WE HAVE REACHED OUR FREE SUBMISSIONS LIMIT FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY! We will only be able to accept paid electronic submissions through our "tip jar" option for the rest of this month. 

For Web Edition submissions, free electronic submissions will reopen March 1. 

For Print Edition submissions, we will be accepting tip jar submissions through the end of February, as well as USPS hard copy submissions postmarked through 2/29.


GENERAL SUBMISSIONS (PRINT EDITION) 

Ninth Letter is accepting submissions of fiction from September 1 to November 30 and from January 1 to February 28 (postmark dates) We are accepting submissions of poetry and essays from September 1 to February 28 (postmark dates). Ninth Letter is published semi-annually at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. We are interested in prose and poetry that experiment with form, narrative, and nontraditional subject matter, as well as more traditional literary work. To make life easier for everyone, including yourself, please adhere to the following guidelines when submitting your work to Ninth Letter:

For poetry, submit 3-6 poems (max. 10 pages) at a time. For fiction and nonfiction, please send only one story or one essay at a time, up to 8,000 words.

Please do not send a second submission until you have received a response to the first. We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as they are identified as such in a cover letter. Please withdraw your submission immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

We do not accept submissions by email attachment—email submissions will not be read.

We strongly recommend submitting electronically via our submissions portal. However, if you are unable to do so, you may submit via USPS. Please note that mailed, hard-copy submissions may experience a long delay in response time. Mailed submissions should be addressed to Fiction Editor, Poetry Editor, or Nonfiction Editor:

Ninth Letter
University of Illinois
Department of English
608 South Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Please include your name and contact information on the first page of your manuscript; cover letters are optional. All mailed submissions must include an SASE for reply; we recommend a stamped business-sized envelope. If you wish to have your manuscript returned, you must include adequate postage and a properly sized envelope, and indicate such in your cover letter. We will recycle all unreturned manuscripts.

You should hear from us regarding your submission within 12 weeks; if you haven't heard from us in that time you are welcome to query about the status of your manuscript at info@ninthletter.com.

We can only review two submissions per author per reading period; if you have submitted twice before the end of the reading period, please do not submit again unless solicited to do so by an editor.

For material accepted to our print edition, Ninth Letter pays $25 per printed page, with a maximum payment of $150, as well as two complimentary copies of the issue in which the work appears. Writers will be sent contracts upon acceptance of their work, and will receive page proofs prior to publication; payment will be issued upon publication of the work. Ninth Letter publishes one print issue in the spring and one in the fall.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (WEB EDITION)

Ninth Letter will be accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for a special online edition to be published at ninthletter.com in Summer 2020.  Submissions will be open from January 24 to March 20.

The theme for this issue is Debts. To what are we beholden? Of course mortgages, student loans, credit cards and car payments. And with them the fraud and inherent large-scale crises that extract from and shape generations in unique ways. But also our loved ones and colleagues, the earth and the seasons, inventions and collectives, and ancestors as well as strangers. What do we owe, and to who or what is it owed?

Send us your indebted poems, stories and essays. You may submit up to three poems, or one piece of short prose (fiction or nonfiction) of up to 3500 words; please also include a cover letter that briefly explains how you see your work connecting to the theme. Note: work submitted without this information may be withdrawn. Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf.

Submit your work for this special feature at ninthletteronline.submittable.com. Submissions sent via snail mail or submitted through our general submissions at ninthletter.com will not be considered for this issue. 

Please do not send multiple submissions or previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

Authors whose work is selected for this special feature will receive a small honorarium ($25 per poem, $75 per story or essay) and a complimentary 2-­year subscription to Ninth Letter.




Please submit one essay of no more than 3500 words. You may also submit up to three pieces of flash nonfiction as long as the total word count of the submission is no more than 3500 words. 

Please also include a note that briefly explains your work's connection to the theme. Submissions without this note will not be accepted. 

Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, and .pdf.

Creative nonfiction submissions for the web edition are accepted through this link only. Submissions sent via snail mail, email, or our general submissions links will not be considered for this edition.

Please submit up to three poems. Poetry submissions should be no longer than 10 manuscript pages.

Please also include a note that briefly explains your work's connection to the theme. Submissions without this note will not be accepted. 

Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, and .pdf.

Poetry submissions for the web edition are accepted through this link only. Submissions sent via snail mail, email, or our general submissions links will not be considered for this edition.

Please submit one piece of short fiction of no more than 3500 words. You may also submit up to three pieces of flash fiction as long as the total word count of the submission is no more than 3500 words. 

Please also include a note that briefly explains your work's connection to the theme. Submissions without this note will not be accepted. 

Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, and .pdf.

Fiction submissions for the web edition are accepted through this link only. Submissions sent via snail mail, email, or our general submissions links will not be considered for this edition.

Ninth Letter is accepting submissions of Creative Nonfiction from September 1 to February 28. Please send only one essay at a time, up to 8,000 words. For flash essays, you may send up to three pieces as long as the total word count does not exceed 8,000 words.  We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as they are identified as such in a cover letter. Please withdraw your submission immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.  We do not accept submissions by email attachment--email submissions will not be read.We strongly encourage electronic submissions; submissions via USPS will likely have a longer response time. Postal submissions should be addressed to:

Creative Nonfiction Editor NINTH LETTER University of Illinois Department of English 608 South Wright St. Urbana, IL 61801

All mailed submissions must include an SASE for reply; we recommend a stamped business-sized envelope. If you wish to have your manuscript returned, you must include adequate postage and a properly sized envelope, and indicate such in your cover letter. We will recycle all unreturned manuscripts.You should hear from us regarding your submission within 12 weeks; if you haven't heard from us in that time you are welcome to query about the status of your manuscript via mail or e-mail at nonfiction@ninthletter.com.We can only review two submissions per author per reading period; if you have submitted twice before the end of the reading period, please do not submit again unless solicited to do so by an editor.For material accepted to our print edition, Ninth Letter pays $25 per printed page, with a maximum payment of $150, as well as two complimentary copies of the issue in which the work appears. Writers will be sent contracts upon acceptance of their work, and will receive page proofs prior to publication. Ninth Letter publishes one issue in the spring and one in the fall.

Ninth Letter is accepting submissions of poetry for our print edition from September 1 to February 28.Submit 3-6 poems (max. 10 pages) at a time.We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as they are identified as such in a cover letter. Please withdraw your submission immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.  We do not accept submissions by email attachment--email submissions will not be read.We strongly encourage electronic submissions; submissions via USPS will likely have a longer response time. Postal submissions should be addressed to:

Poetry Editor NINTH LETTER University of Illinois Department of English 608 South Wright St. Urbana, IL 61801

All mailed submissions must include an SASE for reply; we recommend a stamped business-sized envelope. If you wish to have your manuscript returned, you must include adequate postage and a properly sized envelope, and indicate such in your cover letter. We will recycle all unreturned manuscripts.You should hear from us regarding your submission within 12 weeks; if you haven't heard from us in that time you are welcome to query about the status of your manuscript via mail or e-mail at poetry@ninthletter.com.We can only review two submissions per author per reading period; if you have submitted twice before the end of the reading period, please do not submit again unless solicited to do so by an editor.For material accepted to our print edition, Ninth Letter pays $25 per printed page, with a maximum payment of $150, as well as two complimentary copies of the issue in which the work appears. Writers will be sent contracts upon acceptance of their work, and will receive page proofs prior to publication. Ninth Letter publishes one issue in the spring and one in the fall.

Ninth Letter is accepting submissions of fiction from September 1 to November 30 and from January 1 to February 28 (postmark dates).Please send only one story at a time, up to 8,000 words. For flash fiction, you may send up to three pieces as long as the total word count does not exceed 8,000 words.We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as they are identified as such in a cover letter. Please withdraw your submission immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.  We do not accept submissions by email attachment--email submissions will not be read.We strongly encourage electronic submissions; submissions via USPS will likely have a longer response time. Postal submissions should be addressed to:

Fiction Editor NINTH LETTER University of Illinois Department of English 608 South Wright St. Urbana, IL 61801

All mailed submissions must include an SASE for reply; we recommend a stamped business-sized envelope. If you wish to have your manuscript returned, you must include adequate postage and a properly sized envelope, and indicate such in your cover letter. We will recycle all unreturned manuscripts.You should hear from us regarding your submission within 12 weeks; if you haven't heard from us in that time you are welcome to query about the status of your manuscript via mail or e-mail at fiction@ninthletter.com.We can only review two submissions per author per reading period; if you have submitted twice before the end of the reading period, please do not submit again unless solicited to do so by an editor.For material accepted to our print edition, Ninth Letter pays $25 per printed page, with a maximum payment of $150, as well as two complimentary copies of the issue in which the work appears. Writers will be sent contracts upon acceptance of their work, and will receive page proofs prior to publication. Ninth Letter publishes one issue in the spring and one in the fall.

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