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 fiction collection, Crushes. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Find him at ericshayhoward.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.

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

Ariana D. Den Bleyker (Editor) – Joe Russo (Guest Editor) – John Eric Davis (Photography) – Brittanie Maccarone (Submissions Reader)

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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