Likely Red is open for submissions in prose, poetry, photography, and art. 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 our contributors. 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We only accept submissions in English and all submissions must be previously unpublished.

Simultaneous Submissions: We accept simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your submission as soon as possible if a piece you’ve submitted to us gets accepted elsewhere. If a poem you've submitted to us gets accepted and you've submitted more than one poem in the same file, you may send us an edit request for your submission and note which poems have been withdrawn.

Cover Letters: We couldn’t care less about cover letters. They're more for you than us. Include them if you want. We only care about your contact info: specifically your name and email address. If you have a Twitter account or another social media presence, we’d like that, too. We love being annoying and re-tweeting/bothering you on Twitter.

Response Times: Give us three months to make a decision. If you haven’t heard from us within 90 days, please send us an email or aggravate us on Twitter. We encourage you to report our response times on Duotrope or The Grinder.

Our editor is mean and either can’t or won’t give individual feedback on every piece due to the time, as well as an unfortunate social incident that occurred in his deep dark past.

Payments: We pay contributors $25 (usd) upon acceptance. We know it’s not much. As our magazine grows, we are open to exploring ways to increase this amount. The current payment method is PayPal.

Rights: We are paying for First Publication rights for us to publish your story online as well as archival rights for us to keep a copy of your story in our online archives. After publication, all writers and artists continue to hold all rights to their work. Please kindly indicate Likely Red as the first publisher if the work is published again. We will contact you and ask for permission if we want to use your work for any anthologies, nominations, or anything else in the future.

All content is subject to minor edits for grammar, typos, and formatting purposes.

For promotional purposes, we may quote small sections of your work in various locations, including on our social media accounts. We may also add text and alter colors to digital media for our use of the work in other locations on the website and social media, including headers and advertisements.

Submission fee: We now charge a small $3 submission fee. The fee will go towards keeping Likely Red afloat. This includes our submission manager costs, payments for contributors, promotion, and setting money aside for future contests and prizes. Implementing a fee was a hard decision. We will continue to offer free submissions for brief periods throughout the year. Periods of free submissions will be announced a month in advance via our submissions page and our social media accounts.

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We accept both fiction and creative nonfiction in this category. We like our prose to be under 4000 words. Please only send one piece at a time and wait for a response before sending another.

We now charge a small $3 (usd) submission fee to help us offset some of our costs, because our pockets have started to dwindle a bit the second half of the year. All fees go to help keep Likely Red Magazine afloat and for paying our contributors. 
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We accept poetry at no more than 100 lines. The poem will need a title. Submit up to 5 poems in the same file.

We now charge a small $3 (usd) submission fee to help us offset some of our costs, because our pockets have started to dwindle a bit the second half of the year. All fees go to help keep Likely Red Magazine afloat and for paying our contributors. 
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Submit up to 3 pieces (photographs, artworks, ext.) for us to consider.

We now charge a small $3 (usd) submission fee to help us offset some of our costs, because our pockets have started to dwindle a bit the second half of the year. All fees go to help keep Likely Red Magazine afloat and for paying our contributors.