***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.****

Split Lip Magazine* is 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. 

*Split Lip Magazine is affiliated with Split Lip Press, but we are run independently. If you have a question about a Split Lip Press submission, please vist 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. 
  • All submissions will be considered for both online and our 2nd print issue (releasing March 2019). Should you wish to be considered for online only, please let us know 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 (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 your submission fee goes to running the magazine (web host fees, Submittable fees) and to paying contributors.

Introducing the The Split Lip Poetry Contest Vol. 1!  Judged by Paige Lewis!

1st Place: $500

2 Runners-Up: $50 each

The winner will be published in the 2019 print issue of Split Lip Magazine. All finalists will be considered for future publication. Winners and finalists will be notified by mid-to-late November. 

Fine Print (Please follow the rules):

  • $10 entry fee. 
  • 100 lines or less.
  • One poem per submission.
  • Multiple submissions are allowed.
  • Simultaneous subs are allowed, but please let us know immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
  • Do not put your name or identifying information on your uploaded document. Submissions with identifying information will be disqualified. 
  • All submissions will be considered for publication. 
  • Former contributors are eligible for entry.

Close friends/family/colleagues and current or former students of this year's judge are not allowed to enter. For the purposes of the contest, a close friend is defined as someone with whom the judge has frequent contact (e.g., you email at least once a month).

Please note that Split Lip Magazine subscribes to the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Contest Code of Ethics. We are committed to running an ethical contest. For more information, please visit our site here

Ends on January 31, 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 1,000-5,000 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 January 31, 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 December 31, 2018$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!

Ends on January 31, 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!

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.

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 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.

- 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. 

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.

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. 


  • 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. 
  • The shorter, the better though we (rarely) take up to 5,0000 words. 
  • 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. 

Thank you! ​

We want innovative works by fresh voices.

Send us ONE unpublished poem. Yes, 1 poem per submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please contact us or withdraw if the poem is picked up elsewhere.


Thank you!

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

- Please double space and use a standard font (Times, Garamond etc.)

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

- The shorter, the better. We take up to 2000 words. 

NOTE: If your memoir is of a delicate subject matter, please make sure you really want it open to the public. We've had to remove a few pieces from our archives due to writer's remorse, so be careful, please. 

- 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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