As the #1 destination on Medium for all-things humor, and think-pieces on cats, Slackjaw wouldn’t be what it is without you, High Warlock of Funny Ideas. That said, we do accept submissions from humor writers of all backgrounds and extraterrestrial lifeforms.
If you’re interested in submitting a humor piece to Slackjaw, please email email@example.com with a private link to your unpublished Medium draft.
Please keep in mind…
- Our pieces fall under 1,000 words. Less is better. But not too less. Most pieces are 300–750 words.
- We publish funny writing. This includes premise-driven humor pieces, humorous essays, and occasionally comedic fiction — if it feels right. We don’t publish fake-news/Onion-style pieces.
- To get a feel for what we publish, please read Slackjaw. Then check out some of our trending pieces and greatest hits.
- Send us an unpublished, private Medium draft. Attachments and pasted texts scare us!
- Existing Slackjaw writers, and new writers, should email all drafts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We ask our writers to submit Medium member (gated paywall) pieces. This ensures that you get paid for your writing and you reach more readers via Medium topics.
- Only one submission at a time, please. Contrary to popular belief, we aren’t robots.
- Expect a reply in one to two weeks — sometimes more, sometimes less — depending on the alignment of earth’s rotational axis with the business hours of your local Costco.
If your piece fits, we’ll add you as a writer and publish it.
We get many more submissions than we can publish. To maximize your chances…
- Give your piece a clear and funny or interesting title that will make readers go, “That sounds cool! I’m clickin’, baby!”
- Good title example: “Things My Therapist Says to Me That I’ve Also Said to My Kids While Teaching Them to Ride Their Bikes.”
- We like pieces with a clear humor premise in the title and first paragraph. We’re allergic to long, unfunny preambles. We have a doctor’s note on this.
- Also, it wouldn’t hurt to read these: “How to Write Satire and Humor,” and “Top 10 Short Humor Writing Mistakes,” by Alex Baia.
Farewell and prosper,
The Slackjaw Editors (and Matthew McConaughey)