Our mission is simple: we publish social change. And our vision is to see books reimagined to center the modern reader.

Founded in 2018, Lucky Jefferson is an award-winning literary journal and publisher that reimagines books by creating interactive and collaborative community experiences that center the writer and artist and cultivate inclusion and representation in contemporary literature. In 2021, Lucky Jefferson incorporated and became a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Lucky Jefferson is proud to feature poets and writers who have never been published, marginalized perspectives, and those who sought to pursue writing later in life.

We exist to create spaces for those who wish to see themselves represented more boldly in the world; we help those same few build an audience and reimagine joy for their work. 

You can enjoy our print publications quarterly or four times a year.

Learn more about us here and check out our latest interview here.

We love hearing your voice: 



NaBeela Washington, Founder, Editor-in-Chief

Morgan Christie, Guest Editor (Awake)

Kristine Pham, Internship Coordinator

Patrese Washington, HR Consultant

Literary Illustrators (Spring ’23 Cohort)

Molly Robinson
Kellie Hubbard
Kyra Davenport
Zyan Jezreel Pasion
Kiera Ferguson
Peter Zurawsky
Garland Hull
Nikita Akula
Hallie Maddox
Chloe DeVries
Alice Benavides
Mads Torres
Ash Jon

Former Contributors/Editors

Brandon McWilliams / Morgan Christie / Abigail Lopez / Melanie Hucklebridge / Ailun Shi / Kyra Jee


Kesiah Bascom, Treasurer

Tiffiny Washington, Secretary

In Other News

Lucky Jefferson is excited to publish its first print anthology, More Than My Cancer, in collaboration with the African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association.

Lucky Jefferson’s Fareh Malik was announced as a finalist in Sundress Publications’ 2022 Best of the Net Anthology for his poem in Meliora.

Lucky Jefferson was featured in Poets & Writers annual Independent Publishing Issue.

Lucky Jefferson was announced as a finalist (and winner of Best Debut) of the 2021 FIRECRACKER AWARDS by The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses. Celebrate with us.

Lucky Jefferson’s Mohamed Elhassan was recognized nationally by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for his poem in Awake.

Jim Harrington asks NaBeela Washington six burning questions.

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