Swamp Biscuits & Tea is an online journal of imaginative short fiction. Though magic realism is our primary focus, our journal strives to coalesce an interesting variety of styles and genres, of strangeness and familiarity, into a weird and wonderful gumbo that is uniquely our own.
We publish five stories per issue. New issues are released shortly after all slots are filled.
Presently we are an online-only publication. In time we may opt for a print anthology, which would include some of our favorite stories since our swampish beginnings; but for the moment, this is pure whimsy.
Things we like:
Imagination. We love it. Specifically, the following list comprises the classifications we tend to appreciate most: magic realism, literary fiction, bizarro, weird tale, slipstream, science fiction, noir, surrealism, experimental, absurdist, mystery, hardboiled, quirky, fantasy, or any combination of these. We will gladly consider other classifications as well, especially if a story challenges boundaries and inadvertently invents its own classification. Stories with a speculative twist are given preference, but to us, a good story is a good story. We sometimes like humor, but only if it is witty, intelligent, or completely childish. We like dreamy, imaginative, and/or warped realities, which may be drug-induced or otherwise. We like samurai stories and mariachi bands. We like deep plots—the kind you can get lost in without even realizing it. We like characters and settings that are colorful, interesting and memorable. We like original voices, excellent grammar and tight sentence structure. We like strong dialogue, and plenty of it. Finally, we like—and will exclusively publish—only the most unique, superbly written stories of fiction, whether they be from seasoned, award-winning authors or from highly gifted, unpublished newcomers.
Things we don’t like:
Erotica, romance, sword and sorcery, monsters/creatures/beings of someone else’e imagination (e.g. vampires, werewolves, zombies, dragons, mermaids, etc), excessive gore, excessive foul language (though it’s fine in moderation—we just don’t care for “shock fiction”), rape, misogyny, racism, political agendas, overtly religious stories, stories told in 2nd person, stories with a lot of exposition, YA/children’s stories, space operas, superhero stories, fan fiction, and stories with a lot of modern technology like iPhones, MP3s, or DVD players (“older” technology, however, such as payphones, LPs, and VHS players are very much welcome).
Authors to inspire submitters:
Haruki Murakami, Kurt Vonnegut, Neil Gaiman, Franz Kafka, Walter Moers, George Orwell, Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Gabriel García Márquez, Kobo Abe, Paul Auster, Jorge Luis Borges, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Harlan Ellison, John Kennedy Toole, Jonathan Swift, Mikhail Bulgakov, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hunter S. Thompson, Raymond Carver, Raymond Chandler, Miguel de Cervantes, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Mary Shelley, Herman Melville, Jack Kerouac