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Submission Guidelines

Firefly Magazine, formerly entitled Number One, is an independent, non-profit journal published semi-anually by Volunteeer State Community College. Submissions of poetry and short fiction are welcomed.

Our spring edition features poetry and is published in April of each year, and our fall edition is comprised of short fiction pieces and is published in November.

  • All works must be typed and double-spaced (single-spaced for poetry is acceptable).
  • Please enclose a cover letter with author's name and address, brief bio, and a SASE.
  • Works cannot be returned without a stamped self-addressed envelope.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcomed as long as they are indicated as such and we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
  • Translations are welcomed if permission has been granted.
  • Please limit poetry and short fiction submissions to four (4) per person.
  • Fiction works must be 10,000 words or less; please include an approximate word count.
  • Submit your work at any time during our reading period; if a manuscript is not timely for one issue, it will be considered for another.
  • Submissions can be sent by electronic mail or snail mail. Send electronic submissions either in the body of an email or as an attachment in Microsoft word to
  • Send snail mail submissions to

          • Managing Editor, Firefly Magazine
            Humanities Division
            Volunteer State Community College
            1480 Nashville Pike
            Gallatin, Tennessee 37066-3188

For more information about literary magazines, consult directories such as The Writer's Market and The International Directory of Literary Magazines and Small Presses.

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