Split Lip Magazine is an online venue for literature. We accept works of fiction (flash and short story), memoir, and poetry. Please read the guidelines, which are not very complicated, and submit accordingly. Each category gives a little information regarding what we're seeking, but what will help us all is for you, the writer, to read the current issue (at least one piece in your genre) or pick a few from our archives. Please gather a sense of what we prefer to publish before submitting. We appreciate you taking time to check us out and look forward to reading what you have to offer. 

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. 
  • For the summer (through September) all submissions will be considered for our web and print editions. Should you wish to be considered for web only, please indicate in your cover letter. 
  • 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. If the fees are a burden, please get in touch, and we'll see what we can do. 
  • Please submit in one category only (choose your best and let us do the rest).
  • Should you receive a rejection, please wait one month before submitting again.

Ends on August 31, 2017$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 1,000-4,500 words (though shorter is better). 

- 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 August 31, 2017$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. 

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 August 31, 2017$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.  Please follow the rules. Do not submit more than one poem at a time. And please wait for a response before submitting again. If you submit more than one poem at a time, we will likely reject. 

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please contact us 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 August 31, 2017$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.

In the body of the message box, please provide a short cover letter, brief bio and contact information. 

Thank you! 


Ends in 4 days, 7 hours $3.00
$3.00
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.
- 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. 

Ends in 4 days, 7 hours $3.00
$3.00
This tipping option is more of an opportunity to support the literary community and the role Split Lip plays within it. Do, though, keep in mind that this does not guarantee publication. That said, our guidelines are below. 

- 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 (rarely) take up to 5,000 words. 
Fiction Editor Jon Chaiim McConnell says he wants "something unusual. If it's the language, the structure, the characters, the premise -- any or all of them, to whatever degree, I just want to be taken somewhere that I've never been before and then convinced that it's wonderful." 

- 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. 


Now go on and give us a shot!


Ends in 4 days, 7 hours $3.00
$3.00

This tipping option is more of an opportunity to support the literary community and the role Split Lip plays within it. Do, though, keep in mind that this does not guarantee publication. That said, our guidelines are below. 

Send us your best poem.  Yes, 1 poem per submission. We want new, innovative works by fresh voices.  Please follow the rules. Do not submit more than one poem at a time. Please wait for a response before submitting again. If you submit more than one poem at a time, we will likely reject. 

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please contact us 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. 

Ends in 4 days, 7 hours $3.00
$3.00
This tipping option is more of an opportunity to support the literary community and the role Split Lip plays within it. Do, though, keep in mind that this does not guarantee publication. That said, our guidelines are below. 

- 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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