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FAQ & Submission Guidelines

GUIDELINES UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2023: To expedite the convenience of submissions, we now have a FACEBOOK GROUP PAGE taking submissions. It is titled, WINK WRITERS GROUP. Please look us up, join the group, it's free, and submit there. NOTE: You may not hear anything from us other than our comment on your post, until we send you a proof copy to correct or approve. That will be our acceptance notification to you. We'll need your email address, so be sure to message us with that along with your city, State, and/or country of residence as soon as we accept your material. You may also send your submissions in the body of an email.

Our previous guidelines below are still applicable for the most part, but the paragraph above will take precedence and should be easier for us and for you. ONE THING: We need donations to survive, so we will (of course) read and respond first to writers who donate to us. The PayPal DONATE button is at the bottom of our home page.  Those who donate $50 or more will receive a print payment copies instead of electronic. Individuals and organizations who give financial donations will also be promoted on this website (see Supporters). We also exchange "in kind" services.

OUR STANCE ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI): This is a complicated and rapidly changing situation. For the time being, we can say we have no problem with anyone using Grammarly or similar programs to check their spelling and grammar. However, we are not looking for computer-generated stories. When we edit, we do it manually, and you can feel secure that we won't run your story through any outside checker program. For now, we are keeping an open mind. We welcome your comments and preferences on the subject.

IS THIS A PRINT OR DIGITAL MAGAZINE?  We are a digital magazine with a full-color print companion dedicated to providing a platform for creative writers and artists nationwide. (We pay contributors in digital copies. See below.) WINK: Writers IN the Know magazine is a one-person (on a fixed income), out-of-pocket, labor of love with a staff of dedicated volunteers. WINK is passionate about providing a platform for writers (especially those not yet established who are building their credits), who share our passion for the written word. Any donations to further this cause will be deeply appreciated. See "Donate" button on our home page. We produce the magazine twice per year in the Spring and Fall. 

SPECIAL NOTE: We get a lot of great material and not all of the good stuff gets in the magazine. We have to let some pretty great material go. However, recently we've begun publishing on our blog here at the website too. The nice thing about that for you, is it is easily sharable on social media.

HOW DO YOU PAY ME FOR MY WORK? You will receive 1 free, shareable, PDF copy of the issue in which your work appears. You will be provided with that link via email once the issue in which your work appears is published. NOTE: Our financial supporters will receive print payment copies (see paragraph two above.)

HOW CAN I SUBSCRIBE (Our financial supporters receive print payment copies regularly) OR BUY COPIES? We use Print on Demand technology (POD), we do not take formal subscriptions or fulfill requests from in-house. If you are interested in a high-quality, full color printed copies of any issue/s, you will be able to purchase them individually (see BUY tab above to buy). We also offer a free digital version. All prices, policies, and fees are subject to change without notice. You can also use the following link: or find us on Amazon.

DO YOU ACCEPT UNSOLICITED SUBMISSIONS? Yes, we are now accepting submissions for upcoming issues. We are interested in original artwork, cartoons, photography, essays, short stories, poetry, and articles. We especially want articles on writing and the writing life (500 to 3000 words), but also like other subjects. Space is limited. Short stories/flash fiction (up to 1200 words) can be on virtually any subject. We like unusual stories with a twist at the end, and we LOVE super short, quirky flash fiction. (We take longer pieces only on occasion, when we have space.) Surprise us! We prefer free verse and form poetry (up to about 32 lines). Note: we aren’t a platform for political or religious opinions. Artwork or photography is best sent as a high-res jpg.

WHAT RIGHTS DOES WINK USE? We reserve One-time, North American, Serial, Electronic, and Archival rights. Rights revert to authors, and copyright always remains with authors.

HOW SHOULD I SEND MY SUBMISSIONS?  Email submissions are preferred and all should be sent to Nadia Giordana at You MUST include your full name and postal mailing address. Please send submissions in the body of your email. Accepted material will receive a response within 60-120 days.  If you have not heard from us about a submission in over 120 days, you may safely assume we have not chosen your material. Please understand that we copy and paste from your document, and though we may catch and correct an occasional obvious mistake during the course of compiling our magazine, original errors are your responsibility. We reserve the right to perform minor edits for clarity on scheduled material when deemed appropriate. Submission indicates permission to publish in our print magazine as well as on our blog and social media pages. We reserve the right to remove from our lineup or move to a later issue, any previously accepted material for any reason.  Editor's decisions are final.

WE DO ACCEPT PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED MATERIAL However we require the name of the publication in which it first appeared. We want to give proper credit. 

COMMENTS: We accept no responsibility for plagiarism on the part of a contributor. Copyright reverts to individual authors upon publication. We require one-time paper and electronic rights (which means your work may appear in our print magazine and/or in our blog). Please note: that by submitting to us, you will be added to our Cloud 9 Publishing newsletter email list. Don’t worry, we won’t abuse the privilege, and you have the option to unsubscribe. All prices, policies, and fees are subject to change without notice. 

REGARDING AUTHOR BIOS: We love it when authors send us their bios, it helps us know who you are. Occasionally, we include all or part of an author's bio in the magazine (usually after a short story or article at the editor's discretion) but we do not promise that your bio will be used. 

TYPO AND ERROR POLICY: We follow the generally accepted industry standard as referenced in the New York Public Library’s Writer’s Guide to Style and Usage. We cannot reproduce material in its entirety. We will print an errata/erratum notice in a subsequent issue or on the website. 

NOTE: The above guidelines may seem a bit long and involved, but trust us, every potential issue has happened to us in the past.

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