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. 

Ends on October 31, 2016$ 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.
- 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 January 15, 2017$ 10.00
$ 10.00
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2017

Prize: $100 + Publication + 20 Author Copies

Final Judge: Cyn Vargas, author of On the Way. More about Cyn here.

Eligibility: Fiction, Poetry, CNF 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 Previously published, stand-alone works are fine, but the ms must be an unpublished body of work.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: $10

What We Seek: Check out our most recent issue to get a feel for what we like, and check out the incredible work of Cyn Vargas, our guest judge.

Guidelines: Please send mss of 20 - 36 numbered pages with a table of contents. Please do not include acknowledgements or thank-yous. Submitted mss will be read blindly, so keep all identity and contact info in the Submittable text boxes, and avoid putting that info on your manuscript. We are only accepting submissions through Submittable. 

Finally: We look forward to reading your work!

Good luck!
Ends on October 31, 2016$ 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 3000 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 October 31, 2016$ 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 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. 

Ends on October 7, 2016

- 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. 

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 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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