we will generally not accept reviews of non-experimental literature unless the review itself is experimental. We are looking to engage with and draw attention to literature that pushes the boundaries of genre, form, methodology, style, etc. Submit 2 pieces of any such kind via Submittable.

If you have concerns about suitability, feel free to send a query to While questions or concerns may be received by email, Nonfiction accepts submissions only via Submittable. If you are interested in reviewing a book for filling Station, email the Nonfiction editor, or you can elect to review a book of your choice that you own.

A submission lacking mailing address and bio (25 - 75 words) will be considered incomplete.

 Submit up to 10 pages (submissions at the upper end of this length spectrum will need to be of exceptional quality to be considered) via Submittable. 

We are pleased to receive any of the following fiction: flash fiction, postcard fiction, short fiction, experimental fiction that diverges from  the usual subgenre categories, a novel excerpt that can stand alone, or a combination of these subgenres.

Please do not resubmit or send send additional submissions until you have received a response to your first submission.

A submission lacking mailing address and bio (25 - 75 words) will be considered incomplete. Due to the high volume of submissions, fiction accepts submissions only via Submittable. 

 Please submit 5-7 lower res samples via Submittable.

If interested, we will request pieces or additional work in 300 dpi or greater via Drop Box or similar, or on a disc.

Art accepts initial, low  res submissions only via Submittable.

High resolution images must be provided upon request before we can finalize selection.

A submission lacking mailing address, bio (25 - 75 words) and artist's statement will be considered incomplete.

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