- You can submit anytime. If you don’t hear from us after eight weeks, please feel free to contact us. It may well be that we’ve been abducted by aliens.
- We’re pretty ok with reprints.
- Speaking of, we strongly encourage writer’s in other languages to send us their English translations. You can submit in German. If we love it, we can translate it.
- Simultaneous submissions are A-OK. You know the drill, please let us know if it’s picked up somewhere else first.
- Please send .doc files, double-spaced (fiction only) and in Times New Roman. Please don’t put your name on the file. We want to do as blind of readings as possible, but please put the name of your story/poem in your email. Also, you don’t need to send us a bio, or a cover letter. If we decide to publish your piece, then we’ll ask for that magical bio.
- If we decide to publish your piece, then we’ll ask you if you’d like to submit an image, that you own the copyright to, to accompany it. If you don’t have one, or don’t want to, then we’ll ask one of our fantastic artist friends to provide one.
- And if we go with your piece, we’d love to shower you with jewels and riches beyond your wildest dreams, but sadly, it’s just gonna to have to stay in your dreams, because we have no money, aka no funding. Sorry.
- We want, and welcome, a diverse group of people submitting from every race, colour, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, and those with physical or mental disabilities.
- Do we need to say this? We’re totally against sexism, racism, classism, and every other -ism that stinks.
We accept stories anywhere between 0-3000 words. A few words more than that and we can be flexible about it if we love it. If you can write an amazing story less than zero words, well, that would really impress us. Generally the shorter the better. Nobody has an attention span anymore.
We love stories that are wildly hilarious, off the wall, surreal and surprising, magic realism, most things speculative but also stories that aren’t those things too. We just like good stories. To get a sense of what we’re generally into here’s a list of writers we’re especially fond of:
Octavia E. Butler, Alissa Nutting, Zoe Whittall, Eileen Myles, Tove Jansson, Etgar Keret, Ottessa Moshfegh, Roxanne Gay, Angela Carter, David Sedaris, Lisa Moore, Audre Lorde, Sarah Hall, Jhumpa Lahiri, Alice Munro, Miranda July, Tessa Hadley, Mary Gaitskill, Chelsea Martin, Kurt Vonnegut, Marjane Satrapi, George Saunders, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Barbara Gowdy, Heather O’Neill, Eden Robinson, Carmen Maria Machado, Camilla Grudova, and Vivek Shraya just to name a few.
***Also, if you’re considering sending us a relationship/break-up story (especially heteronormative), please ask yourself if it’s really interesting for anybody else.***
Send your short stories submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our poetry desires are fickle and we’re always willing to have our minds changed at any moment by really fucking good writing. However, in general
things that warm our hearts include:
Poems about magic, dirty makeouts, vomit and dinosaurs.
Poems that sound like the lovechild of Melissa Broder & Jeffrey Lewis.
Riot grrl poems.
Surrealism, weirdness, and poems from the guts.
whereas we’re a bit meh about:
Poems about breakups, drinking in bars, and the seasons as metaphors for your heart.
Poems that sound like Bukowski & internalised misogyny.
Over-reliance on form.
Intellectualism, caution, and poems from the MFA application.
Send up to four poems in a single document to email@example.com.
***We have some problems replicating complicated spacing in poems, so please don’t send us those!***
We’re always looking for great artists interested in contributing their works to accompany the stories and poems. If you’re one of those, drop us a line and send us a link to what you do at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All copyright remains with you, sweet author, but you agree that we can publish it on our site and pick an image to go with it. And if you reprint it somewhere else after first publishing with us, it would be swell if you mentioned it was in L&L first.