*Submissions are always open*
What are we looking for
Art + Creative Nonfiction + Fiction + Interviews + Poetry + Reviews
When to submit
We are open for submissions year-round. New issues drop on the third Monday of every month. Please allow 4-6 weeks for a response and please wait to hear back before submitting something new.
How to submit
Until we have an Art Editor again, we will accept individual art pieces or a collection of 6-8 pieces to highlight. If you would like to have your artwork considered for online publication, please include a third-person bio, any social media handles, and where you learned about us in the body of the email. We prefer your art to be attached as JPEGs.
Send Art to Alana at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to submit a review, we accept book and chapbook reviews of works. You can check out our Books Available for Review list or you can submit a review for a book or chapbook we don’t have on the list as long as it’s written by a marginalized author and/or an author of color. You can check out our review style and format here.
Reviews must be written and submitted by the reviewer themselves. We do not accept third-party submissions.
Send Book Reviews to Alana at email@example.com
CNF + Fiction + Poetry:
Submit up to 5 previously unpublished pieces via email with your name and the type of submission subject line.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. If you need to withdraw your work, please let us know ASAP in the same email thread as your submission.
Please limit CNF and Fiction submissions to 2500 words or less
Send CNF to Ola at firstname.lastname@example.org
Send Fiction to Nicole at email@example.com
Send Poetry to Clair at firstname.lastname@example.org
Want your book reviewed or want to be interviewed?
Book Review: send a quick overview and available links to email@example.com. We’ll add your info to our Books Available to Review list and let you know if anyone requests to review your work.
Please limit Review submissions to 1500 words or less
Send Interviews Request to Molly at 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 often hear 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.