concīs is an online and e-pub journal devoted to brevity: the succinct, pithy, condensed, laconic, crisp, compressed and compendious. It’s simple in approach and simple in design…but not simple-minded. Genre—if you believe in such labels—is unimportant: poems, prose poems, flash fictions, micro-essays, reviews in miniature, sudden fictions, haiku, tanka, American Sentences, insights, epigrams, the unclassifiable…they’re all good.

How to Read concīs

Work published in concīs is featured individually on the Home page for a time, shared with other work in the Stream and finally compiled into a Seasonal issue.

What Makes Us Different?

Maybe not all different, but concīs:

  • pays (modestly)…or authors can choose to donate their payment to Room to Read and we’ll double it!
  • accepts and features work on a rolling basis throughout the year
  • will publish free seasonal ebook and/or PDF issues
  • will publish select original print and electronic creations (tiny chapbooks, micro-sites, not-so-broadsides, who knows?)


Authors who publish in concīs can choose to donate their payment to charity…and we match it! See how much we’ve raised so far.


Submit your work. It’s simple. And we pay (a little).

Publication Schedule

  1. Ongoing: each work is featured on the Home Page and in the Stream as they are accepted.
  2. Seasonal Issues: three times per year—Winter (published in January), Spring (published in May) and Summer (published in September)—works will be compiled into Seasons (issues) for web and ebook reading.
  3. Print: Selected works will be published in print form(s) yet to be determined with a separate payment negotiated for that use.

Support & Supporters

Publication of concīs is only possible through the contributions of supporters, including supporting authors. Do you want to help?


Founder, Editor and Receiver-of-Complaints

Chris Lott and his (sometimes dis-)associated personalities. Chris is a  teacher, pen and paper addict, occasional poet, founding editor of Eclectica Magazine and proprietor/improprietor of the surprisingly popular Katexic Clippings email newsletter.

Co-Founder, Reader, Man of Mystery

Galen Dotey, who has published poetry in various tiny paper publications while working as a wildland firefighter, day laborer, short order cook and bookstore gopher. This is more or less his first foray into the online world…in just about any form!

Contributing Editor

Christopher Miles, a damn fine poet himself, who is thankfully generous with his time.