GENERAL SUBMISSIONS (PRINT EDITION ONLY)


Ninth Letter is accepting submissions of fiction from September 1 to November 30 and from January 16 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. 

Please read the complete guidelines in the category to which you are submitting work. Submissions that do not follow stated guidelines will not be considered for publication.

Ninth Letter pays $25 per printed page, upon publication, for material accepted to our print edition, 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.


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 Winter 2018.  Submissions will be open from September 1 to November 5.

 

The theme for this issue is Community. Without all of us, we’re nothing. What does community mean to you? Send us your work that remembers where it came from, that knows it takes a village, that knows the power of common ground and common concerns. Show us your factions, your fellowships, your (inter)dependence, your cliques. Show us your roots, your beliefs, your needs, and who you share them with. Show us what it means to be better together.

 

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 Note: work submitted without this information may be withdrawn.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 Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as they are identified as such in a cover letter and withdrawn immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.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.







Current undergraduate or graduate students in any UIUC English Department program are ineligible to submit to Ninth Letter.


Ends on November 30, 2017

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.

Ninth Letter pays $25 per printed page, upon publication, for material accepted to our print edition, 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 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.

Ninth Letter pays $25 per printed page, upon publication, for material accepted to our print edition, 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.

Ends on February 28, 2018

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.

Ninth Letter pays $25 per printed page, upon publication, for material accepted to our print edition, 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.

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.

Ends on November 5, 2017
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.

Ends on November 5, 2017
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.