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 email@example.com. Let us know how long and why you feel this longer piece would be a great fit.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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