Stories with no * or ** are read by Geoffrey C Porter.
* Read By Janice Herbal
** Read By Harriet Whitbread
*** Read by the Story's Author

The history and archaeology of Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom, home to the greatest scholars and warriors of its age.
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Open for Submissions Since September '09.
We hope to reopen in 2016.

We pick the very best to publish, reading approximately one hundred stories for every one we release. The best feeling is getting an email from an author, "This is the first story I've sold!"

Show is better than tell. Tell generally doesn't fly for us. Show it to me, paint a picture. She was beautiful is a perfect example of tell. She had amber brown eyes, and dark skin like she was half Latino and half African American. Her hair was long and straight, cut in black lines around her face. While wearing no makeup, her lips were the shade of rose red. Her waist was narrow, but her hips were sized well and appeared firm. The shirt she wore was new and crisp. That is show. It goes far beyond that, but that's the simplest example I can provide.

Scenes in general are very important to us as well. Something to keep in mind.

The dragon lived in a cave in a mountain and stole a princess. George donned armor and blade, scaling the mountain. The battle raged for seven years. He slew the dragon and rescued the princess. ---- This is not a scene. George stepped into the half light of the cave with blade in hand. The dragon puffed out a ball of red and orange fire the size of a wheelbarrel, and George leapt over it to safety. ---- This is part of a scene.

As part of the production process, I read through every story one last time and fix comma problems. Sometimes, after a writer receives payment, they will get an email saying, "Hey, I've fixed a couple commas, but I'd like to do this or that with the story too (such as adding the word 'and' to fix a comma splice)." Always just an issue of dialog formatting or a missing word, that kind of thing. If the change is very minor, I just change it, but if it's a lot of changes or something as big as adding a word, I contact the writer. Fixing commas is part of the publishing process, and I don't start that process until I send payments.

I want the writing we publish to be so good and the stories so unique that we can showcase our Issues for years to come, while we intend to publish a new issue every three to six months. I want fiction so dark, twisted, or just plain tasty that I lose sleep after reading them (by dark I do not mean depressing). We're going to try and include a mix of every category of story. We aim to publish fiction that stirs the mind and awakens the heart. Or, something scary! It doesn't have to be genre fiction for us to be happy, but at the same time, we're a genre market.

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Registering will allow you to submit your fiction. We are currently closed, but we may reopen in 2016.


  • We are CLOSED until at least Jan 1st, 2016. No new stories.
  • We love mind benders and stories that make you think
  • We pay $0.03/word for the first 1,000 words (payment caps at $30 USD)
  • We generally prefer less than 2,000 words
  • Paypal is preferred, but we mail postal orders too
  • To Submit: Register, and use the online submission form
  • Submit up to three stories at once
  • If you have any problems submitting please email me at (please include as much information about the bug as possible, and use a good subject line in your email).
  • Click here for our story categories.
  • Click here for stories we don't want.
  • We don't accept artwork, erotica, or poetry.
  • We require an email address and name with each story
  • REPRINTS -- We will accept reprints. Please note where it was published before at the top of the story submission
  • NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS. If you submitted your story to another market, give them time to reject or accept it before submitting it to Untied Shoelaces of the Mind. If you submit a story to us, please don't submit it to any other markets until we've rejected it or accepted it.
  • If you haven't heard from us within two weeks, please query to (use a good subject line).

Register as a writer.
Registering will allow you to submit your fiction. We are currently closed, but we may reopen in 2016.

Categories (or Genre)

All stories must possess conflict, a beginning, a middle, and an ending. Solid plot twist(s) are nice in short fiction as well. Stories that are a mix of categories are welcome. Romance with a thick vein of sarcastic humor, or a nice horror piece laden with slapstick humor, will both be welcomed.


Submit great dialogue.

Yes, one giant genre mix.

Science Fiction / Fantasy
Tell us a tale that will inspire us to play RPGs in the woods.

Make us laugh and smile, but not necessarily in that order.

We expect deep rooted conflict in these.

Last on our list, but definitely not least. We love horror.

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