Our goal isn’t to make fun of anything, but to showcase how comedy writing can make all sorts of subjects accessible. We want to hear your story – what makes you angry, what upsets you, what brings you joy, what makes you laugh.

We’re happy to accept short fiction, poetry, non-fiction, articles… anything! If your style is a little bit more experimental and you’re not sure if you fit into those categories, go ahead and send it in anyway. We will read and provide feedback to all.

We will NOT accept any pieces that perpetuate sexism, racism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, or any other sort of -ism or -phobia you can think of. We will happily read about your experience of these things, but pieces that discriminate against others will be rejected.


Fiction, non-fiction and articles limit – 1,000 words
Poetry limit – 3 pages (up to 3 poems)

Please include a short (50 words max) third person bio to be included with your work, and any social media handles you would like to be included. You can also include a headshot if you like!

Feel free to include any artwork you would like to accompany your piece (incl. photography) but please make sure you have the rights to use it!

Please send all submissions in .docx format, size 12, single spaced to

‘We’ are a one-woman team, so please allow up to 14 days for a reply, and feel free to query if you have not heard back after this time.

We will accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your piece has been published elsewhere and withdraw your submission by emailing

Your work will always be yours, first and foremost. You can re-submit pieces to Riot Act that have been published elsewhere, but please make sure you tell us so we can credit the initial publication.

If Riot Act would like to republish your work in future as part of an anthology, we will let you know so that you have an opportunity to decline if you so wish.

We do not currently charge reading fees and so are unable to pay upon publication – we hope this is something we can reconsider in future! However, we will promote you across our social media and in our issues. Again, as this is not a paid opportunity your work remains entirely your own and you are free to resubmit to other publications without asking our permission!