**ANNOUNCEMENT: 50% of proceeds from Tip Jar/Expedited Submissions received in September will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.***

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 genre only (choose your best and let us do the rest).
  • Should you receive a rejection, please wait one month before submitting again.
  • If you're a previous contributor, we love you, but please wait six months before submitting again. 

Ends on September 30, 2017$7.00
$7.00

***DEADLINE EXTENSION: Contest entries will now be accepted through September 30th!***

Introducing the Split Lip Summer Mixtape Contest Vol. 1!  Judged by Juan Martinez, author of Best Worst American, the very first Split Lip flash contest brings together pop culture and flash fiction in one exciting package. Write your best short (short) story based on Juan's summer mixtape (available here) and send us what you've got. 

The 1st place winner will receive $250, publication in Split Lip’s inaugural print issue, and an invitation to read at Split Lip’s AWP '18 reading/issue launch. 

2nd place: $50

3rd place: $25

All finalists will be considered for future publication. Winners and finalists will be notified in late October. 

Fine Print (Please follow the rules):

  • 750 words or less, inspired by the mixtape.
  • 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. 

CLMP's community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.


Here's how we'll do it:

-To be certain that each manuscript receives the fairest consideration, all manuscripts will be judged anonymously. A member of our staff will serve as administrative coordinator ("contest coordinator") and will not read contest submissions. This staff member will assign submissions to a team of readers, all of whom will read blind. 

-Readers will be instructed to “grade” each manuscript on a scale of 1-5, and to make notes and recommendations on each of the “5” and “high 4” manuscripts. All of the “5” and “high 4” manuscripts will be looked at again for further consideration by the readers and Split Lip editors, excluding the “contest coordinator." The team will narrow entries to a top ten.

-The top ten entries will then be compiled, without identifying information, and sent to this year's judge. This year's judge will choose a winner and two finalists. 

Should you have any questions about the contest or our judging process, please get in touch (kaitlyn at splitlipmagazine dot com).

Happy listening and good luck!


Ends on December 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 December 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 December 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 December 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 on October 13, 2017
Calling all artists and photographers! We're looking for photography and art to feature on the homepage of our monthly journal. Please send one high-resolution file per submission and/or a link to your portfolio. Materials may have been previously published online. 
Ends on February 28, 2018
Ends on October 31, 2017$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 on October 31, 2017$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 on September 30, 2017$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 on October 31, 2017$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.