What We Publish
Short stories, novellas
Creative nonfiction; essays on literature, art, culture, and music; biography, memoir
No restrictions on style or form
Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry
Up to 4,000 words.
LitMag‘s Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction
First Prize: $2,500 + publication + agency review by Nat Sobel of Sobel Weber Associates, Lisa Bankoff of Bankoff Collaborative, Erin Harris and Sonali Chanchani of Folio Literary Management, Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency, David Forrer of Inkwell Management, Monika Woods of Triangle House, and Emily Forland of Brandt & Hochman. Go here for results of last year’s contest. Deadline: 12/31/2020. Winner and finalists will be announced by May 2021. Full contest guidelines are available on Submittable.
LitMag‘s Anton Chekhov Award for Flash Fiction
First Prize: $1,250 + publication + agency review by Nat Sobel of Sobel Weber Associates, Erin Harris and Sonali Chanchani of Folio Literary Management, Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency, David Forrer of Inwell Management, Monika Woods of Triangle House, and Emily Forland of Brand & Hochman. Three Finalists will win $100 each. Go here for results of last year’s contest. Deadline: 11/30/2020. Winner and finalists will be announced by March 2021. Full contest guidelines are available on Submittable.
We are drawn to big minds, large hearts, sharp pens
Word Count Limits
Print: 15,000 words
Online: 4,000 words
What to Send
One story or essay at a time, up to five poems.
Please wait until you have heard back from us before submitting again.
We do not consider work that has previously been published either in print or online (including personal blogs etc.)
What We Pay*
LitMag Print: Upon acceptance, we pay $500 for fiction or nonfiction; $125 for a poem, a group of short poems, or (the rare) short short.
LitMag Online: Upon acceptance, we pay $125.
*Due to Covid-19 and the destruction of copies of LitMag #3 weeks after they were printed, we have had to change what pay. Please read this blog post about LitMag and Covid-19.
What We Acquire
LitMag acquires First English-language print and electronic rights.
Copyright reverts to the author upon publication.
When to Submit
Fiction is open: Sept 1 to Nov. 30; Feb to May 31
Poetry is open: Sept 1 to Dec 31; Feb 1 to May 31
Nonfiction is open: Sept 1 to Nov 30; Jan 1 to May 31
LitMag Online is open: Sept 1 to Nov 30; Feb 1 to May 31
LitMag‘s Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction for 2019 is now open. Deadline: 12/31/2020. See last year’s contest results.
LitMag‘s Anton Chekhov Award for Flash Fiction is open. Deadline: 11/15/2020. Results for 2020 Winner and Finalists are here.
How to Submit
Online. We use Submittable. (Saves trees, prevents paper cuts.) We do not consider emails with attachments or snail mail.
Please submit only once in each category and wait until you receive our response before submitting again. (A contest is its own category.)
Yes, of course. But please withdraw your submission immediately via Submittable if another publication beats us to your work.
We try to respond to submissions as quickly as possible and strive to send a decision within four months, but please understand that the volume of submissions may require us to take longer, especially for work under serious consideration. (Yes, there was a time we were able to respond in only two months.)