Artwork by Molly Mitchell

Early Bird Submissions

In an effort to increase the breadth of voices published, and provide financial relief to emerging writers, we offer specific time frames where you can submit your work to upcoming print issues for FREE!

We normally charge a modest fee (between $2-4) for print submissions. This money helps us print issues, generate support for artists, etc. 

Early bird submissions are typically accepted one month before normal submission times.

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Upcoming Early Bird Submissions

June 1-30
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Submission Guide

Lucky Jefferson accepts sub­mis­sions of unpub­lished poetry and flash fiction on sub­jects relating to the current issue.

When submitting:

• Send no more than three poems in a submission. Submissions exceeding this limit should be submitted separately. Poems should be submitted in a single file, with poems separated by titles or page breaks.

• Flash fiction should not exceed any more than 1000 words (Microfiction is what's up).

• Include a cover page highlighting the poet’s name, email address, biography, and mailing address. Biographical statements should be two to three sentences or 50-75 words. Get creative, don't bore us with the same bio you share with everyone else.

• Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please let us know if we can't publish something okay? Cause we catch feelings fast.

• We do not accept translations or work that has been previously published in print or online.

• Please no insta poems or sexually explicit poems or works highlighting extreme violence or love poems. We're hopeless romantics, but we're not interested in printing romance unless it's a unique perspective.

Accepted poets will receive one free copy of the issue in which their work appears and social media press. To keep things fair, previously accepted poets/writers may only submit every other quarter or twice each calendar year. If you were just accepted, please don't send us new work in a fit a passion—wait one whole season (fall, winter, etc.). Otherwise, you'll be on the receiving end of a whole socket full of side eye and judgement.

We ask for exclusive first worldwide print and electronic rights for up to three months from the date of publication and non-exclusive rights to include published works in our archive indefinitely. Basically, we'd like to be the first to publish your submission and after three months, you're free to redistribute it how you'd like. Nevertheless, it'll be a part of our collection forever.