How To Submit

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

When submitting:

• Send three poems per submission. Poems should be separated 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 your cover letter. 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. 

Black, Indigenous, and people of color identifying writers are encouraged to submit as we continue to prioritize these communities in our ongoing work.

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.

During the last two weeks of an open call for print submissions, we do charge a modest fee. All submissions to Lucky Jefferson are otherwise free. We’re sure you’ve read this before, but any money earned or donated fuels the publication of Lucky Jefferson (production ain’t cheap!), internship tech, and creative programs. While we are a rapidly growing independent journal and take pride in engaging with our community, we still entertain an all-volunteer staff, so please be patient and kind.

If you need it, we do provide financial assistance through Early Bird Submissions—learn more here.

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.

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.

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, from the date of your original submission, before submitting new work. Spam submissions will not be tolerated.


Upcoming Print Issues


Grab your sunglasses, sandals, and favorite dish—you’re invited to our cookout.

For this collaborative potluck issue, send us your unpublished poetry (there is no line limit but we adore shorter poems), flash fiction, and food-inspired art that describes what you would bring to our cookout.

Topics may include:

• food 
• games / entertainment
• libations
• decorations
• cutlery

The world is your oyster. So get creative, pull up a chair, and settle in.

All submissions will be used to create a reflective spread of literary treats for our party.

Early Bird Submissions (free): April 1 – May 31

Last Call Submissions ($2): June 1-15

Accepted Writers Announced: Mid-July 2021


Awake, A Zine For Black Authors

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

Theme for Issue 3: Black Resiliency.

While the undercurrents of trauma will remain embedded in the fabric of our history, and stories, trauma is not our only defining trait. 

Poems, essays, flash fiction, and art in this issue will embrace and magnify the persistence, strength, and power of our people through text, form, and structure.

Accepted authors will receive $15 for each accepted work.

To submit to Awake, head here.

Issue 3 Deadline: May 31, 2021
Issue 3 Release: Mid-June 2021

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, head here.

Submissions accepted on a rolling basis
New Poems Release: 
January 13, 2021

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.


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