A MESSAGE TO WRITERS

At Ninth Letter, we have always been committed to keeping our submissions process equal and open to all writers. While Submittable is the most efficient and popular online interface for both writers and editors, it is also one of the most costly. The Submittable subscription plan that Ninth Letter must use, given the size of our staff and submissions pool, is one of the biggest single expenses in our annual budget. Therefore, in order to continue to maintain our Submittable platform, we will be implementing submission fees for a portion of our reading period. 

Beginning in September, we will require a submission fee of $3 per submission for online submissions to our print journal during the months of September, October, January, and February. Online submissions to our print journal will be free in November and December. We will also continue to take submissions to our print edition via USPS, postmarked between 9/1 and 2/28. 

Online submissions to our web edition will remain free for the entire reading period. As in previous years, we will not accept USPS submissions to our web edition, nor can we accept any submissions via direct email.

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to reading your work.


GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (PRINT EDITION) 

  

Ninth Letter is accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and essays for our print edition from September 1 to February 28 (postmark dates). Please note our fee schedule as follows:

September and October: $3.00 per submission

November and December: no submission fee required

January and February: $3.00 per submission

Ninth Letter is published semi-annually in print 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, or up to three pieces of flash prose, 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.

USPS 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 16 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 Winter 2021.  Submissions will be open from September 1 to November 3

The theme for this issue is Touch. When  was your last? The question is particularly evocative (and provocative)  at the present moment, when physical and social touch seem so restricted. With this in mind, the theme is necessarily constellatory. Consider: in touch, out of touch, touchdown, Midas touch, human touch,  be in touch, lose touch, touchback, don’t touch, wouldn't touch,  wouldn’t touch with ten foot pole, touch a nerve, touch on, touch up,  just a touch, touch and go, touch base, touch pad, lost touch, magic  touch, touchy, retouched, I'm touched, truly touched, two-hand-touch,  untouched, stay in touch, touchback, touch-less, finishing touch, put me  in touch, lose touch, lost touch, untouched, untouched, untouched. 

You  may submit up to three poems, or one piece of short prose (fiction or nonfiction) of up to 3500 words; you may also submit up to three pieces of flash prose totaling no more than 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. 

Submissions sent via snail mail or submitted through our print edition general submissions forms 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. Please withdraw your submission 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

Ninth Letter is accepting electronic submissions of creative nonfiction for a fee of $3.00 from September 1 to October 31. 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 also accept submissions free of charge via USPS. Postal submissions should be addressed to:

Creative Nonfiction Editor 

NINTH LETTER 

University of Illinois Department of English 

608 South Wright St. 

Urbana, IL 61801

No fee is required for USPS submissions. 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 16 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 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. 

Ninth Letter is accepting electronic submissions of fiction for a fee of $3.00 from September 1 to October 31. 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 also accept submissions free of charge via USPS. Postal submissions should be addressed to:

Fiction Editor 

NINTH LETTER 

University of Illinois Department of English 

608 South Wright St. 

Urbana, IL 61801

No fee is required for USPS submissions. 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 16 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 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. 

Ninth Letter is accepting submissions of poetry for our print edition for a fee of $3 from September 1 to October 31. 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 also accept submissions free of charge via USPS. Postal submissions should be addressed to:

Poetry Editor 

NINTH LETTER 

University of Illinois Department of English 

608 South Wright St. 

Urbana, IL 61801

No fee is required for USPS submissions. 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 16 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 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. 

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 print edition 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 print edition general submissions links will not be considered for this edition.


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 print edition general submissions links will not be considered for this edition.


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