Split Lip Magazine is a voice-driven literary journal with a pop culture twist. We publish online monthly and in print annually. We accept fiction (flash and short stories), memoir, poetry, art, and photography. Please read our guidelines and submit accordingly. We appreciate you taking time to check us out and look forward to reading your work!

In an effort to promote Black voices, free submissions will be open for Black writers and artists in all genres for the rest of the year. 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! We will be running a special SUMMERTIME-themed issue for Black Voices, edited by our own Tyrese Coleman, in June! Submissions will open on December 1. We are looking for poetry, memoir, flash, fiction, and art for this issue. Submissions will be FREE. 

WE ARE A PAYING MARKET! Contributors to web issues will receive $50 (paid via PayPal). Print issue contributor payment is $5 per printed page, minimum of $20, plus 2 contributor copies.

Other important details: 

  • We're open for FREE submissions during the months of January, March, May, August, September, and November.
  • We are open for TIP JAR submissions only during the months of February, April, June, October, and December. Please note that we will be open to free submissions by Black writers in these months.
  • Poetry Submissions are temporarily closed from November 16, 2020 through December 7, 2020 due to an overwhelming number of submissions. We are giving our readers & editors time to catch up!
  • We are closed to submissions in July.
  • We offer an EXPEDITED submission option, which puts your submission to the top of our reading pile. You can expect a response within two weeks. It does not guarantee acceptance. 
  • We often have to shut FREE SUBS early when our cap with Submittable maxes out. For this reason, we recommend submitting early in the month. If the fees are a burden, please get in touch, and we'll see what we can do.
  • Please submit in one genre only at a time. Please submit only one piece at a time.
  • Should you receive a rejection, please wait one month before submitting again.
  • If you're a previous contributor, we love you, but please wait one year before submitting again, unless you are submitting to our contests. Contests are open to all contributors, regardless of when we last published you.
  • Please note that Art Submissions are only open during free submission periods.
  • Please double-space your prose submission.
  • 100% of any submission fee goes to running the magazine (web host fees, Submittable fees) and to paying contributors.

Split Lip Magazine is publishing a special summertime-themed issue for Black Voices, edited by our very own Tyrese Coleman!

GUIDELINES:

Theme: Summertime!!

Submissions open: December 1, 2020

Submissions close: January 15, 2020 (Warning, we sometimes reach our monthly submittable cap for free subs earlier than January 15, so please submit early if you can)

Issue launch: June 15, 2021

What we’re looking for: poetry, memoir, flash fiction, fiction, art

Word limits: 1000 words for flash fiction; 2000 words for memoir; 1000-3000 words for fiction; ONLY ONE POEM for poetry

MORE GOOD INFO:

Who may submit: We will only accept work from Black authors/artists for this issue. If you are not Black, please do not submit your work to this submissions category; we will not publish it in this special issue.

Payment: Our standard rates apply ($50 per piece)

Formatting: Please double space prose 

Art & Photography: If you would like to submit art for this issue, please submit it under the submissions category Free Art Submissions for Black Artists & please make a note in your cover letter that you would like to be considered for the Summertime Issue. 

Readers for the issue: Jane Josée Link, Ashley Monique Lee, Cree Pettaway


☀️ Summer loving? SUBMIT!

🌭Cookout flash piece? SUBMIT!

♨️ Poem about a heatwave? SUBMIT!

🏖 CNF about the loss of summer? SUBMIT!​

Send us one high-resolution image or a link to your portfolio. No multiple submissions. Please let us respond to your first submission before submitting again. Materials may have been previously published online.

We want everyday & unusual art. Art steeped in memory & awareness. Art that's subtle. Art that's loud & kinda punk. That stays out past its curfew & lives a double life. We want art that eats donuts & watches cartoons on Saturday mornings. Art that lives next door. Art whose parents are immigrants. Art that wants forgiveness. Art that's unapologetic. Art that's serious. That's cheeky. That reads the tabloids and paints it nails. Sings Johnny Cash in the shower. Is lowbrow. Pop-surreal. Hyperreal. Abstract. Art that's been hunting with its pappy and is skinning its first squirrel. Art that punched the mean kid back. Art that reminds us of our humanity.

Note: This submissions category is only open to Black artists. Please do not submit work to this category if you are not Black.

Payment for cover art is $50 USD, payable via PayPal. 

  • Please read at least one story from our archives to help discern if we're right for you.
  • Please double space and use either Times New Roman or Garamond.
  • We favor interesting, literary narratives with a modern, pop culture appeal. 
  • We consider stories in the 1,000-3,000 word range.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please contact us or withdraw if the piece is picked up elsewhere.
  • Please provide a short cover letter and contact information. 
  • Note: This submissions category is only open to Black writers. Please do not submit work to this category if you are not Black.
Thank you! ​

We are looking for your best fiction under 1000 words.  

  • Please read at least one piece from our archives to help discern if we're right for you
  • Please double your line spacing and use a serif font. 
  • We favor interesting, literary narratives with a modern, pop culture appeal. Voice-driven prose gets us fired up.
  • Please submit only one piece a at time. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please contact us or withdraw if the piece is picked up elsewhere.
  • This submissions category is only open to Black writers. Please do not submit work to this category if you are not Black.
  • Thank you!

Thank you for submitting to Split Lip Magazine! 

  • Please read at least one piece from our archives to help discern if we're right for you.
  • Please double your line spacing. 
  • We favor interesting, literary narratives with a modern, pop culture appeal.
  • We take up to 2000 words for memoir.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please contact us or withdraw if the piece is picked up elsewhere.
  • In the body of the message box, please provide a short cover letter, brief bio and contact information. 
  • Note: This submissions category is only open to Black writers. Please do not submit work to this category if you are not Black.

We are looking for your best fiction under 1000 words.

  • Please read at least one piece from our archives to help discern if we're right for you.
  • Please double your line spacing and use a serif font. 
  • We favor interesting, literary narratives with a modern, pop culture appeal. Voice-driven prose also gets us fired up.
  • Please submit only one piece at a time. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please contact us or withdraw if the piece is picked up elsewhere.

- Please read at least one piece from our archives to help discern if we're right for you.

- Please double your line spacing and use a standard serif font. 

- We favor interesting, literary narratives with a modern, pop culture appeal.

- We consider stories in the 1,000-3,000 word range.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please contact us or withdraw if the piece is picked up elsewhere. In the body of the message box, please provide a short cover letter, brief bio, and contact information. 


This tipping option is an opportunity to support the literary community and the role Split Lip plays within it. A Tip Jar submission does not guarantee publication.

  • Please read at least one piece from our archives to help discern if we're right for you.
  • Please double or at least 1.5 your line spacing and use a serif font. 
  • We favor interesting, literary narratives with a modern, pop culture appeal.
  • The shorter, the better though we take up to 2000 words.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please contact us or withdraw if the piece is picked up elsewhere.
  • In the body of the message box, please provide a short cover letter, brief bio and contact information. 


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