Read our full submission guidelines here.

Please submit only completed pieces to the categories below.

If you haven't got a piece written yet but have an idea, pitch us at online@litro.co.uk.

Deadline: November 1, 2016

Max. word length: 4,000 words as a rough guideline. We do make exceptions.

If you're submitting artwork: 12 pieces maximum. 

For Litro 158: Reflection, finding moments to engage in contemplative thinking has always been a challenge, since we’re distractible,” said Nicholas Carr, author of “The Shallows “But now that we’re carrying these powerful media devices around with us all day long, those opportunities become even less frequent, for the simple reason that we have this ability to distract ourselves constantly.”

As the winter months draw closer and you begin to get ready to hibernate - put down your devices and pen a story on your Reflections.

We accept short fiction, flash/micro fiction, and nonfiction. We do not accept poetry.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, please submit only one piece per theme. Additional submissions will unfortunately not be considered.

Please also note that if we have published your work in the magazine, we won't consider publishing your work again until a year has passed.


Deadline: October 3, 2016

Max. word length: 4,000 words as a rough guideline. We do make exceptions.

If you're submitting artwork: 12 pieces maximum. 

For Litro 157: Nightmares are vividly realistic, disturbing dreams that rattle you awake from a deep sleep. They often set your heart pounding from fear.   

Nightmares, we want to read those horrifying dreams that send your heart racing and keep you up at night!  

We accept short fiction, flash/micro fiction, and nonfiction. We do not accept poetry.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, please submit only one piece per theme. Additional submissions will unfortunately not be considered.

Please also note that if we have published your work in the magazine, we won't consider publishing your work again until a year has passed.


Litro Represents has a commitment to quality and originality. We pride ourselves in working closely with our authors to get the most out of every book.

We keep our list select so that we can provide the editorial support and promotional activities necessary.  

We receive a large amount of submissions a year so it is impossible for us to answer enquiries individually, but our ethos is to take our time over unsolicited manuscripts and to champion first time authors. We aim to respond within 4-6 months and cannot offer individual feedback. We regret that we cannot process submissions that do not follow the guidelines set out below, so please read carefully. If you would like to send us your manuscript, please follow the guidelines below. 

We focus on representing writers with contemporary fiction, so unfortunately we do not accept anything outside of this, including short story collections, historical fiction, children’s books, poetry or travel writing, picture books, or dramatic works (this means film, television, radio or theatre). However, if we want to work on a book with you, we will represent all rights, including dramatic, for that book. 

When submitting fiction, please email the first three chapters (or about 50 pages) and a synopsis. The synopsis shouldn’t be a blurb or a cover-style ‘teaser’, but a simplified explanation of the plot in one or two sides, listing the theme, setting and characters of your book, from the first to final chapter. We can only consider complete manuscripts.   

Covering letter

Please also include a covering letter giving an account of the background of the book and an account of your career to date. If you have been referred to Litro Represents by a personal contact let us know in your letter. Do also say if you have been published in Litro in the past, and mention if your project has been seen or is being seen by any other agents or publishers.

Presentation

Please make sure that your material is typeset so as to be clearly legible. Pages should be numbered. Please remember to include your name and a contact number and email address on the first page of your manuscript.  

 Turnaround

We do read every submission made to us, but have to give priority to the many authors we have published previously in Litro and to those we already represent. We try to read and respond within 4-6 months, but may take much longer in busy periods. Given the time it takes us to get to new submissions, we do encourage you to contact other agencies at the same time. 

We look forward to reading your submission


Word limit: 5,000 words

The Litro print magazine only publishes themed stories, but the Litro website is open to submissions of short fiction that is not theme-specific, published every Sunday with the Twitter hashtag #StorySunday.

You can submit more than one piece at a time, but please make separate submissions.

Please also note that we have a rough policy of not publishing another piece by the same author within six months.

Word limit: 4,000 words

The Litro print magazine only publishes themed stories, but the Litro website is open to submissions of short fiction that is not theme-specific, published every Sunday with the Twitter hashtag #StorySunday.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, please submit only one piece at a time. Additional submissions will unfortunately not be considered.

Please also note that we have a rough policy of not publishing another piece by the same author within six months.


Word limit: 4,000 words

The Litro print magazine only publishes themed stories, but the Litro website is open to submissions of short fiction that is not theme-specific, published during your lunch-break with the Twitter hashtag #LunchBreakFiction.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, please submit only one piece at a time. Additional submissions will unfortunately not be considered.

Please also note that we have a rough policy of not publishing another piece by the same author within six months.


The Litro print magazine only publishes themed stories, but the Litro website is open to submissions of short fiction that is not theme-specific, published every Tuesday with the Twitter hashtag #TuesdayTales.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, please submit only one piece at a time. Additional submissions will unfortunately not be considered.

Please also note that we have a rough policy of not publishing another piece by the same author within six months.


Word limit: 800 words.  The Litro website is open to submissions of flash fiction, published every Friday with the Twitter hashtag #FridayFlash.  Stories do not need to fit our monthly themes, although you are welcome to submit work that does. You can submit more than one piece at a time, but please make separate submissions.  Please also note that we have a rough policy of not publishing another piece by the same author within six months.
Word limit: 800 words.  The Litro website is open to submissions of flash fiction, published every Friday with the Twitter hashtag #FridayFlash.  Stories do not need to fit our monthly themes, although you are welcome to submit work that does. You can submit more than one piece at a time, but please make separate submissions.  Please also note that we have a rough policy of not publishing another piece by the same author within six months.

The Litro print magazine only publishes themed nonfiction work, but Litro Online is open to submissions of creative nonfiction essays that are not theme-specific, published every Saturday.

This section includes, but is not limited to, personal essays, memoir, and travel dispatches, the more creative you are with the term "essay" the better. Stories should be entertaining, engaging and in-keeping with our wider goal which is to find stories that help people look at themselves, or the world they live in, in a new way.

Ideally, we're looking for pieces of no more than 2,000 words, but for an outstanding piece this is negotiable. Please make sure you have both proof read your work and thoroughly checked it for unnecessary sentences before you submit - brevity is a writer's best friend.

PLEASE NOTE: we now have a separate section for articles and reportage. These should be submitted via the Online Nonfiction page.

You can submit more than one piece at a time, but please make separate submissions. 

The Litro print magazine only publishes themed nonfiction work, but Litro Online is open to submissions.

The travel and lifestyle section gives a brief on global affairs, travel, reportage, design told through personal essays and stories that deal with the fascinating aspects of everyday life. As we believe real culture is in the details of life as its being lived, day by day.

Ideally, we're looking for pieces of no more than 2,000 words, but for an outstanding piece this is negotiable. Please make sure you have both proof read your work and thoroughly checked it for unnecessary sentences before you submit - brevity is a writer's best friend.

You can submit more than one piece at a time, but please make separate submissions. 


The Litro print magazine only publishes themed nonfiction work, but Litro Online is open to submissions of creative nonfiction essays that are not theme-specific, published every Saturday.

This section includes, but is not limited to, personal essays, memoir, and travel dispatches, the more creative you are with the term "essay" the better. Stories should be entertaining, engaging and in-keeping with our wider goal which is to find stories that help people look at themselves, or the world they live in, in a new way.

Ideally, we're looking for pieces of no more than 2,000 words, but for an outstanding piece this is negotiable. Please make sure you have both proof read your work and thoroughly checked it for unnecessary sentences before you submit - brevity is a writer's best friend.

PLEASE NOTE: we now have a separate section for articles and reportage. These should be submitted via the Online Nonfiction page.

You can submit more than one piece at a time, but please make separate submissions. 

The Litro print magazine only publishes themed nonfiction work, but Litro Online is open to submissions.

The travel and lifestyle section gives a brief on global affairs, travel, reportage, design told through personal essays and stories that deal with the fascinating aspects of everyday life. As we believe real culture is in the details of life as its being lived, day by day.

Ideally, we're looking for pieces of no more than 2,000 words, but for an outstanding piece this is negotiable. Please make sure you have both proof read your work and thoroughly checked it for unnecessary sentences before you submit - brevity is a writer's best friend.

You can submit more than one piece at a time, but please make separate submissions.



Word limit: 3,000 words

In our Arts & Culture section, Litro explores the intersections between arts and culture, lifestyle, living and travel.

Bringing you reviews and features on forthcoming exhibitions, events, public art. Contemporary artists, and everything else in between.

Word limit: 3,000 words

Word limit: 1,500 words

  • Books — including Book Club Reviews (example)
  • Films
  • Art & Design exhibitions
  • Performance
  • Festivals & Events

Word limit: 1,500 words

  • Books — including Book Club Reviews (example)
  • Films
  • Art & Design exhibitions
  • Performance
  • Festivals & Events

Word limit: 1,000 words

Tell us about one of your favourite short stories. This is not so much a review—and is most definitely not a summary or give-away of a story—but more a short personal essay on your experience of a short story: how you came upon it, why you loved it, why everyone else should read it.

Examples: http://litro.co.uk/category/columns/share-a-short-story

Word limit: 3,000 words

We sometimes feature standalone stories—fiction and nonfiction—on Litro Lab. It can follow the month's theme, or not.

Submit an MP3 recording of your short story; it must be your story, but you can get someone else to read it if you'd prefer (please credit them with a link, if applicable).

Please also submit a written version of your piece.

*You can submit MP3s of pieces previously published elsewhere in written form, but please make sure you have the right to let us publish it in audio form. We are not responsible for the copyright infringement of work submitted to us.

Note: We also run audio interviews and readings with authors, episodes exploring a particular theme/subject such as Japanese folk tales, and even real-world reportage. If you'd like to participate — either as a guest or a producer — or if you just have a bright idea, please get in touch with Eleonara Ossola and Emily Cleaver.

Word limit: 3,000 words

We sometimes feature standalone stories—fiction and nonfiction—on Litro Lab. It can follow the month's theme, or not.

Submit an MP3 recording of your short story; it must be your story, but you can get someone else to read it if you'd prefer (please credit them with a link, if applicable).

Please also submit a written version of your piece.

*You can submit MP3s of pieces previously published elsewhere in written form, but please make sure you have the right to let us publish it in audio form. We are not responsible for the copyright infringement of work submitted to us.

Note: We also run audio interviews and readings with authors, episodes exploring a particular theme/subject such as Japanese folk tales, and even real-world reportage. If you'd like to participate — either as a guest or a producer — or if you just have a bright idea, please get in touch with Eleonara Ossola and Emily Cleaver.

Please send us up to 20 photographs, max.

If you have a written essay to go with it, please make sure it is no longer than 2,000 words.

 

Please send us up to 20 photographs, max.

If you have a written essay to go with it, please make sure it is no longer than 2,000 words.

 

The Litro print magazine only publishes themed nonfiction work, but Litro Online is open to submissions of nonfiction, commentary that are not theme-specific, published every Saturday.

The online politics section wants comments/opinions/personal essays on anything that falls under the word 'political' - from LGBT rights to sexism, racism to human rights, war to education. Whether it be serious or satire, we want the politics section to comment on the political world around us.

Ideally, we're looking for pieces of no more than 2,000 words, but for an outstanding piece this is negotiable. Please make sure you have both proof read your work and thoroughly checked it for unnecessary sentences before you submit - brevity is a writer's best friend. 

PLEASE NOTE: we now have a separate section for articles and reportage. These should be submitted via the Online Nonfiction page.

You can submit more than one piece at a time, but please make separate submissions.