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 Lit.Orph's 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.
We are ALWAYS accepting for the regular magazine submissions!
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.
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 The Tavern Lantern shortly after acceptance, and then they will also be re-listed with a link in the normal, bi-monthly issue table-of-contents on the main website. Please keep to a word count of 5,000 or less.
Send any questions to:
NAMED IN HONOR OF ALEXANDER 'GREEK' THOMSONFor our upcoming special issue, featuring writing by:
1. Scots, people living in Scotland (now or previously)
2. People with Scots heritage
3. People with an affinity for Scotland and its culture
SPECIAL EXECUTIVE EDITOR: GILL HOFFS
Haw you! Aye, you. You oan that computer there. D’ye ken yer stovies fae yer stories? Is yer Rabbie no’ too shabby? Gie’s yer best spiel, yer maist tasty patter, yer poems an’ yer blether.
We’re looking for a wide range of pieces for our themed issue Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson: Scotland & the Scottish. Thomson was an extraordinary man, a visionary architect and pioneer of sustainable housing, who has been largely overlooked in favour of the later, more famous (and also amazing) Charles Rennie Mackintosh. An orphan who went on to lose five of his twelve children to an epidemic, he was a caring, socially aware man who endeavoured to use his talents for a greater good while also making a living designing some of the most beautiful buildings and grave monuments in Scotland. This issue is aimed at raising the profile of the Scotland and the Scottish that, like Thomson, tends to be missed in the postcard-friendly or trendy-trash versions most commonly available to its denizens and visitors. The more submissions we receive, the more likely that will be, so please, send us your work!
Areas we’re interested in:
– comics/graphic stories
Pieces can be but certainly don’t have to be: set in Scotland, feature Scottish characters, Scottish history and mythology, Scottish food, Scottish inventions (not just a character using a phone, as in front and centre of the story), Scottish heroes, Scottish villains… If you’re a Scottish writer who wants to send us a piece set in outer space starring Martians speaking the Queen’s English it may not fit with the issue we’re putting together but we’d still love to read it, just in case. Please don’t feel you have to Scottify up something for us, let the story be as you feel it should be.
Written by: Scots, people living in Scotland (now or previously), people with Scots heritage, people with an affinity for Scotland and its culture
Particularly welcome: non-twee, alcohol(ic)-free, pieces exploring or indeed celebrating the Scottish identity, particularly from a non-born-and-bred-my-blood-runs-tartan viewpoint. Scotland has such strong and interesting student and immigrant populations, a long culture of welcoming the new and embracing its adopted sons and daughters, and it would be a missed opportunity – and unfairly unrepresentative – to have an all-white issue, for example, or one with only the grimy central belt and picturesque highlands as settings.
NB: this isn’t the Gill-issue, so don’t try and pander to my tastes with tales of Nutella-mountains, gore, and ganache! I may love your work but if it doesn’t fit with the rest of the issue as a whole, it’s not going in. Be brave, be brilliant, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.
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