Literary Journal

Likely Red is open year-round for submissions in prose and poetry for our online literary journal. 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. We try to push the right buttons to nominate work for various literary awards, including The Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthology.

Chapbook Contest

We are transitioning into a small press and have our very own Likely Fiction/Poetry Chapbook Contest, alternating each year between fiction and poetry. This contest opens for submissions on April 30th and ends June 30th. For 2018, the genre is fiction.


The short version for all submissions for our journal and our chapbook contest is that submissions must be previously unpublished. We accept simultaneous submissions, but withdraw your submission if your work is accepted elsewhere. Submission response time is currently around 3 months. All rights revert back to author upon publication. All submissions must be sent using Submittable. We no longer respond to emailed submissions.

Complete guidelines are available via our Submittable page, linked below.


Thank you so much for your support of Likely Red.

Questions? Weird ones? Email the editor at Editor [at] LikelyRed [dot] com.

Interested in becoming a First Reader or a Guest Editor for an upcoming issue? Check our Opportunities page.

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