Split Lip Magazine is a voice-driven literary journal with a pop culture twist. We publish online monthly and in print annually. We are currently considering all submissions for online and print. 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.

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.
  • 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.

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.
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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.

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.  

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! 

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.

In general, we're looking for your best fiction from 1,000-3,000 words. 

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

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 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!

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!

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. 


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, only 1 poem. Multiple submissions are not permitted. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please contact us if the piece is picked up elsewhere.

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.

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

Split Lip Magazine