Following The Ochre Issue for 2016, we will publish The Translucent Issue in 2017. As with The Mauve Issue and The Ochre Issue, this issue is unthemed, although we are interested in work that addresses translucency and its siblings: opacity and transparency.

Free regular submissions will remain open until May 25, 2016, at which point only our contest will remain open, until July 15th.

  • For free regular submissions, please submit only once per category during this reading period. For example, two or more submissions to the prose category will cause all but the first to be withdrawn from consideration, but one fiction and one poetry submission is fine. If a member of the editorial staff invites you to resubmit during the same reading period, then that is acceptable.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but be sure to withdraw your work via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere for publication.
  • No submissions from those who will be published in The Ochre Issue—contest submissions are exempt from this rule, however.
  • Direct all inquiries and comments to
  • All pieces should be original and previously unpublished—translations are exempt, of course.
Please submit up to 10 pieces of any original artwork, illustrated text, and graphic work (comics, black-line drawings, etc.) here. Artwork must be in high-resolution (300 dpi or higher) to be considered.

Artwork is considered for either print or online publication. If you have serious qualms with your work being in one of the two mediums, let us know in the cover letter, but print-only submissions will likely result in much longer response times.
As of mid-November 2015, we are accepting works of translation year-round. Works accepted will be published as soon as possible, depending on production schedules; for example, works accepted late in 2015 may not appear in print until the 2017 issue.

We are primarily interesting in works translated from any language into English, although we maintain a certain curiosity in works translated into Spanish as well.

Please provide proof of permission to translate and/or indicate public domain material. Submit up to 8,000 words of a single prose piece for our consideration, or up to linked three flash pieces of prose each under 1,000 words, or 3-5 poems totaling no more than 10 pages. For prose, manuscripts should be double-spaced, paginated, and in 12 pt. font unless the form of the piece dictates otherwise. For poetry, format can be dictated by the work in question.

Works that are not clearly stated as translations (either in the cover letter or in the body of the attached document), with the aforementioned permission/public domain indication, will be returned unread.

Query to about longer or unusual projects that fit outside these guidelines. 

Simultaneous submissions are fine provided you notify us as soon as possible if the work has been accepted elsewhere—withdraw the piece here on Submittable or, in the case of a packet with multiple pieces, send an email to stating which piece(s) have been accepted and should be withdrawn from consideration. Please see complete guidelines on our website for more information.

Tiny Donkey publishes short essays (up to 400 words in length) that explore fairy tales through scholarly, personal and cultural lenses. Tiny Donkey has a strong focus on original thought and dexterous, polished writing.

You can write Tiny Donkey essays from a lot of different angles (our first three posts include a piece that analyzes a film in relation to Bluebeard, one that ties in wolf re-introduction in New Mexico to wolf tropes in fairy tales, and a personal essay about hollow mountains, Jack Tales and the coal industry in Appalachia). You might come up with an entirely new idea, or turn a class paper in to a polished micro-essay. We’re open to challenging and unique form and content, just get in touch!