Below in each category you'll find the details of the submission process--a process we've tried to make as easy as possible. If you're looking for information about Literary Orphans aesthetics, check out our About webpage. We do not accept pieces that have been published elsewhere in any category, unless that place is a personal blog or work-shopping website.

A heads up--as much as we'd like to, we cannot afford to pay writers or artists for their contributions until we grow further.

Literary Orphans has its roots as a short fiction and art magazine, and within that Derridean binary, fiction comes first. Yeah. If we're forced to pick sides we'd leave art on the Titanic, but we'd still love it, too; really, and we'd have horribly bad nightmares while we spent a blissful life raising fiction up to be an astronaut.

We accept all types of fiction. We have a need for micro fiction, flash, and short stories. As long as it's 2,000 words or under (1,500 is our sweet spot), send it over. Due to our high volume of submissions, please send us your absolute best piece. If you've got one or two "best" pieces, feel free to send them both, but try to limit multiple submissions to two or less in a 60-day time-span (totaling no more than 2,000 words between them).

If it's longer than 2,000 words, query first at Let us know how long and why you feel this longer piece would be a great fit. 


Think narrative fiction is overrated? Fancy yourself a poet? Shoot us a submission. The crazier, the more unconventional, the better. Give us a rhythm. Sway us with your carefully crafted words.

  We accept three pieces for consideration at a time.

  Please attach it all as one single file below.


Are you a teen writer? Meaning 19 or under?

  We think that's great, and we want to encourage you to submit. We wish that we were as cool as you are, checking out a great site like us at your age. If you are a little nervous about submitting to our general killing fields where our competition is super stiff--which you are always welcome to do--submit here! Once an issue, if the submission quality is up to par, we publish a single, featured teen writer. This is the place to submit.

  FICTION: No fiction longer than 3,000 words.
POETRY: Only send 3 poems at a time.

Just attach the document here, and submit!

 If you have any questions, e-mails us at:


  We accept submissions of creative nonfiction that matches our aesthetic. Articles written with powerful prose about unique topics can find a place here. Reviews of books, movies, albums have a place here. We're especially interested in articles that examine geographical places within the western and non-western world. Same thing with interviews - if you have an interview, shoot it our way, and we'll take a look at it!

Stories will be featured in our bi-monthly Literary Orphans issue on the main website. Please keep to a word count of 5,000 or less. Also, please refrain from submitting academic papers; very few of us have scholarly goatees to stroke.

  Send any questions to:

Scott Waldyn


Literary Orphans Journal is a DIY-style online literary journal. Since our launch over 5 years ago, we've had over 70 photographers and artists featured in our pages. All of us here do this for the love of the craft; we love writing, we love art, we love the magic those two things make when they're forged together and weaponized. 

Literary Orphans (LO) is a free journal and is committed to remaining so. We do not charge for submissions nor do we plan to. The journal is supported by the senior staff as a labor of love. As such, unfortunately we cannot offer any payment for this position.

What we can offer however is exposure, experience, and networking opportunities. Our first issue attracted under 1,000 unique viewers--now each issue brings in over 20,000 during its 2 month broadcast. Each year at LO, we clock in over 100,000 unique viewers, with many of these viewers being dedicated regulars. 

Each issue of LO features around 30 writers. The Art Editor can read these as they are selected in our submissions manager, and then solicits artists they think will pair well with the issue. Every writing piece generally contains 2 (or more) art pairings selected from the online pool of photographers. The Art Editor uploads these to the corresponding story, laying them out in the way they think best captures to essence of the piece and accentuates the artistry. The final step for the Art Editor is to compile a central hub "artist page" for the artists featured in the issue; where they write a brief artistic analysis of the artist they selected.

LO publishes bi-monthly, so roughly 6-7 issue per year. The time commitment for each issue varies and is somewhat subjective, but is roughly 20-30 hours of work per issue.

-Downloading and uploading photos
-Soliciting artists to feature their work
-Clear writing and communication skills
-Skill in navigating and using Submittable and Wordpress platforms (training & help provided)
-Experience using Adobe Photoshop
-Familiarity with HTML (not often used, but training and help provided)

-Finding and soliciting artists (2-3 per issue)
-Selecting photographs that match "Tone and Focus" of stories/poems
-Uploading and styling/fitting photos on the LO website
-Creating a featured profile for artists on issue's main Table of Contents (TOC)
-Artist write-up
-Interviewing artist
-Potential other duties requested

Literary Orphans Journal thinks left and thinks big-tent. We are actively looking to promote minority artists often excluded from a bougie, white-washed literary scene. 
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