Lucky Jefferson accepts submissions of unpublished poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and art on subjects relating to the current theme or collection.
• Send three poems per submission. Separate poems by title or page break.
• Your piece should not exceed 1000 words (Microfiction is what’s up).
• Send up to three examples of your artwork (PNG or JPG). We adore art in all forms (paintings, photography, film, collage, experimental, etc.)
• Include your name, email address, current mailing address, and bio (third-person, 50 words max) in the cover letter box on Submittable.
• We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if we can’t publish something okay? ‘Cause we catch feelings fast.
• Sorry, no translations or work previously published digitally or in print.
We will not tolerate any work that promotes harmful stereotypes and perspectives including: racism, bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia, xenophobia, antisemitism, ableism.
We also kindly request that you refrain from sending us any sexually explicit pieces, works highlighting extreme violence, insta poems, or love poems. We are hopeless romantics, but we’re not interested in printing romance unless it’s a unique perspective.
Lucky Jefferson is a women and people-of-color-led publication and all are welcome to share their words with us.
Black, Indigenous, LGBTQ+, and historically underrepresented writers and artists are encouraged to submit as we continue to prioritize these communities in our ongoing work.
Accepted authors (print): will receive one free copy of the issue.
Accepted authors (digital): will receive access to the digital issue.
All accepted authors (print and digital): will be eligible for social media press.
*Please note that due to COVID, we have paused the shipment of complimentary print issues to selected authors who are located internationally.*
To keep things fair, previously accepted poets/writers should wait 2 quarters, or two issues, from the time of acceptance, before submitting new work to any open call. If you were just accepted, please don’t send us new work in a fit a passion—wait two whole seasons (i.e. if you were accepted in a spring issue, send new work in the winter, etc.). Otherwise, you’ll be on the receiving end of a whole socket full of side-eye and judgment.
If your work is forthcoming in a manuscript, or published somewhere else (online or print), after publication in Lucky Jefferson, you agree to give credit to your family at Lucky Jefferson.
If your work does not find a home at Lucky Jefferson, we ask that you wait 3 months before submitting new work. Spam submissions will not be tolerated.
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.
With support from the City of Beaverton Arts Program, Lucky Jefferson is collecting submissions that highlight the uniqueness of the Beaverton, Oregon community!
Help us celebrate Beaverton by sharing what you adore most about Oregon, your connection(s) to Beaverton, and/or your experience(s) while visiting any of the places on our Beaverton scavenger map. Download Our Writing Guide: HERE.
Included submissions will be compiled to produce a print and digital community anthology.
All forms of poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, art and other experimental genres will be accepted.
Katherine Quevedo, a Beaverton, Oregon native, joins this issue as Guest Editor. Learn more about her at katherinequevedo.com.
—Examples of what we’re looking for: All those gold leaves or Soccer City by Anis Mojgani / Atavism by William Stafford—
Submissions Deadline: May 20, 2023
Accepted Writers Announced: June 2023
Awake is a digital zine and collection of work by Black authors that explores the power we each hold.
Theme for Issue 5: 🤠 The West is under attack! Protect your frontier and deliver your ‘isms [alive] to collect your bounty!
— Learn More + Submit to Issue 5 —
Issue 5 Deadline: July 31, 2023
Issue 5 Release: TBD
Missed the submission deadline for an upcoming print issue?
Lucky Jefferson happily accepts unsolicited submissions of poetry year-round into its 365 Collection, an all-digital collection of poetry and other writing forms. Writers looking to be published in future print issues should plan to submit their work during open calls for upcoming issues.
Next upcoming print issue: TBD
To submit to the 365 Collection, tap the button below.
Submissions accepted year-round.
New Poems Release: January 21, 2024