We are a literary, artsy, for-shits-and-giggles, and sometimes for reals small press. We launched online in the spring of 2017 out of fear, selfishness, and with an identity crisis. To be honest, we really don’t know what the hell we’re doing. We try to push the right buttons to nominate some of our contributors for literary awards such as The Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. You can view our list of annual nominations here.

What We Publish

We publish Likely Red Magazine, an online literary journal (lit mag?) of prose, poetry, and literary stuff. We publish The Fancy Arm Hole, a yearly serial print and digital literary series. We’ve recently transitioned into a small press and also publish chapbooks and short collections of prose and poetry throughout the year. Beginning in 2018, we hold an annual Likely Fiction/Poetry Chapbook contest.


Eric Shay Howard – Founder & Editor-in-Chief – He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Louisville. He’s the author of the forthcoming fiction collection, Crushes. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Find him at ericshayhoward.com.

Ariana D. Den Bleyker – Editor – A Pittsburgh native currently residing in New York’s Hudson Valley where she is a wife and mother of two. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with her family and every once in a while sleeps. She is the author of three collections, including Wayward Lines (RawArt Press, 2015) and many chapbooks, including My Father Had a Daughter (Alabaster Leaves Publishing, 2013), On This and That (Bitterzoet Press, 2015), Beautiful Wreckage (Flutter Press, 2015), Unsent (Origami Poems Project, 2015), The Peace of Wild Things (Porkbelly Press, 2015), Knee Deep in Bone (Hermeneutic Chaos Press, 2015), Cutting Eyes from Ghosts (Blood Pudding Press, 2017), Even the Statue Weeps (Dancing Girl Press, forthcoming 2019), and Scars are Memories Bleeding Through (Yavanika Press, forthcoming 2019). Her prose includes the novelette Finger : Knuckle : Palm (LucidPlay Publishing, 2014), an experimental memoir, prosthesis (Lummox Press, 2014), and the crime novellas, Dark Water (Fahrenheit 13, 2015) and Red Hands (Fahrenheit 13, forthcoming 2018). She hopes you’ll fall in love with her words. Find her at arianaddenbleyker.com

Damon McKinney – Associate Editor – A graduate of The University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has a B.A. in English with a minor in Creative Writing. His work has appeared in JMWW, Equinox, and Likely Red Press’s own Fancy Arm Hole Series. He currently resides in Jonesboro Arkansas where he spends his time working on a short story collection and working for the Postal Service.

Guest Editors

Joe Russo


Ben Tucker – Marissa Woble – John Eric Davis – Brittanie Maccarone

Submissions And Opportunities

See our Submission Guidelines before submitting your work to us.

Contact us via email at editor [at] likelyred [dot] com with any business inquires.

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