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.
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 $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
Fiction is open: 9/1/18 to 11/30/18; 2/1/19 to 7/31/19
Poetry is open: 9/1/18 to 11/30/18; 3/1/19 to 7/31/19
Nonfiction is open: 9/1/18 to 11/30/18; 1/1/19 to 7/31/19
LitMag Online is open: 9/1/18 to 11/30/18; 2/1/19 to 7/31/19
*There will be a window of free submissions for fiction, nonfiction and poetry from 6/1/19 to 6/3/19.
LitMag’s Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction for 2019 will open on 7/15/2018. The deadline is 12/15/2018. Results will be announced in March 2019. See the 2018 contest results. Read an interview with last year’s winner.
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 two months, but please understand that the volume of submissions may require us to take longer, especially for work under serious consideration.