Welcome to the expanded version of Halcyon. I was pleased with the previous magazine and received positive feedback. But I had to reject publication-worthy submissions because they had to have a seasonal theme. Despite getting manuscripts that strayed from the guidelines, their literary beauty impressed me. At that point, I made a change and expanded the magazine to include more generalized topics instead of seasonal content. 

Halcyon Days has uplifting poems and stories, images, and message. It compliments the phrase “Keep Calm.”

Current reading schedule for issue 6 submissions
April 1-June 10, 2017.

General – those required in all submissions
  • Theme: relaxing, tranquil, uplifting, positive.
  • Length: no minimum but it has to hold the reader’s attention.
  • Margins: 1.5 inches so I can make editorial notes.
  • POV: I prefer 3rd person. However, if written in the perspective of an inanimate object or animal, I’ll accept the 1st person. 
  • Deadlines: the 10th of March, June, September, and December.
  • If your submission doesn’t have a setting, it will go into the next issue.
  • If your submission has a seasonal setting and it’s accepted, it will go into the relevant edition. A Valentine or Christmas based story would seem out of place in a June issue.
      o   Spring – March issue
         o   Summer – June issue
         o   Autumn – September issue
         o   Winter - December issue

  • Send a maximum of five poems
  • Length: no minimum but it has to hold the reader’s attention
  • 1.5 margins
  • Style: I prefer punctuated poems and those where the first words are NOT all capitalized.
    But exceptions will be considered.
  • Instills a sense of well-being and inspiration. It should be something that makes the reader want to dwell on what they read (see example tab).
  • Forms: All. Haiku should be in the traditional 5-7-5 format.
  • I may include up to three from the same author in the same issue.
  • Think unstressed, peace, relax, dream. 
  • Submit as a .doc/.docx or rtf attachment. If you can't, please enter it in the body of the email.

  • Length: no minimum
  • Spacing and Margins:1.5
  • Conveys characters that learn about themselves and others, who see the glass half full. By the end of the story, they make a difference in the lives of others. Please include a 1-3 sentence (or 50 words) teaser for your piece in the email or submission.
  • Submit as an attachment.
  • Submit as a .doc/.docx or rtf attachment. If you can't, please enter it in the body of the email.
Non-fiction Articles 
  • Length: no minimum
  • Spacing and Margins: 1.5
  • Includes topics that provide ways for the reader to relax, unwind, forgive, make a difference, inspire creativity, or discover locations.
  • Submit as a .doc/.docx or rtf attachment. If you can't, please enter it in the body of the email.
Do you have an eye-catching photo? Please attach one or more high-resolution photo in an email with your attribution. Also include what camera you used. 

Email your submissions to
  • In the subject line type “Halcyon Days: [poem, story, article, a haiku collection, photo, recipe, etc.]” Replace the text in brackets with the appropriate category.
  • In the body include why you think your submission is a fit for Halcyon Days, your contact information, where you found the website, and if you know how to use the comments feature in Word.
  • If accepted, I'll ask for a third person bio, an optional photo, and an optional email address/social contact info for reader feedback. 
Have a Halcyon Day!


  1. Monique, Your fall issue of Halcyon Days is golden and glorious. Are you open for reading for the winter issue yet? Thanks. Ingrid

    1. I appreciate the compliment! Yes, I am definitely open to winter submissions. Thanks for asking.

  2. Monique, do you have a maximum word count for short stories? It seems I saw one before in submission guidelines, but don't see it now. I have a long story to submit, but I respect your time. I won't send anything not fitting your guidelines. Thanks. Nancy

    1. I used to have a maximum word count but decided to drop it. Use as many words as it takes to tell the story. Thanks for asking.

  3. AMAZING cover!! AMAZING issue!! I'll be submitting for Spring for sure. This magazine is BEAUTIFUL!!