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, 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!

WE ARE NOW A PAYING MARKET! As of May 2018, contributors to web issues will receive $50 (paid via PayPal). Print issue contributor payment is $5 per printed page, minimum of $20, plus 2 contributor copies and 1-year subscription.

Other important details: 

  • We're open for FREE submissions during the months of January, March, May, September, and November. 
  • We are open for TIP JAR submissions only during the months of February, April, June, October, and December
  • We are closed to submissions in July and August.
  • 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. It does not guarantee acceptance. 
  • Occasionally we may shut FREE subs early when our free sub cap with Submittable maxes out. If the fees are a burden, please get in touch, and we'll see what we can do. 
  • Please submit in one genre only 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.
  • Please double-space your prose submission.
  • 100% of any submission fee goes to running the magazine (web host fees, Submittable fees) and to paying contributors.
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Get your copy of Split Lip PRINT 2, our second-ever print issue, right here! 

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 1,000-2,500 words (though shorter is better) for our web issues.

- 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!

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 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.
-Please only submit one piece at a time. 

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!

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.

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 or at least 1.5 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 1,000-2,500 word range for our web issues.

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, 1 poem per submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please contact us if the piece is picked up elsewhere.

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.
  • 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 1,000-2,500 word range for our web issues.
  • 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. 

Thank you! ​

- Please read at least one piece from our archives to help discern if we're right for you.

- Please double space and use a standard font (Times, Garamond etc.)

- We favor interesting, literary narratives with a modern, pop culture appeal.

- The shorter, the better. 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. 


We want innovative works by fresh voices.

Send us ONE unpublished poem. Yes, 1 poem per submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please contact us or withdraw if the poem is picked up elsewhere.


Thank you!

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 it 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.


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. 


Payment is $50 USD, payable via PayPal. 

Split Lip Magazine