Split Lip Magazine is voice-driven literary journal with a pop culture twist. We publish online monthly and once yearly. We accept works of 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.

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 one year before submitting again. 

Ends on December 31, 2017$15.00
$15.00

Submit one story of no more than 3,500 words, and receive feedback of at least 350 words. 

All submissions in this category will be considered for publication. Paying for this feedback option does not guarantee publication and is not an invitation to debate your work with our editors. Space is limited to 8 submissions. Expect a response within one month, usually sooner. 

A Note from Fiction Editor, Katie Flynn: 

In my opinion, the best feedback honors the writer’s intent while challenging the choices taken to get there. To that end, I will highlight the elements of your story that I think are most successful and point out the areas where I think the story needs improvement, including feedback on such issues as: plot and character development, voice, structure and pacing, setting, imagery and language. Feedback will take the form of margin notes and a 350-word response organized into clear recommendations for revision with an eye toward publication.


Ends on December 31, 2017$15.00
$15.00

Submit one CNF of no more than 2,000 words, and receive feedback from Memoir Editor, Ray Shea.

All submissions in this category will be considered for publication. Paying for this feedback option does not guarantee publication and is not an invitation to debate your work with our editors. Space is limited to 15 submissions. Expect a response within one month, usually sooner. 


A Note from Memoir Editor, Ray Shea: 

When I read nonfiction submissions for Split Lip, I'm asking of each piece the same things I ask about my own writing. Does it have a strong beginning, and a punch-in-the-gut ending? Does the pacing carry the story? If not, can I fix it by deleting words or sections, or adding more white space? How am I maintaining tension, and where are the places where the tension escapes like air from a leaky balloon? And finally, since it's nonfiction, I know it is true, but why does it matter? 

For newer writers I flag some common missteps that I still catch myself making: passive verbs, weak descriptors, overuse of adverbs, run-on sentences that don't need to run on.

And obviously, when writing works, I mark it as "Hell yes! Love this!"

There's a great quote from Jim Shepard where he describes the best reader responses you can get as "wearying, in that they believe that anything can be improved, and with a sense of hope, in that they believe that anything can be transformed." I try my best to achieve that.
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 February 28, 2018
Ends on December 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 December 31, 2017
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.
- 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 December 31, 2017$3.00
$3.00

- 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. 


Ends on December 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. 

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 December 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. 


Ends on January 15, 2018$10.00
$10.00
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2018

Prize: $100 + Publication + 20 Author Copies

Final Judge: Kara Vernor, author of Because I Wanted to Write You a Pop Song. More about Kara 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. 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 (if this is financially prohibitive, send an email to Amanda: editor@splitlipmagazine.com)

What We Seek: Check out our past chapbooks and issues of Split Lip Magazine to get a feel for what we like.

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 December 31, 2017

- 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 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. 

- 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. 


Ends on December 31, 2017

We want new, innovative works by fresh voices.

Send us ONE unpublished poem of face-melting material. Yes, 1 poem per submission.   Please follow the rules. Do not submit more than one poem at a time. Please wait for a response before submitting again.

- Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please contact us or withdraw if the poem is picked up elsewhere.

- In the body of the message box, please provide a short cover letter, brief bio and contact information. 

Ends on December 31, 2017

- 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 standard font (Times, Garamond etc.)

- 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 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.