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. Results of the current contest will be announced by the end of May 2023. Click here for results of last year’s contest. Full contest guidelines are available on Submittable. The contest is open. Enter now.
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 Inkwell Management, Monika Woods of Triangle House, and Emily Forland of Brandt & Hochman. Three Finalists will win $100 each. Results of this year’s contest will be announced by the end of May 2023. Click here for the results of last year’s contest. Full contest guidelines are available on Submittable. The contest is open. Enter now.
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.
(If a piece was published in a known journal that has since closed and the piece is currently unavailable, we will consider a reprint, though acceptance would be rare, and only after a full disclosure of previous publication circumstances.)
What We Pay*
LitMag Print: Upon acceptance, we pay $500 for full-length fiction or nonfiction (5,000+ words); $250 for fiction or nonfiction (2,500-4,999 words); $125 for a poem, a group of short poems, or a short short (flash).
LitMag Online: Upon acceptance, we pay $125.
Artwork for LitMag Print: Upon acceptance, we pay $150 for a small spread of original artwork, photographs, or cartoons, etc. Note: All artwork must be in Black & White.
*Due to Covid-19 and the destruction of copies of LitMag #3 weeks after they were printed, we had to change what we 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 Dec. 31; Feb 1 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 Dec 31; Feb 1 to May 31
Artwork (print) is open: Sept 1 to May 31 (Note: Black & White only)
LitMag‘s Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction. The contest deadline has been extended to January 10, 2023. Submit now.
LitMag‘s Anton Chekhov Award for Flash Fiction. The contest is closed. Submit now.
See previous contest results.
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 six months, but please understand that the volume of submissions may require us to take longer, especially for work under serious consideration.