Submission Guide


Lucky Jefferson accepts sub­mis­sions of unpub­lished poetry 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.

  • 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.

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

To keep this ship sailing, we charge a modest fee for online submissions. This money fuels the publication of Lucky Jefferson as we are a budding independent journal with an all-volunteer staff.

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 may only submit every other quarter or twice each calendar year.

We ask for exclusive first worldwide print and electronic rights for up to three months from date of acceptance and non-exclusive rights to include published works in our archive indefinitely.


Unsolicited Submissions

Lucky Jefferson happily accepts unso­licited sub­mis­sions of poetry outside of calls for submissions for upcoming issues 365 days a year. Upon acceptance, submissions will be included on our website and social media account(s).

Writers looking to be published in upcoming print and digital issues should plan to submit their work during open calls. 

For 365 submissions head here.

Student Submissions

Lucky Jefferson waives the entry fee for all students. Students interested in submitting their work should email us their completed submission here.

Upcoming Issues


fee: $4

Now that we've heard your Testament, we bet you're feeling a little exposed. We'll be seeking submissions for our upcoming Spring 2020 issue that tap into vulnerability, raw emotion, the beauty of sharing beliefs and secrets, and what it means to bear it all. What will you expose?

We are interested in unpublished poetry, especially short poems (less than 18 lines in length), prose, and free verse poems. There is a $4 entry fee per submission.

All finalists will be considered for publication. 

Submissions: December 1st - February 28

Finalists Announced: Mid-March 2020



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