Split Lip Magazine is an online affair for literature, music, fine art and film. We accept works of fiction, 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.
Ends on 6/15/2014
Submission Deadline: March 3 - June 15, 2014
First Place: 75 copies of the chapbook plus the slot as Split Lip's featured poet for our October - December issue.
Second Place: 25 copies of the chapbook.
Cash prizes are pending for now.
Both winners will receive promotional help from Split Lip: Outreach for book reviews, social media, blog, web ads, magazine ads if budget allows, etc.
Final Judge: Michael Meyerhofer. Info on the poet can be found HERE.
Eligibility: Poetry, Flash Fiction of ≤ 500 words, or a hybrid. Previously published, stand-alone works are fine, but the ms must be an unpublished body of work. So no book excerpts or do-overs. Simultaneous submissions are just fine, however, the reading fee is non-refundable. Please simply withdraw the ms from Submittable if the work is picked up elsewhere. All submissions must be in English. Translations are not ideal for this contest. If you have cover art, great, but please do not send it with your submission. B&W illustrations may be included within the body of the ms though.
Reading Fee: $12
What We Seek: Free verse, lyrical poetry, or flash fiction that carries a strong narrative. We want things that do things that result in new things. We want small vignettes of life. We want situations. Stretch the parameters of the proverbial envelope. Unique and interesting forms and mixing genres is certainly encouraged, but straight up verse or prose is encouraged as well. With regard to subject matter, we're open to anything from fishing trips to lovemaking, but please no porn or gore. Poets we like include Stephen Dobyns, Richard Hugo, Kim Addonizio, Sharon Olds, Charles Simic, Bob Hicok, Mary Oliver, Larry Levis, Jack Gilbert, Carolyn Forche and Allison Joseph.
A candid message straight from our poetry editor: "I'm always looking for new poets with sucker-punch skills. Be bold. Be experimental. Take risks. Just be good. I want to see if you’ve got it in you. I value intellectuality over sentimentality, simplicity over obfuscation, and other big words. But seriously, smart is good; witty is better. Above all, I look for originality—in content, in form, in voice. Don’t send me work you would send your mother. But don’t make me read poems that mean nothing to you."
Guidelines: Please send mss of 20 - 32 numbered pages with a table of contents. Please do not include acknowledgements or thank-yous. Submitted mss will be read blindly, so please include two cover letters with the ms: one with name & contact info, one with only the ms title. Electronic submissions through Submittable are preferred, but hard copy submissions along with the $12 entry fee may be sent to:
Split Lip Magazine
10906 Braewick Drive
Carmel, IN 46033
Attn: J. Scott Bugher
Further Rules: Regarding the usual "no friends of the editor" mandates, Split Lip takes a Clinton-esque approach: "Don't ask; Don't tell." Remember, reading is done entirely blind. One editor will see names, but nobody will be pulling any strings. We're chill, relaxed, casual––chill-axed-ual––and there will be no trickery. Favoritism is intolerable.
Finally: We look forward to the privilege of reading your work, and though competitive, we hope that writers will see this as an opportunity more than a dog-eat-dog competition.
Give us the dirty lowdown. An unpublished dirty lowdown, please. We love memoir that shines a new light on the human condition. There are no limitations in regards to subject matter. Happy and sad endings are fun and all, but we're hoping for redemptive endings. Like our fiction guidelines, we prefer works containing 500 - 3500 words. Also emphasized in fiction, we ask that you please send your best. We only publish one or two memoirs per month. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please contact us if the piece is picked up elsewhere. NOTE: If you are uncertain about the subject of your memoir, meaning you think you might feel remorse for publishing it, please do not submit it. We've had two memoirs taken down due to writer's remorse, and we'd like to put an end to that.
In the body of the message box, please provide a cover letter, brief bio and contact information.
Send up to 5 unpublished poems of face-melting material. Avoid any peppy and rhyming works. We want new, innovative works by fresh voices. Though we are open to all aesthetics, we favor narrative poetry in the likes of Stephen Dobyns, James Tate, Allison Joseph, Sharon Olds, Kim Addonizio, Bob Hicok, Tony Hoagland, Michael Meyerhofer, David Kirby, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sarah Pape, etc.
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.