Literary Journal

Update: After being broken for nearly a year, we’ve reopened for submissions as of 10/1/2020. For now, we are an editorial team of one. We are no longer a paying market, but now accept free submissions via email. We are still gathering submissions, but we’ll let you know when we are ready to announce a date for our next issue. The plan is to establish quarterly releases going forward.

Likely Red is currently open for submissions in prose and poetry for our online lit mag. We try to push the right buttons to nominate work for various literary awards, including The Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthology. We like prose up to 4000 words and poetry up to 100 lines.


The short version for all submissions is that submissions must be previously unpublished. We accept simultaneous submissions, but withdraw your submission if your work is accepted elsewhere. We require First North American Rights and archival rights for us to keep a copy of your work in our online archives. We also reserve the right to include your work in a future anthology. All other rights revert back to author upon publication.

We reserve the right to remove content from our website and press if any contributors demonstrate a public profile that goes against Likely Red Press’s commitment to equality, diversity, social justice, and safe spaces for writers of all backgrounds.

All submissions can be sent to

Please submit prose (fiction or creative nonfiction) of no more than 4,000 words, and poetry of no more than 100 lines. Please submit directly in the body of the email. No attachments, please.

Response Times

Give us 2 weeks, though we’re working hard to keep them even sooner. We encourage you to report our submission times to places like The Grinder and Duotrope.


Questions? Weird ones? Email the editor at

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