Web Edition Submission Guidelines



Ninth Letter will be accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for a special online edition to be published at ninthletter.com in Summer 2019. Submissions will be open from February 10 to April 8.

The theme for this issue is OriginsWe all come from home, and our associations with those spaces range from the warm and secure to the distant or fearful. Then, as we grow, leave or stay, and move into the world around us, we see our homes from new or distant vantages. Localities grow and evolve, or wilt in a changing global economy. When our cities and homesteads don’t look the way we remember them, have we left those people and places behind, or were we bypassed in their rush into the future?

How do our origins transmogrify our explorations of the world? How does both a sense of belonging and detachment – to people, places, things, and the past – inform the decisions we make in our local but also our highly connected lives? Send us stories that explore and acknowledge the places and the people they leave behind – and those they always return to. Send poems that see history – both the memorable and the ugly – in locality, but also poems of disconnect and evolving place. Send nonfiction that responds to the quick constancy of global news, and its oft-invoked fear and uncertainty. But also send the essays that dissect their worlds and challenge worn nostalgias of home. Above all, send us your work that edifies, discovers, or disavows its origins

You may submit up to three poems, or one piece of short prose (fiction or nonfiction) of up to 3500 words; please also include a cover letter that briefly explains how you see your work connecting to the theme. Note: work submitted without this information may be withdrawn. Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf.
Submit your work for this special feature at ninthletteronline.submittable.com. Submissions sent via snail mail or submitted through our general submissions at ninthletter.com will not be considered for this issue. 
Please do not send multiple submissions or previously published work.
Authors whose work is selected for this special feature will receive a small honorarium ($25 per poem, $75 per story or essay) and a complimentary 2-­year subscription to Ninth Letter.

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