LandLocked is open for submissions through April 1.


We seek to publish diverse voices, including works by writers who are people of color, queer, transgender, disabled, indigenous, international, and/or underrepresented in literary magazines. We are interested in work that breaks the boundaries of tradition, form, and genre. 


We do not accept previously published work (this includes anywhere on the web). Simultaneous submissions are acceptable and encouraged, but please contact us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere and withdraw your submission on Submittable. Please see specific genre requirements before submitting your work. Additionally, please wait six months after receiving a response on your submission before you submit again.


Please contact us at landlockedlitjournal@gmail.com with questions or comments.

We strongly support and encourage experimental and hybrid work, but that sometimes includes work that cannot be neatly categorized into one genre. If you feel your work falls into multiple genres, or lies outside of fiction, flash, nonfiction, poetry, or art, or if you aren't sure yourself which genre your work might fit into, feel free to make use of this submission option. Please peruse our guidelines for our other genres to get a feel for the work we're looking to publish. We understand hybrid and experimental forms can sometimes be difficult to put a length cap on, so we ask that you use your best judgement while keeping in mind that for longer pieces, we prefer work under 6,000 words and/or 20 pages. For shorter pieces, we prefer that you submit up to 3 pieces of fewer than 1,000 words and/or 4 pages each.

We are interested in flash fiction that deploys sharp detail, complexity, evocative language, a memorable voice, and the poetic possibility offered by this shorter genre. We want pieces of literary quality and encourage the fantastical and the speculative. Most importantly, though, we want immersive writing that lingers with the reader long after the last sentence. Send us up to 3 pieces of flash up to 1,000 each. Please submit only once per submission period.

We want fiction that deploys sharp detail, unique and complex characters, evocative language, and a memorable voice. We want stories of literary quality and encourage fantastical and speculative literature. Most importantly, though, we want immersive storytelling that lingers with the reader long after the last page. Send us your most imaginative and challenging writing in ​6,000 words or fewer. Please submit only one story per submission period.

We are interested in work that pushes the boundaries of tradition, both in content and form. We seek strong imagery and language that moves us and can reveal power even in quietness. We are open to your experimentations and are especially interested in work that is speculative, surreal, fragmented, and lyrical. We welcome and strongly encourage underrepresented voices. Please send 3–5 poems of no more than 20 pages in total. Please submit only one once per reading period. 

We love being challenged and surprised, both in content and in form. We are looking for pieces that push us to see through a particular lens and experience otherwise underrepresented perspectives. We are especially drawn to pieces that challenge the boundaries of the genre, incorporate fictional and poetic elements, and make us question how "creative" nonfiction can be. Please submit either one piece under 6,000 words or up to 3 pieces under 1,000 words each. Please only submit once per submission period. 

Art

We want images that compel us to action, art that makes the page feel alive. We're interested in all different mediums and encourage experimental pieces. Please make sure all image submissions are either .jpg  or PNG and as high-quality as possible. Submitted art may have previously been recognized for an award, but should not be previously published. The term "published" includes work shared on public social media accounts, websites, and anywhere else online. Please only send one packet of 1-6 pieces at a time and wait for our response before submitting again. Please include all pieces in the same submission; please do not send multiple submissions at once. 

Note: We do accept and encourage photographs of your 3D art mediums such as cross stitching, embroidery, etc., but please be sure that the photographs are of high quality and show only the artwork itself against a plain background. 

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