We are a literary, artsy, for-shits-and-giggles, and sometimes for reals small press in Louisville, KY. 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. Find him at ericshayhoward.com.

John Eric Davis – Photography Editor – Works a lot. Has a BA in Psychology from Western Kentucky University and an MS in Social Work from the University of Louisville. His work has appeared in online magazines and in a Sparks group showing.

Brittanie Maccarone – First Reader – Runs an online resource for new writers, itstartswithpageone.com. Has a BA in Psychology, but fell (back) in love with writing instead. Her work has appeared locally and in Longshot Island.

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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