Likely Red is open year-round for submissions in prose, poetry, photography, and almost everything else. We encourage folks from anywhere to let us see what they’ve got. We try to keep an open mind. We publish what we like. We pay. We try to push the right buttons to nominate work for various literary awards, including The Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthology.

We’re currently receiving all submissions via Submittable. Please click below to submit. Complete guidelines are available there. (If you’ve previously submitted via email, that’s fine. We’ve received your submission and if you haven’t heard back from us, it is still under consideration. However, going forward, we no longer accept submissions via email.)

We now charge a small $3 submission fee. The fee will go towards keeping Likely Red afloat, including our submission manager costs, payments for contributors, promotion, and setting money aside for future contests and prizes.

Submission response time is currently around 3-4 months.

Periods of free submissions will be announced a month in advance via our submissions page and our social media accounts. Until then, thank you for your financial support of Likely Red Magazine.


Questions? Weird ones? Email the editor at Editor [at] LikelyRed [dot] com.

Interested in becoming a First Reader or a Guest Editor for an upcoming issue? Check our Opportunities page.

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