*Submissions are always open*
What are we looking for
Art + Creative Nonfiction + Poetry + Poetry in Translation + Book Reviews
When to submit
We are open for submissions year-round. New issues drop on the 2nd or 3rd Monday of each month. Please allow 4-6 weeks for a response.
How to submit
Poetry + Nonfiction: Submit up to 5 previously unpublished pieces via email with your name and the type of submission subject line. Please include a third person bio, any social media handles, and where you learned about us in the body of the email. We prefer the work to be attached as a .doc or .docx file. Simultaneous submissions are fine. Please let us know ASAP if you need to withdraw your work.
Send poetry to Clair at email@example.com
Send creative nonfiction/essays to Ola at firstname.lastname@example.org
Poems in Translation: Submit up to 5 poems in translation. We would prefer that submissions include both the translation and the poems in their original language. Please include third person bios for both the poet and the translator. Be sure to include proof of permissions to publish your translations or evidence that the original work is in the public domain.
Send poems in translation to Ariel at email@example.com
Art: We select one featured artist per issue. If you are interested in being our featured artist, please submit your third person bio, a sampling of your work (4-6 pieces), and where you learned about us. If selected, we will set up an interview with you to publish along with your work.
Send art to Clémence at firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Reviews: We are now accepting book reviews! We are particularly interested in reviews of chapbooks, works from small presses, and works by poets from marginalized backgrounds and identities. Book reviews should be approximately 400-800 words.
Send book reviews to Bob at email@example.com
Want your book reviewed or to be interviewed?
Send a quick overview and available links to firstname.lastname@example.org
Terms & Conditions
By submitting work to Vagabond City Literary Journal, you agree to submit only work that is 100% your own. If you are pulling on another work for ANY reason (found poem, song lyrics, etc.) you MUST note this in your submission. You give permission to us to keep your work on the site indefinitely, to publish it in future print issues, and share any and all information you share with us on our social media channels. Otherwise, your work is yours. Art may and will be used on our website and on social media channels (think headers, etc.).
Note: We privilege inclusive works
We don’t accept works that play into the traditional oppressiveness of the literary canon, i.e. voicing the stories we hear often from the perspectives of cishet, white, upper-class able-bodied males. No slurs, unless you’re reclaiming them; if this is the case, please be sure that these slurs align with identities you’ve told us you have in your bio.