Little Patuxent Review is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork for the Summer 2014 Open issue, co-edited by Laura Shovan and Steven Leyva. The Open issue is LPR’s first unthemed issue, so write with abandon, occupy your imagination, and send LPR your best writing. The poet Bei Dao wrote, “Freedom is nothing but the distance / between the hunter and the hunted.” LPR’s Open issue provides the freedom; tell us what passions, obsessions, and themes you are hunting, or are hunting you. Submissions will be open until March 1, 2014.
Little Patuxent Review is a community-based publication focused on writers and artists from the Mid-Atlantic region, but all excellent work originating in the United States will be considered.
Although our issues are organized around themes, we allow considerable leeway in how contributors interpret them in order to ensure access to the broadest range of high-quality work.
We recommend that you look over at least one issue to determine whether your work is appropriate for our publication. You can purchase individual copies online or at various local outlets. You can also view videos of the readings of some of the pieces we’ve published in the Issue 7. Winter 2010, Issue 9. Winter 2011, Issue 10. Summer 2011, Issue 12. Summer 2012, Issue 13. Winter 2013, and Issue 14. Summer 2013 sections of this site.
We also suggest that you read Editor Laura Shovan’s Six Questions interview for her views on submissions, Fiction Editor Jen Grow’s “More Words = More Reasons to Revise” on why submitting that great first draft just won’t work and former Online Editor Ilse Munro’s “The Story of a Story” on what it actually takes to get published in a top literary journal. And for a light-hearted look at what we don’t want, check out our fictional advice columnist’s piece “Dear Elvira: Bad Writing and Every Beholder’s Eye.”
Poetry and Prose Submissions
You may submit one fiction piece of no more than 5000 words, one nonfiction piece of no more than 3500 words or a maximum of three poems. You must specify the genre of the work, your name and pseudonym (if any), the word count (prose only) and complete contact information and include a 75-word bio written in the third person.
Your work must be typed using a standard, legible font (i.e, the equivalent of 12-point Times New Roman) with flush-left margins and submitted as a single .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf or .txt file.
Art and Photography Submissions
You may submit a portfolio of four to six images. You must specify the genre of the work, your name and pseudonym (if any) and complete contact information and include a curriculum vitae, a 75-word bio written in the third person and a link to your website, if available.
Your work must be combined into a single submission consisting of .jpeg or .tif files no larger than 5mb.
- We do not accept submissions from persons living outside of the United States.
- While our contributing editors may provide pieces at the request of the editor, we do not accept unsolicited material from anyone listed on our masthead.
- While we may reprint previously published work, we do not accept unsolicited submissions that have been previously published, either in print or online.
- We do not accept multiple submissions or work submitted before we have notified you of our decision about pieces under review.
- We do accept work that is simultaneously submitted to other journals as long as it is identified as such and you promptly inform us of acceptance elsewhere.
We do not accept submissions sent by standard mail or email. Please use Submittable, our electronic submission manager, by clicking on the following link:
Deadlines and Themes
The submission period for the Winter 2014 SCIENCE issue opens August 1, 2013.
Notification and Queries
Expect three to five months for a decision. If you have not heard from us in that time, check your Submittable account. If you still have a question, contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compensation and Publication Rights
Regrettably, we cannot provide monetary compensation for work published in LPR. If we publish your work, we will give you one copy of the issue in which your work appears and the opportunity to read or discuss your work at the issue’s launch event. When we accept a piece, we obtain first-publication rights only.