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Please refer to individual journal categories for their respective Guidelines. We strongly encourage multiple and simultaneous submissions to one or both of our journals. Don't be shy!


Emerge Literary Journal is OPEN to rolling submissions.


scissors & spackle is OPEN to rolling submissions. Get ready to send us your experimental & odd & bizarre poetry and flash!


LitBlitz & Kill Your Darlings submissions are currently closed. Check out our Twitter feed for the latest updates. These categories will automatically open up and close when they are available for submissions.


Magpies and Manuscript submissions are currently CLOSED.


REFLECTIONS manuscript feedback for both poetry and prose is now CLOSED


A kind reminder to submit all your pieces in one document and submit only once.




Almost Home: A Grit Lit Novelette Volume

Editor: Travis Cravey


So what does Travis mean by "grit lit"? Well, what he's looking for is ordinary people normally not in a big city who find themselves, by choice or accident, in a situation where morality is ambiguous, and their choices are to the greater world, inconsequential. 

Please note that while crime and violence may occur, Travis is not looking for crime noir. If you have a story about a hit man or a bank robbery, it's going to be a hard sell.


For this volume Travis is looking for novelettes between 7500-12000 words with the theme "Almost Home." This is intentionally vague and can be interpreted a thousand different ways though it shouldn't be read as "this is almost like home," but more in the sense of "approaching home."


Submissions will be read blind.

Submissions open 1/15/22-3/1/22. ELJ is looking to publish 3 novelettes in one binding, one volume Summer 2022.

Payment: 5% royalties | 10 copies


Introducing an anthology created to embrace the pop culture of the 2000s, to capture our experiences and interactions in "one shot" with it. So, "lose yourself in the music, the moment you own it, you better never let it go..."

We'll be accepting poetry & prose (fiction / CNF) up to 300 words. Artwork as well.

Please only submit one piece at a time and no multiple submissions.

Payment = One copy

Edited by Rachael Crosbie


We welcome the bizarre, in fact, we  encourage it. Send us your lists; resumes; transcribed conversations.  The surest path to acceptance is the element of surprise.

Please include a short 3-4 line third person bio in the Submittable coverletter only.

We accept non-fiction of all genres, including but not limited to memoir, essays, interviews, reviews, etc.

We will only publish reviews of books and chaps released by small and/or independent publishers and presses. The big guys get enough attention already. If submitting a review, please include the press or publisher, price, length and purchase information  for the work that you are reviewing.

Interviews are not confined to writers. We will consider any intriguing or innovative interview subject.

Please include a short 3-4 line third person bio in the Submittable coverletter only.

We accept prose of all genres, including but not limited to flash fiction, creative non-fiction and excerpts.

Please send no more than 3 stories in one document at a time. We accept fiction up to a maximum of 750 words.

Please include a short 3-4 line third person bio in the Submittable coverletter only.

Please send no more than 5-8 pieces at a time BUT no less than 5 poems at a time, so that we have the best  selection of your work in which to make our decision.

Please include a short 3-4 line third person bio in the Submittable coverletter only.

Emerge Literary Journal believes that #mentalillnessawareness and #endingthestigma are of paramount importance. We believe in the necessity of sharing our mental illness stories to facilitate writing through illness and create broader awareness. We aim to publish and showcase work in this category in each issue. We ask that you follow our regular guidelines (full guidelines here) for poetry and prose when submitting to this category.

Please send no more than 3 stories in one document at a time. We accept flash CNF up to a maximum of 750 words. You can see our full guidelines here.

Please include a short 3-4 line third person bio in the Submittable cover letter only. Please do not include biographical information or your name in the submission itself.

Please send no more than 3 stories in one document at a time. We accept flash fiction up to a maximum of 750 words. You can see our full guidelines here.

Please include a short 3-4 line third person bio in the Submittable cover letter only. Please do not include biographical information or your name in the submission itself.

Please send no more than 3-6 pieces at a time BUT no less than 3 poems at a time, so that we have the best selection of your work in which to make our decision. You can see our full guidelines here.

Please include a short 3-4 line third person bio in the Submittable cover letter only. Please do not include biographical information or your name in the submission itself.

Please send one poem OR one flash (fiction or CNF) that adheres to our guidelines (full guidelines here) and indicate to which category you are submitting, as well as whether your submission could be considered part of Esperanza Corner. Submissions in this category will either be accepted—congratulations!—or rejected with 50-100 words of constructive feedback from the Editors. Accepted submissions will have their submission fees refunded. We regret that we cannot answer specific questions about your writing in our feedback.

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