LitMag publishes an annual print journal as well as online exclusives.  

What we publish - Fiction, Nonfiction; Poetry
What We Look For - Work that moves and amazes us. We are drawn to big minds, large hearts, sharp pens
Word Count Limits - LitMag (print): 15,000 words; Litmag Online: 4,000 words
What We Pay - LitMag Print: Upon acceptance, we pay $500 for fiction and nonfiction (5,000+ words); $250 for fiction and nonfiction (2,500-4,999 words); $125 for poetry or a short short (flash). LitMag Online: Upon acceptance, we pay $125.. LitMag acquires First English-language print and electronic rights. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication. 

When We Are Open for Submissions -

Fiction is open: 9/1/ to 11/30; 2/1 to 5/31
Poetry is open:  9/1 to 11/30; 2/1/19 to 5/31
Nonfiction is open: 9/1 to 11/30; 1/1 to 5/31
LitMag Online (F, P, NF) is open: 9/1 to 11/30; 2/1 to 5/31


General Guidelines
Please submit only once in each category and wait until you receive our response before submitting again. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your submission immediately via Submittable. if another publication beats us to your work. We try to respond to submissions within four months, but please understand that the volume of submissions may require us to take longer.

Contest Guidelines
LitMag's Virginai Woolf Award for Short Fiction, 3,000 - 8,000 words.

LitMag's Anton Chekhov Award for Flash Fiction, 500 to 1,500 words.

See individual contest guidelines below.

We look forward to reading your work. Thank you for submitting.

By submitting to LitMag you agree to let us send you e-mail of interest to writers who submit. We send very few emails. And you may opt out at any time.


LitMag’s Anton Chekhov Award for Flash Fiction
First Prize: $1,250 + publication in LitMag + 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,
Finalists: Three finalists will receive $100 each.
All finalists will be considered for possible agency review and publication.
Deadline: November 30, 2021.
Contest Fee: $16
Submission Guidelines: Entries must be short stories between 500 and 1,500 words. Please use 12pt type, preferably Times New Roman, and submit your short story as either a Word doc or a PDF. Only previously unpublished short stories are eligible. Writers may submit multiple stories, each of which requires a separate submission. Submissions through Submittable only.  Notification: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. The winning short stories and finalists will be announced publicly on our Web site and social media as well as by email to all contestants in March 2022

LitMag’s Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction

First Prize: $2,500, publication in LitMag and 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 .
Finalists: Three finalists will receive $100 each.
All finalists will be considered possible agency review and publication.

Deadline: December 31, 2021.

Contest Fee: $20

Submission Guidelines: Entries must be short stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. Please use 12pt type, preferably Times New Roman, and submit your short story as either a Word doc or a PDF. Only previously unpublished short stories are eligible. Writers may submit multiple stories, each of which requires a separate submission. Submissions through Submittable only.  Notification: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. The winning short stories and finalists will be announced publicly on our Web site and social media as well as by email to all contestants in May 2022.

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LitMag publishes fiction up to 15,000 words. Please send one story at time.



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Creative nonfiction; essays
on literature, art, and culture, music; biography, memoir. Up to 15,000 words. Please send one work
at a time.



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No restrictions on style or form. Please send up to five poems at a time. Amaze us. Make us think and feel.

Send up to five poems, all in one file.




Up to 5 poems
Under 4,000 words.
Under 4,000 words.

Please send a small group of original artwork, photographs, or cartoons.  Note: Black & White ONLY.

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