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In an effort to promote Black voices, Split Lip Magazine is opening free submissions for Black writers in all genres.

Split Lip Magazine Submissions

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All submissions are currently being considered for our monthly online issues and our annual print issue. In an effort to promote Black voices, Split Lip Magazine is opening free submissions for Black writers in all genres. Before you smash the submit button, get the deets below! 👇🏾

Split Lip Magazine Payment 

We pay (via PayPal) $50 per author for poems, memoirs, flash, fiction, and art, and $25 for interviews/reviews for our web issues. Payment for print is $5 per page, minimum of $20, plus 2 contributor copies.

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

When to Submit To Split Lip Magazine

Free Submissions
January, March, May, August, September, November

We recommend submitting early in free subs months! Sometimes we have to shut free subs early due to a rad but also overwhelming response. (A peek behind the curtain: our free sub cap with Submittable maxes out. 😭)

Tip Jar Submissions only
February, April, June, October, and the first half of December

We don’t accept submissions in July or from December 15–31.

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.

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

 Sometimes we close Expedited Review in one or more genres to catch up on submissions. If you don’t see it listed as a submissions category on our Submittable page, it means it’s temporarily closed.

Split Lip Magazine Ground Rules

What’s a magazine without exclusive content? We want to see fresh work that hasn’t been published anywhere before (including your personal blog or website). First-time electronic publication rights are really all we ask for.

One submission per writer at a time, please. That means if you submit a poem, you can’t also submit flash, etc. You get the picture.

We accept simultaneous submissions. Yay! But please withdraw your piece immediately if it’s accepted elsewhere.

Content warnings: If your work deals with sensitive or triggering topics, please identify/note them in your cover letter.

We don’t accept emailed submissions. You gotta use our Submittable. The exception to the rule is Interviews/Reviews—see below for more deets!

If you have some edits to make after you’ve submitted: withdraw your submission, update it, and re-submit! We know it’s a headache, but we’re a small, all-volunteer team. 

We only have so many heads to hold everyone else’s aches. So be a pal and do a little of the legwork for us! Any emails asking us to correct something in a submission will, as much as it pains us to say it, be ignored!

It’ll take us up to 16 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?

Split Lip Magazine Submissions Tips & Tricks

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.

Don’t send us stuff that promotes bigotry and violence. 🙅🏽

What We’re Looking For

< 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.

< 1000 words

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

Just your very best

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


1000–3000 words

Send us your best unpublished literary, mainstream, or experimental writing between 1,000 and 3,000 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.

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.

Photography + Art
1 piece, or link your portfolio

Please note that art submissions are only open during free submission periods.

Send us one high-resolution image or a link to your portfolio. 

We want art steeped in memory & awareness.

 Art that eats donuts & watches cartoons on Saturday mornings. 

Art that lives next door. Whose parents are immigrants. 

Art that’s lowbrow. Pop-surreal. Hyperreal. Abstract. Art that reminds us of our humanity.



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In an effort to promote Black voices, Split Lip Magazine is opening free submissions for Black writers in all genres.
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