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

Founded in 2018, Lucky Jefferson is an award-winning creative arts publisher that reforms books and arts education by creating interactive and collaborative community experiences for writers and artists. In 2021, Lucky Jefferson incorporated and became a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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

We exist to diminish harm in publishing and create spaces for those who wish to see themselves represented more boldly in the world. Our publications, research, and creative arts program help communities rediscover a joy for their work and build lasting connections. You can enjoy our print publications quarterly or four times a year. Learn more about us here and here.

We love hearing your voice: submissions@luckyjefferson.com

Our Values

Everyone has a story.

We take great strides to diminish oppressive traditions in the field.

We create spaces for writers and artists to lead with their voices and be a part of our larger story.

Curiosity is fuel.

We embrace the unknown, tackle the scary thing, and ask the prickly questions.

If there’s ever an opportunity to radically grow, we take it.

The table is never full.

We take a collaborative approach when building publications.

Co-partnering with our communities, especially writers and artists, is what we do best.

Leading with integrity.

Being the difference is our middle name.

We prioritize doing the right thing to make our communities (and the world) a little brighter.


NaBeela Washington

Founder, Editor-in-Chief

Morgan Christie

Editor (Awake)

Patrese Washington

HR Consultant

Nikita Akula


Literary Illustrators (Summer '23 Cohort)

Yuhui Zheng

Madison Goetsch

Hannah Grable

Abby Downes

Joanna Li

Abby Greenplate

Ati Gor

Former Contributors/Editors

Brandon McWilliams / Morgan Christie / Abigail Lopez / Melanie Hucklebridge / Ailun Shi / Kyra Jee / Nancy Miller / Katherine Quevedo


Tiffiny Washington, Secretary

Kesiah Bascom, Treasurer

In Other News

Lucky Jefferson was awarded a grant by the City of Beaverton Arts Program to produce a print community-based anthology!

Lucky Jefferson was awarded a Vision Grant through Illinois Humanities!

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.

A Special Thanks to Our Supporters

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