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.


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    Deadline: September 30, 2022
    Max. word length: 4,000 words as a rough guideline. We do make exceptions.
    If you're submitting artwork: 12 pieces maximum.

As early as July 2020, Forbes magazine had noted that the pandemic was causing a massive urban exodus across the United States. So where did everybody go? Clearly, the claustrophobia of apartment-dwelling (exacerbated by COVID-19 quarantines and the mysteries of contagion) had hit a tipping point that had led artists of all stripes to migrate out of the cities. But where did they end up next and what are they doing now? Did poets with freshly made country addresses rediscover the pleasures of pastoral verse? Were novelists – freed from the scrutiny of the corporate panopticon – suddenly emboldened to pen workplace romans à clef? Did essayists suddenly find themselves waxing philosophical about homelife, suburbia or – somewhat unexpectedly – parenthood? What are the collective reactions of these relocated lives and their rebooted careers even as the virus rages on?

For its next themed issue (“Place”), LitroUSA is very much interested in hearing from those among you who made the jump from New York to New Hampshire, from San Francisco to St. Helena, and from Houston to the hinterlands. How has your recent relocation reoriented your writerly practice? What do creatives with children or parents to caretake envision or obsess about at their iMacs and PCs? When does the whereabout – be it urban, suburban or (especially) rural – come into play when you put pen to paper. Whether your current abode is a remodel project or a prefab inheritance, a tiny home or a tony townhouse, we want to hear from you – particularly as it regards your immediate surroundings. Mind you, we’re also interested in stories from those who stayed behind in the city but it’s a new world for all of us. Show us what life looks like after lockdown. We’re thinking national in every way.

What’s it like to be a first-time dad in Nome, Alaska? We’re listening. How does tourist season play out when people are fearful of traveling? Clue us in, Key West. Who have you become when you no longer hear your neighbors’ fights bleeding through the cracked plaster. Fill us in, Fargo. Let our pages be a sanctuary of sorts in these fraught times. Don’t let your geography hold you back. Let it propel us all to new discoveries. LitroUSA’s “Place” issue promises to put new names on the map, alongside famous authors and emerging writers from everywhere from Maine to Maui to maybe wherever you are. Drop us a line, a paragraph, a story. For this special issue Litro is teaming up with the nonprofit Pen Parentis a sponsor of this themed issue, and we at Litro support their mission to keep writers on creative track after having kids, so for this issue, we are particularly encouraging writers who are raising kids to submit their experiences of place.

We accept short fiction, flash/micro fiction, and nonfiction. Given the focus of this issue, we are especially open to travel memoir and travel-related fiction in this instance. 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.
 



The Surreal and Strange: Prose Poetry Competition

"I’m trapped inside of this prose poem. I can’t get out. The lack of line breaks is too liberating, it’s anarchy in here. Everyone is doing as they wish, feet up on the coffee table."

- A line from a prose poem by Jose Hernandez Diaz Trapped which will be published in Litro's upcoming print edition.

In conjunction with our Masterclass Series, Litro is looking for prose poems that tap into the strange, the surreal, the fantastic, or even a version of the mundane. We are looking for poems that both regard the fundamentals of the craft and dare to imagine beyond possibility and convention.

Prize: We're pleased to announce that our Masterclass tutor and 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow, Jose Hernandez Diaz, will be guest reading and judging the shortlist of entries. The author of the successful poem will win a complimentary seat on Jose's next four-week poetry workshop later this year.

With that in mind, Litro is looking for beautifully written and emotionally resonant essays that demonstrate how your experiences have became insight through the process of reflection and writing.

Length: 4,000 words max.

Dates: Submissions are accepted from until August 31st.

Please only send Word documents and submit only once per competition.

Requirements:

  • Your piece should be capped at 4,000 words maximum.
  • Let your imagination run wild with the theme. Think outside the box.
  • All submitted work must be your own.
  • Please submit only one piece.
  • This competition is open to anyone in the world, but all entries must be in English and wholly original.
  • All entries must be previously unpublished (this includes not previously appearing on your website, blog or self-published book). 
  • Stories must not have been previously submitted in any way to Litro. 
  • Your story cannot have won in a previous competition.
  • If chosen, you agree to have your story published in Litro print and online. Copyright remains with the Litro for a period of a year.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    Entry to the competition assumes acceptance of these Terms & Conditions.

Get involved submission guidelines 

Want to perform alongside internationally acclaimed artists? If you’re a musician, poet or spoken word artist, this is your opportunity!   

Please send us a 2-3 minute audio recording or video of yourself, either as a file or a link. Please ensure the work is your own and you have the right to perform it. We are not responsible for the copyright infringement of any work submitted to us. 

Any questions? Contact events@litro.co.uk

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.

In order to publish works more quickly, editors may choose to publish submissions under another fiction section during the week—but writers will always be informed.

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.

In order to publish works more quickly, editors may choose to publish submissions under another fiction section during the week—but writers will always be informed.


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. 


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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: 1,000 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 the editor at online@litro.co.uk 


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 Litro Lab litrolab@litro.co.uk.


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. 

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