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: $3,500, publication, and agency review by Sobel Weber Associates (clients include: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Richard Russo, Laura Lee Smith). Winner and finalists will be announced by March 31, 2019.  Full contest guidelines are available on Submittable.

LitMag‘s Anton Chekhov Award for Flash Fiction 
First Prize: $1,250 and publication. Three Finalists will win $100 each. Winner and finalists will be announced by January 31st 2020.  Full contest guidelines are available on Submittable.

What We Look For 
Work that moves and amazes us.
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.

Previously Unpublished
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 $1,000 for fiction or nonfiction; $250 for a poem, a group of short poems, or (the rare) short short

LitMag Online: Upon acceptance, we pay $250

What We Acquire
LitMag acquires First English-language print and electronic rights.
Copyright reverts to the author upon publication.

When to Submit
Regular submissions:

Fiction is open: 9/1/18 to 11/30/18; 2/1/19 to 5/31/19
Poetry is open:  9/1/18 to 11/30/18; 2/1/19 to 5/31/19
Nonfiction is open: 9/1/18 to 11/30/18; 1/1/19 to 5/31/19
LitMag Online is open: 9/1/18 to 11/30/18; 2/1/19 to 5/31/19

Contest Deadlines:

LitMag’s Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction for 2019 is now closed. Thank you to all of you who entered. Results will be announced in March 2019. See the 2018 contest results. Read an interview with last year’s winner.

LitMag’s Anton Chekhov Award for Flash Fiction is open. Results will be announced in January 2020.

How to Submit
Online. We use Submittable. (Saves trees, prevents paper cuts.) We do not consider emails with attachments or snail mail.

Multiple Submissions
Please submit only once in each category and wait until you receive our response before submitting again. (A contest is its own category.)

Simultaneous Submissions
Yes, of course. But please withdraw your submission immediately via Submittable if another publication beats us to your work.

Response time
We try to respond to submissions as quickly as possible and strive to send a decision within two months, but please understand that the volume of submissions may require us to take longer, especially for work under serious consideration.

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