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      Deadline: November 20, 2021

      Publication Date: February 1, 2022

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

      If you're submitting artwork: 12 pieces maximum.

Experimental Writing

The best experimental writing is a call to arms—a call to write, think, and feel differently than writers have written, thought, and felt in the past. World literature has many august traditions, and many of these traditions are still vital. Yet there is no set number of “right ways” to tell narrate our experiences and share our imagination. So, whither literature? What lies beyond these traditions? Litro’s Experimental Writing issue aims to gather literary writing that plays with and transgresses the boundaries of form and style, pushes against hegemonic taste, and gestures toward the future of literary expression. As Ezra Pound urged: “Make it new.”

We accept short fiction, flash/microfiction, and nonfiction that is creative as well as uncreative (in the Kenneth Goldsmith sense). We do not accept poetry. Remember that experimental doesn’t have to mean inaccessible or messy; we love experiments that work. 

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.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.