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      Deadline: July 30, 2021

      Publication Date: December 1, 2021

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

      If you're submitting artwork: 12 pieces maximum.


Merriam-Webster defines a subculture as “an ethnic, regional, economic, or social group exhibiting characteristic patterns of behaviour sufficient to distinguish it from others within an embracing culture or society.” Nudists and cosplayers, otherkins and goths, airplane spotters and gutter punks are but a few examples. With its Subcultures issue, Litro aims to explore these vibrant, sometimes subversive, sometimes illicit cultures that exist within mainstream culture and are often hidden to it while subtly or not-so-subtly exercising their influence.

We accept short fiction, flash/ microfiction, and nonfiction. Given the focus off this issue, we are particularly keen on showcasing writing about authentic subcultures that haven’t (yet) been accepted and/or commodified by more homogenous mainstream cultures. 

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

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.