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, and poetry. Please read our guidelines and submit accordingly. We appreciate you taking time to check us out and look forward to reading your work. 

***WE HAVE REACHED OUR SUBMITTABLE LIMIT FOR APRIL. FREE SUBS WILL RETURN IN JUNE. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!***

WE ARE NOW A PAYING MARKET! As of May 2018, 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 and 1 year subscription.

*Split Lip Magazine is an independently-run offshoot of Split Lip Press, If you have a question about Split Lip Press, please visit their website for contact information. 

Other important details: 

  • We're open for FREE submissions during the months of December, February, April, June, August, and October. 
  • We are open for TIP JAR submissions only during the months of January, March, May, July, September, and November. 
  • 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 (usually sooner). It does not guarantee acceptance. 
  • Occasionally we may shut FREE subs early due to an overwhelming response (e.g., our free sub cap with Submittable maxes out). If the fees are a burden, please get in touch, and we'll see what we can do. 
  • Please submit in one genre only (choose your best and let us do the rest) 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. 
  • 100% of any submission fee goes to running the magazine (web host fees, Submittable fees) and to paying contributors.
Ends on June 30, 2019$10.00
$10.00

Summer Reading Flash Sale! Now through 5/27. Get your copy of Split Lip PRINT 2, our second-ever print issue, right here! 

Ends on December 21, 2019$5.00
$5.00

For a faster response, use our expedited reading option. We'll put your work at the very top of our reading pile and we'll respond within two weeks (usually sooner). This option provides no preferential treatment

We're looking for your best fiction from 1,000-2,500 words (though shorter is better) for our web issues. We will consider fiction from 2,500-5,000 words for our print issue.

- Please read at least one story 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.
- Please proofread! The occasional typo won't lead to a rejection, but we can tell when you've sent us a first draft.

We favor interesting, literary narratives with a modern, pop culture appeal. Voice-driven prose also gets us fired up. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please contact us or withdraw immediately 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.
Thank you!

Ends on December 21, 2019$5.00
$5.00

For a faster response, use our expedited reading option. We'll put your work at the very top of our reading pile and we'll respond within two weeks (usually sooner). This option provides no preferential treatment

We're looking for your best flash fiction under 1,000 words.

- Please read at least one story 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.
- Please proofread! The occasional typo won't lead to a rejection, but we can tell when you've sent us a first draft.
-Please only submit one piece at a time. 

We favor interesting, literary narratives with a modern, pop culture appeal. Voice-driven prose also gets us fired up. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please contact us or withdraw immediately 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.
Thank you!

Ends on November 30, 2019$5.00
$5.00

For a faster response, use our expedited reading option. We'll put your work at the very top of our reading pile and we'll respond within two weeks (usually sooner). This option provides no preferential treatment

We want new, innovative works by fresh voices. 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 if the piece is picked up elsewhere.

Thank you!

Ends on December 21, 2019$5.00
$5.00

For a faster response, use our expedited reading option. We'll put your work at the very top of our reading pile and we'll respond within two weeks (usually sooner). This option provides no preferential treatment

Send us your best poem.  Yes, 1 poem per submission. We want new, innovative works by fresh voices.  

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please contact us if the piece is picked up elsewhere.

Thank you!

We are looking for your best fiction under 1000 words. Under 750 is even better.

  • 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. 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 or at least 1.5 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 1,000-2,500 word range for our web issues. We will consider fiction in the 2,500-5,000 word range for our annual print issue. 

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. 


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

Send us your best poem.  Yes, 1 poem per submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please contact us if the piece is picked up elsewhere.

Join the Split Lip Magazine team and help develop workshops and other educational programs. This important new position will assist us in creating high-quality, unique workshops and retreats. Must have an understanding of online writing workshops. Some experience with running or creating workshops is a plus, but we will also consider candidates with motivation and drive. This is a volunteer position, and you will work directly with the Editor-in-Chief. 

Join the Split Lip Magazine team as our new Music Editor. Must have a love of music and literature and be able to find the link between the two. The Music Editor will work with musicians, publicists, and record labels to create interviews, reviews, and playlists for our monthly online issues. Must be comfortable responding to PR pitches and interacting directly with musicians. This is a volunteer position, approximately 5 hours per week. 

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