How To Submit

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

Submission Crash Course

• Send three poems per submission. Separate poems by titles or page breaks.
• Flash fiction should not exceed 1000 words (Microfiction is what’s up).
• 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

Avoid This

Please absolutely no sexually explicit poems or works highlighting extreme violence, racism, antisemitism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, insta poems, or love poems. We’re hopeless romantics, but we’re not interested in printing romance unless it’s a unique perspective.

Representation Matters

Lucky Jefferson is a women and minority-led literary journal. Black, Indigenous, LGBTQIA, and people of color identifying writers are encouraged to submit as we continue to prioritize these communities in our ongoing work.

Financially Assisted Submissions 

Early Bird Submissions (aka FREE subs)

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!

During the last two weeks of an open call for submissions, we charge a modest fee (between $2-4) for print submissions. This money helps us print issues, generate support, and continued education for artists, etc. 

Early bird submissions are typically accepted one-two months before the last call for submissions.

Next Round of Early Bird Subs:

June 22 – August 22

Student Submissions

Lucky Jefferson waives any fees for all students (high school, undergraduate, graduate, etc.). Students interested in submitting their work should email us their completed submission here.

Once You’re Accepted

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 judgement.

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.

Your Rights

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.


Upcoming Print Issues


The curtains are drawn, the house lights dim to dark, a spotlight illuminates the center stage, and an audience anticipates your dramatic verses. This is an open call to all the playwrights (and those new to the craft)! We welcome you to our first collaborative script issue! 

To join our production, send us 1-3 short unpublished scenes that are a continuation of Act I, Scene I:

When scripting out your scene, use Scene I as a model and keep these rules in mind:

  • Replicate the dramatic structure / format
  • Only two characters in the scene: HIM and HER 
  • Setting can certainly change but keep it realistic 
  • The scene should not exceed 200 words 
  • Have fun with stage directions and dialogue
  • You are welcomed to still incorporate poeticness in your scenes

We look forward to watching your verses unfold under the spotlight. 

Writing Workshop for Aria: Thursday, July 8 at 6 p.m. E.T.  / Register here.

Early Bird Submissions (free): June 22 – August 22

Last Call Submissions ($2): August 23 – 31

Accepted Playwrights Announced: September 19

Performance Dates: TBD


Awake, A Zine For Black Authors

Lucky Jefferson‘s digital zine Awake amplifies the experiences and perspectives of Black writers.

Theme for Issue 4: TBD

Accepted authors will receive $15 for each accepted work.

Submit to Awake using the button below.

Issue 4 Deadline: TBD
Issue 4 Release: TBD


365 Collection

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: Riff.

To submit to the 365 Collection, tap the button below.

Submissions accepted on a rolling basis
New Poems Release: 
June 27, 2021


For more information please email