Submit to Ruthless Peoples

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Come. Submit to us. Our submissions form is at the bottom of this page.

We publish two stories a month and pay $100 for each. Stories must be previously unpublished and the writer’s own creative work.


If excellence could be defined it would cease to exist. RPM subscribes to no genre. Capture something of the human condition in a story of ghosts or femme fatales or dusty electricians or rivalries at work, if you like–or in the brass dials of a spy satellite, the wink of an elephant’s greasy nostril, a collapsing circus tent.

With that said, the preference is for character over caricature, drama over hysteria, plot over passivity, fresh observation over cliche. Juvenile or pretentious work is revolting, so bring a sense of a character reaching for the maximum understanding of what lies in front of them, and acting on it. Choice-making ruthlessness needs to be at the heart of every RPM story. The ruthlessness does not have to be brash or brutal–it could be as simple and hurtful as closing a door, or saying goodbye.

Stories should be no longer than 1,000 words.

Update: subject matter

9th April 2014. RPM has now accepted two pieces concerning unusual sexual practices. The pieces are excellent and you should read them, but that is sufficient for now. We won’t be accepting further work with sex as a predominant theme for the time being.


We take First Electronic Rights over accepted work, exclusive for 12 months. We pay on acceptance.

Do it now

Submit your story to us right now. Use the form below. We will respond within 7 days or fewer.

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If anyone doesn’t receive: (1)  a confirmation message within 2 hours of submitting, or (2) a response indicating acceptance, decline or further consideration within seven days of submitting, please email .