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Please note that it may take us anytime from two weeks to six months to accept or reject your submission. If you haven’t heard from us, you can assume we’re still considering your work.
We continue with Litro’s aim of finding and launching international writers. We want stories that find new ways to view the world: the compelling and the controversial, the funny and the fantastic, the sad and the strange.
Start with place, start with identity, start with the unending agony of a blank page. We want to hear more about how people become, about how you’re altered by your surroundings, about what matters to you. We want to read about home and nostalgia, and what makes you feel a pit in your stomach when you walk into a room.
We’re into culture, too. If art moves you, let us see it. If you’ve read a book that altered you, write a review as time is not linear neither should your reading habit. If you’ve talked to someone interesting, develop an interview. If you have an interesting take on a painting, a beer, or an album, let us know.
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Stories and storytellers have been revered as messengers, social commentators and entertainers since humanity began.
From Aesop and his Fables, to the West African griots who’ve been passing on stories via the spoken word since the 14th Century, to Shakespeare, to Agatha Christie, to Notorious BIG- and beyond. Stories (whether prose, spoken word, songs or films) inspire, inquire, entertain, inform, provoke, seduce, connect.
According to Martin Amis, “fiction is the only way to redeem the formlessness of life.”
Toni Morrison once said if there’s a story you want to read, “but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
So, what are you saying? What would you like to bring to the conversation? What sorts of conversations would you like to spark?
We like to hang onto things. we want to hang onto your words. We’re over here on Twitter: @LitroMagazine
Litro accepts simultaneous submissions, but only considers unpublished work. We read everything. When you’ve finished writing, editing, rewriting, and revising, submit your best. If you have an idea or a pitch for a story, send us an email at [email protected]
We’re excited to see what you have for us. Thanks in advance for entrusting us to see your work.
Any questions? Contact [email protected]
What we accept:
- We have now opened up the Litro Blog to all our readers and writers. If you want to be a Litro blogger (minimum commitment: three months, once a week), email [email protected] with samples of your writing and three blog pitches. If all goes well, you’ll be set up with an account from which you can start posting blogs for our review right away. These pieces will usually fall short of being features, and be anything from 400-800 words long.
- Non-themed short fiction (#StorySunday) not more than 4,000 words. Works translated into English also welcome. Submit here
- Non-themed short fiction (#LunchBreakFic) not more than 4,000 words. Works translated into English also welcome. Submit here
- Non-themed short fiction (#TuesdayTales) not more than 4,000 words. Works translated into English also welcome. Submit here
- Non-themed flash/micro fiction (#FlashFridays) not more than 800 words. Works translated into English also welcome. Submit here
- Essays (#EssaySaturday)—including, but not limited to, personal essays, memoir and travel dispatches, the more creative you are with the term “essay” the better. We’re really looking for stories that go deeper, that scratch beneath the surface of a tale, finding its wider meanings to give our readers something to think about. We’re also partial to a bit of a chuckle. No more than 2,000 words, although this is negotiable in certain circumstances. Works translated into English also welcome. Submit here
- Travel & Lifestyle—The travel and lifestyle section gives a brief on global affairs, travel, reportage, design told through personal essays and stories that deal with the fascinating aspects of everyday life. As we believe real culture is in the details of life as its being lived, day by day. Submit here
- Features on literature, arts and culture: We are not about literary criticism, but we do welcome informed and reflective, even personal, commentary. We are particularly interested in writing that explore the grey areas between literature and art, and also literature and culture, i.e. the connections between literature & travel, literary & fashion, literature & food, etc. that help us “see” literature in our real world. Submit here
- Reviews: we review books, theatre, art exhibitions and cinema. Check our current Calls for Reviews. Read our review policy. Submit reviews Submit here
- Share a Short Story (see examples). Submit here
- Columns: We are looking for columnists. Have an idea on literature/writing, travel, film, music, or art that you can sustain for at least three months, with at least a piece every fortnight? Pitch it to [email protected].
- Politics We want comments/opinions/personal essays on anything that falls under the word ‘political’ – from LGBT rights to sexism, racism to human rights, war to education. Whether it be serious or satire, we want the politics section to comment on the political world around us. Submit here
- Interviews: If you like to talk to people and explore issues in depth, pitch your interview idea to [email protected]. Interviews can be done in person, via Skype, phone, or email—or any other more creative way you can think of.
- Photo Essays or Comic Series—Submit here.
At this time, we do not accept poetry submissions for online publication.
How to Submit:
If you already have a finished piece that can fit into any of our existing categories, please submit here. If you haven’t yet build up many writing samples, it would be best to submit to us a completed piece. If we publish it, you can start pitching to us.
Send ideas for anything related to literature and culture—whether columns, interviews, features and reviews—to [email protected].
Everything on reviews or author interviews, send to Interviews.
*Please attach a brief biography and CV with your pitches to better reflect your fields of expertise.
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Every month, we also have some specific events and book reviews we’d like covered. If you’d like to receive an email from us every month calling for particular submissions, please
Terms & Conditions:
- If you are submitting short fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction or poetry, and we choose to publish it on our website, you also afford us the right to reprint your work in possible print, audio or digital anthologies in the future—subject to due notification to the author.
- Regrettably, we are unable to pay our contributors at present.
Any questions? Contact [email protected].
We sometimes feature standalone stories—fiction and nonfiction—on Litro Lab. It can follow the month’s theme, or not, and must be no longer than five minutes.
You can submit here an MP3 recording of your short story; it must be your story, but you can get someone else to read it if you’d prefer (please credit them with a link, if applicable). Please also submit a written version of your piece.
*You can submit MP3s of pieces previously published elsewhere in written form, but please make sure you have the right to let us publish it in audio form. We are not responsible for the copyright infringement of work submitted to us.
Note: We also run audio interviews and readings with authors, episodes exploring a particular theme/subject such as Japanese folk tales, and even real-world reportage. If you’d like to participate — either as a guest or a producer — or if you just have a bright idea, please get in touch with Interviews.