Literary Journal

Likely Red is open year-round for submissions in prose and poetry for our online literary journal. 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 pay $10 usd per accepted piece or series of micro prose and poetry for our online journal. Sometimes we have a theme. We like prose up to 4000 words and poetry up to 100 lines.

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. Winners receive a cash prize. The chapbook contest is currently closed. This contest opens for submissions on April 30th and ends June 30th. For 2018, the genre is fiction. More information is available here. (Update: We didn’t realize we were so popular. We apologize for the delays. We’re still reading through all the fabulous submissions as of September 14th, 2018. Thank you all for your support!)


The short version for all submissions is that submissions must be previously unpublished.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. 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.

For the chapbook contest, individual pieces may have been published previously, but the manuscript as a whole must be previously unpublished.

Other Projects

Any additional calls for submissions for themed collections, chapbooks, and anthologies will also be announced via our submission manager, Submittable.

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


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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.