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, an online literary journal (lit mag?) of prose, poetry, and literary stuff. We’ve 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 – Editor-in-Chief – Currently evaluating the past and wondering what the crap to do about the future. Has a BA in English from the University of Louisville. Needs his MFA soon so that he doesn’t continue to feel weird at literary readings. 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), the chapbooks Forgetting Aesop (Bandini Books, 2011), Naked Animal (Flutter Press, 2012), My Father Had a Daughter (Alabaster Leaves Publishing, 2013), Hatched from Bone (Flutter Press, 2014), On Coming of Age and Stitches (Origami Poems Project, 2014), On This and That (Bitterzoet Press, 2015), Strangest Sea (Porkbelly 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), Birds Never Sing in Caves (Dancing Girl Press, 2016), 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.

Marissa Woble – Submissions Reader – An Audiobook Proofreader, and spends her days listening to fiction and non-fiction across all genres. She holds a BA degree in English Literature and Linguistics from the University of Iceland. In her free time she‘s drinking coffee, writing, reading (there‘s never enough reading!), and playing with her dog, Pickles.

Damon McKinney – Submissions Reader – 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.

Ben Tucker – Submissions Reader – A writer and reader currently wandering the South. He earned his BA from the University of Mississippi, but he hopes you won’t hold that against him.

Former Editors & Readers

John Eric Davis
Brittanie Maccarone

Submissions And Opportunities

See our Submission Guidelines before submitting your work to us.

See our calls for opportunities to be one of our First Readers or Guest Editors.

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

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