splitlipthemag@gmail.com

Flash Contest
vol. 2

Judge: Bryan Washington
Deadline: October 15
1st place: $500 + publication

ENTER

Poetry Contest
vol. 2

Judge: Chen Chen
Deadline: October 15
1st place: $500 + publication

ENTER

 

How To submit

You know the drill. Read our issues to see if we’re a good home for your work. Then hit up our Submittable.

Free Submissions:

January, March, May, September, November

Sometimes we have to shut free subs early due to a really-rad-but-also-overwhelming response. (A peek behind the curtain: our free sub cap with Submittable maxes out 😭💸).

We recommend submitting early in free subs months!

And hey - if the fees are a burden, please reach out to us! We can’t always help out, but we like to try when we can.

Tip Jar submissions only:

February, April, June, October, December

We don’t accept submissions in July or August.

Expedited Submissions:

For $5 we’ll make sure we get back to you in 2 weeks. Expedited submissions don’t guarantee acceptance.

monkey.jpg

Some ground rules:

One submission per writer at a time, please. We want to see fresh work that hasn’t been published anywhere before (including your personal blog or website). We don’t accept emailed submissions — you gotta use our Submittable.

It’ll take us up to 12 weeks to let you know if you’re in or not — we’re a small, all-volunteer staff.

If you receive a rejection, please wait at least a month before submitting again: we love you, but a mag’s gotta breathe, you know?

Be a good person:

Double space your work - some of our staff needs it for readability! Single spaced poetry is okay, though. We vastly prefer .doc and .docx files, although a PDF is okay in a pinch. And don’t send us stuff that promotes bigotry and violence 🙅‍♀️

💸Ooooh money:

We pay $50 per author (via PayPal) for our web issues. Payment for print is $5 per page, minimum of $20, plus 2 contributor copies and a 1-year subscription.

As long as we’ve got money, we’re committed to paying people for their work.

Publication Rights:

First-time electronic publication rights are really all we ask for. What's a magazine without exclusive content?

Hang on!

Before you click this button, go read the genre deets below 👇

 

Fiction

1000-2500 words

Send us your best unpublished literary, mainstream, or experimental writing between 1,000 and 2,500 words. Profanity, sex and such are permitted but we will not publish anything tickling the boundaries of pornography. As much as we like sci-fi, romance, mystery and adventure, please, no genre fiction.

Flash

< 1000 words

Please send your unpublished short, shorter, shortest fiction under 1,000 words.

Poetry

Just your very best

Send us one (yes, just one) unpublished poem. Please do not send us more than one poem, fam!

 

Memoir

< 2000 words

Give us the dirty lowdown. We love memoir that shines a new light on the human condition. There are no limitations on subject matter. Maximum 2,000 words.

Interview / Review

Don’t use Submittable for interviews or reviews…

We’re looking for smart, compelling book reviews and author interviews (or interviews of people in the publishing industry). We’re especially interested in giving attention to books from independent presses and authors (or publishing professionals) from historically marginalized groups.

Do not submit through Submittable; instead, click the button below 👇

Photography + Art

Everyday + Unusual

We want 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 reads the tabloids and paints it nails. 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.