Literary Submissions


Issue Theme Submission Period
Spring 2017 Renewal January 16, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Summer 2017 Evolution April 16, 2017 to June 15, 2017


We want your best original, unpublished literary work on the theme for the current submission cycle. You are free to interpret the theme in your own way.

By submitting, you declare that your work:

  1. is unpublished,
  2. is your own work,
  3. and you own the rights to the work.

Formatting Your Manuscript:

  1. Type the manuscript in 12-point Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages.
  2. Use double-spacing for fiction and single-spacing for poetry.
  3. Include the author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address at the top of the first page.
  4. Include a 75-word biography at the end.
  5. Send only ONE document containing everything. We accept.doc, .docx, or .rtf  files.

Timing: We accept Submissions year-round.

Simultaneous Submissions: If this is a simultaneous submission, please indicate in your submission and if it is accepted elsewhere, please let us know immediately.

No revisions to the submitted work are allowed. The editors reserve the right to do minor edits for clarity.

Word Count Guidelines:

Fiction: 1000-5000 words.

Poetry: Up to five poems. Each poem must be 50 lines of fewer. We love all forms of poetry: all forms of metered, free-verse, form, and prose poetry.

How to Send Us Your Work: We accept submissions only through email at this time. You may send us manuscripts for the following categories: Short Story and Poetry. Your manuscript must be in one of the following file forms: .doc, .docx, or.rtf.

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Please send only ONE document to with “Submission” in the subject header.

Please wait at least three months between submissions.

Submissions not adhering to these guidelines will be deleted unread.

Publication Rights:  The Literary Nest acquires First North American Serial Rights to published works, which means that copyrights for any works published in The Literary Nest revert to the author upon publication. We reserve the right to feature published works or excerpts on our website and in its promotions. We also reserve the right to use your work in any future print anthology.

Every submission is acknowledged upon receipt. We send acceptance letters at least two weeks before the issue is published. We may or may not send rejection letters. If you didn’t hear from us, feel free to contact us.

Please direct any questions to

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