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). Go here for results of last year’s contest. Full contest guidelines are available here or on Submittable.
LitMag‘s Anton Chekhov Award for Flash Fiction
First Prize: $1,250 and publication and agency review by Sobel Weber Associates (clients include: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Richard Russo, Laura Lee Smith). Three Finalists will win $100 each. Deadline: 10/1/2019. Winner and finalists will be announced by January 31st 2020. 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 at this time to decrease 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: 9/1/19 to 11/30/19; 2/1/20 to 5/31/20
Poetry is open: 9/1/19 to 12/31/19; 2/1/20 to 5/31/20
Nonfiction is open: 9/1/19 to 11/30/19; 1/1/20 to 5/31/20
LitMag Online is open: 9/1/19 to 11/30/19; 2/1/20 to 5/31/20
LitMag‘s Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction for 2019 is now open. Deadline: 12/15/2019. See last year’s contest results. In NYC, closed in fight to stop the spread of the virus. Announcement of results will be delayed until April 30, 2020.
LitMag‘s Anton Chekhov Award for Flash Fiction is open. Deadline: 10/1/2019. 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 two months, but please understand that the volume of submissions may require us to take longer, especially for work under serious consideration.