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Join one of the largest read literary and short stories magazine in the UK. Choose one of our three platforms. 

Litro Print Magazine

Our monthly print magazine is one of the largest read literary and short stories magazines.

Litro Online

Our website is now a fully-fledged literary and creative arts platform.

Litro Lab Podcast

Our podcast, broadcasting short stories in addition to other literary content.


Litro Print Magazine

For our print magazine, we accept short fiction, flash/micro fiction, nonfiction (memoir, literary journalism, travel narratives, etc), and original artwork (photographs, illustrations, paintings, etc) based on the designated monthly theme. Works translated into English are also welcome.

We do not accept poetry or novel extracts at this time. Contact Eric Akoto with questions.

Requirements

  • All submitted work must be your own.
  • Submitted work must not have been previously published—either in print or online. You can submit the same piece to other publications at the same time, but we ask that you withdraw your submission from Litro immediately when it is accepted elsewhere. We do, however, publish original translations if the work has previously appeared in another language.
  • Due to print space restrictions, each piece should be about 4,000 words, give or take a little. This is a guideline, not an absolute limit; and in exceptional cases, we will take longer pieces, but in any case no longer than 5,000 words.
  • Due to the volume of submissions we receive, please submit only one piece per theme. Additional submissions will unfortunately not be considered. You can submit stories for different themes simultaneously, though we should add that if we choose one story for a particular issue, we wouldn’t normally run another story by the same writer for at least a year to allow room for new authors.

The Author grants Litro the exclusive license to publish the English language Work, in print, audio and electronic form, throughout the world. The Author retains the right to publish the Work in a book-length collection of the Author’s works, or as part of a volume from which the Work is an extract. Read our full terms and conditions.

Upcoming themes and deadlines

Theme: Friendship
Deadline: January 11, 2021
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Theme: Black Lives Matter
Deadline: January 18, 2021
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Theme: Loneliness
Deadline: February 11, 2021
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Litro Online

For our website, we accept short fiction, flash/micro fiction, nonfiction (personal essays, memior and travel dispatches, politics, reportage), features on literature, arts and culture, reviews, short stories, columns, interviews, and blog posts. Works translated into English are also welcome.

We do not accept poetry at this time. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Completed Pieces
If you have a finished piece that can fit into any of our existing categories, please choose a category and submit below. It is best to submit to us a completed piece if you haven’t build up many writing samples yet. If we publish it, you can start pitching to us.

  • Not more than 4,000 words
  • Works translated into English also welcome.
  • Stories do not need to fit our monthly themes, although you are welcome to submit work that does. 
  • Please also note that we have a rough policy of not publishing another piece by the same author within six months.

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  • Not more than 800 words
  • Works translated into English also welcome.
  • Stories do not need to fit our monthly themes, although you are welcome to submit work that does. 
  • Please also note that we have a rough policy of not publishing another piece by the same author within six months.

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  • Personal essays, memoir and travel dispatches, the more creative you are with the term “essay” the better.
  • We’re 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. 
  • No more than 2,000 words, although this is negotiable in certain circumstances.
  • Works translated into English also welcome.

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  • Personal essays and stories on global affairs, travel, reportage, design that deal with the fascinating aspects of everyday life. 
  • No more than 2,000 words

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  • Stories on literature, arts, and culture
  • 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.
  • No literary criticism, but we do welcome informed and reflective, even personal, commentary

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  • No more than 1,500 words
  • Reviews on books, films, art and design exhibitions, performance, festivals and events.
  • View our rolling calls for submissions page for a list of books, live performance and films we’re looking for reviews on.
  • Reviews on fiction and nonfiction—in the widest sense, including young adult, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, travel, graphic novels, memoirs & biographies, translated works, short story anthologies, etc.
  • Reviews on books relating to the monthly themes.
  • Reviews of “old” books—and not only those that warrant renewed attention due to a new film/stage adaptation etc.
  • We will also consider accepting review copies in electronic form.
  • No reviews on poetry, romance, erotica, children’s books, instructional books (cookbooks, for example), self-help.

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  • No more than 1,000 words
  • A short personal essay on your experience of a short story: how you came upon it, why you loved it, why everyone else should read it.

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  • Comments/opinions/personal essays on anything that falls under the word ‘political’
  • Stories from LGBT rights to sexism, racism to human rights, war to education
  • No more than 2,000 words

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  • No more than 20 photographs
  • Optional accompanying essay no more than 2,000 words.

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  • Minimum commitment: three months, every other week
  • Articles on literature/writing, travel, film, music, or art 

PITCH YOUR IDEA

  • Interviews can be done in person, via Skype, phone, or email—or any other means

PITCH YOUR IDEA

  • Minimum commitment: three months, once a week
  • Between 400-800 words long
  • Email samples of your writing and three blog pitches

PITCH YOUR IDEA

Contributors’ Mailing List
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 sign-up below.

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The Author grants Litro the exclusive license to publish the English language Work, in print, audio and electronic form, throughout the world. The Author retains the right to publish the Work in a book-length collection of the Author’s works, or as part of a volume from which the Work is an extract. 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. Read our full terms and conditions. 

Pitches
Got an idea for a story? Pitch it to us!

Literature and culture
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Reviews or author interviews
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Theater, arts or live events
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Film-related
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*Please attach a brief biography and CV with your pitches to better reflect your fields of expertise.


Litro Lab Podcast

For our podcast, we sometimes feature standalone stories—fiction and nonfiction. It can follow the month’s theme, or not, and must be no longer than five minutes.

You can submit an MP3 recording of your short story; it must be your story, but someone else may read it if you’d prefer (please credit them with a link). Please also submit a written version of your piece. Contact [email protected] with questions.

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*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.

**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.

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