Split Lip Magazine is a 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, 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 all year (except when we are closed to all submissions in July and the second half of December). 

WE ARE A PAYING MARKET! Contributors to web issues will receive $50 (paid via PayPal; note that payment cannot be made by any other method than PayPal). Print issue contributor payment is $5 per printed page, minimum of $20, plus 2 contributor copies.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! Split Lip Magazine is turning TEN! Ten is a BIG deal, and we want to celebrate in all sorts of TINY ways! We are publishing a special anniversary issue of mini fiction, memoir, and poetry! Isn’t mini cute??? Submissions will be open from May 1 to May 31, 2022. Please submit your micros to the categories below marked "Anniversary Issue"; make sure to select the right genre! Please do not submit micros to our expedited review categories. For more information, check out submission details here.

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 the first half of December. Tip Jar submissions are not read any faster than free subs, but these donations do help us pay our contributors, Submittable fees, and printing costs! We greatly appreciate your contribution! Please note that we will be open to free submissions by Black writers and artists in these months. 
  • Art Submissions are only open during free submission periods.
  • We are closed to submissions in July and from December 15th to 31st.
  • We sometimes 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. If you do not see an Expedited Review category below in a given genre or genres, it means that it is currently closed; our staff is catching up on regular submissions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Content Warnings: If your work deals with sensitive or triggering topics, please identify/note them in your cover letter.
  • Please double-space your prose submission.
  • 100% of any submission fee goes to running the magazine (web host fees, printing costs, Submittable fees) and to paying contributors.

Split Lip Magazine is turning TEN! Ten is a BIG deal, and we want to celebrate in all sorts of TINY ways! We are publishing a special anniversary issue of mini fiction, memoir, and poetry! Isn’t mini cute???

GUIDELINES FOR MICRO POETRY SUBMISSIONS:

LINE/WORD COUNT LIMITS: No more than 20 lines, 10-15 words MAX per line

GENRE: Poetry

THEME: Write about ANYTHING! Whatever interests YOU! Really! There is no required theme, but we will probably get super excited about work that touches on the passing of time, nostalgia, memory/memories, decades, the past, or the number ten in some way, even if very tangentially. After all, we are turning ten! (Did we say that already?) But we are mostly looking for your favorite, best tiny work, so send us that!

MAY I SUBMIT MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS for the anniversary issue? You may only submit ONE time to ONE genre, but that submission may contain TWO tiny poems.

WHEN: Submissions will be open from May 1 to May 31, 2022

PAYMENT: $75 per piece!!!

HOW WILL THEY BE PUBLISHED? Two ways! Two times the fun! Accepted work will be featured (1) online in November in our anniversary issue AND (2) in a bundle of TEN GORGEOUS SUBLIME SPECTACULAR postcards featuring the micros, as well as Split Lip art from over the years.

CAN YOUR WORK EXCEED THE WORD/LINE LIMITS? No, silly! Because then they won’t fit on our pretty postcards!

MAY PREVIOUS CONTRIBUTORS SUBMIT? YES please! You don’t even have to wait a year from your first publication date to submit.

Split Lip Magazine is turning TEN! Ten is a BIG deal, and we want to celebrate in all sorts of TINY ways! We are publishing a special anniversary issue of mini fiction, memoir, and poetry! Isn’t mini cute???

GUIDELINES FOR MICRO MEMOIR SUBMISSIONS:

WORD COUNT: 275 words or less! Please note your word count in your cover letter or above your micro!

GENRE: MEMOIR or Creative Non Fiction

THEME: Write about ANYTHING! Whatever interests YOU! Really! There is no required theme, but we will probably get super excited about work that touches on the passing of time, nostalgia, memory/memories, decades, the past, or the number ten in some way, even if very tangentially. After all, we are turning ten! (Did we say that already?) But we are mostly looking for your favorite, best tiny work, so send us that!

MAY I SUBMIT MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS to the anniversary issue: You may only submit ONE time to ONE genre, but that submission may contain TWO micros.

WHEN: Submissions will be open from May 1 to May 31, 2022

PAYMENT: $75 per piece!!!

HOW WILL THEY BE PUBLISHED? Two ways! Two times the fun! Accepted work will be featured (1) online in November in our anniversary issue AND (2) in a bundle of TEN GORGEOUS SUBLIME SPECTACULAR postcards featuring the micros, as well as Split Lip art from over the years.

CAN YOUR WORK EXCEED THE WORD LIMIT? No, silly! Because then they won’t fit on our pretty postcards!

MAY PREVIOUS CONTRIBUTORS SUBMIT? YES please! You don’t even have to wait a year from your first publication date to submit.

Split Lip Magazine is turning TEN! Ten is a BIG deal, and we want to celebrate in all sorts of TINY ways! We are publishing a special anniversary issue of mini fiction, memoir, and poetry! Isn’t mini cute???

GUIDELINES FOR MICRO FICTION SUBMISSIONS:

WORD COUNT: 275 words or less. Please note your word count in your cover letter or above your micro!

THEME: Write about ANYTHING! Whatever interests YOU! Really! There is no required theme, but we will probably get super excited about work that touches on the passing of time, nostalgia, memory/memories, decades, the past, or the number ten in some way, even if very tangentially. After all, we are turning ten! (Did we say that already?) But we are mostly looking for your favorite, best tiny work, so send us that!

GENRE: Fiction

MAY I SUBMIT MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS to the anniversary issue: You may only submit ONE time to ONE genre, but that submission may contain TWO micros.

WHEN: Submissions will be open from May 1 to May 31, 2022

PAYMENT: $75 per piece!!!

HOW WILL THEY BE PUBLISHED? Two ways! Two times the fun! Accepted work will be featured (1) online in November in our anniversary issue AND (2) in a bundle of TEN GORGEOUS SUBLIME SPECTACULAR postcards featuring the micros, as well as Split Lip art from over the years.

CAN YOUR WORK EXCEED THE WORD LIMIT? No, silly! Because then they won’t fit on our pretty postcards!

MAY PREVIOUS CONTRIBUTORS SUBMIT? YES please! You don’t even have to wait a year from your first publication date to submit.

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!
  • 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.
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! 

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 its 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. 

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!

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.

  • 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. 
  • Please do not submit micros of 275 words or less for the Anniversary issue here; use the special submission category above! Thank you!
Thank you! ​

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 its 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