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Submission Guidelines

Submissions are currently OPEN for Issue 5: MIRAGE! We publish three times a year, and our open reading periods are from March 1 to May 1, July 1 to September 1, and November 1 to January 1. Submissions sent outside reading periods will not be read. Please send all submissions and correspondence to Additionally, we offer free feedback of around 300 words on submissions if requested. 


Additional guidelines:

  • Submit as a PDF or Word document.

  • Please title the email subject as follows: GENRE/Last name (e.g. POETRY/Smith). If you are submitting in multiple genres, please divide them into separate submissions. Please submit no more than 3 pieces per genre per reading period. Please limit prose to 2000 words. Additionally, we are open to art that pushes boundaries; please title your submission with OTHER if your piece(s) do not fit within conventional genre definitions.

  • Please include a short third-person bio.

  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, and even encouraged—though please let us know if so, and notify us ASAP if the piece is accepted elsewhere.

  • We accept previously published work—please include where and when it was previously published and if it is eligible for republication.

  • We ask for First Serial Rights, and after a piece is published with Sophon Lit, the contributor retains all rights. If you choose to publish your piece elsewhere after us, we kindly ask that you credit Sophon Lit as the first publisher. 

  • We aim to keep response times within one month, and usually sooner. Please feel free to query after a month has passed. 

  • Sophon Lit has a zero-tolerance policy for plagiarism, and we do not accept AI-assisted work. We also do not condone bigotry or excessive violence of any kind.

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