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 2018.  Submissions will be open from January 22 to March 31.

The theme for this issue is climate. Subjected to climate change both in our localities and at a distance, how does our literature recognize and respond? Snow in Saudi Arabia. Bleached coral reefs. Bomb cyclones and a weakened polar vortex. Drought and unprecedented wildfire. Longer hurricane seasons. We hear this all around us, but what does it mean to you?

Send us stories that are witness to high water levels, that try to save a crop in a late frost, that sweat out a prolonged heatwave in the city. But send us also the stories that witness these changes through the mediums of interconnectivity as well as the lenses of distance and disconnect. We want poems that elegize the rhythms of climate, but also poems that break the expected forms into trend-defying fragments. We want lyrical essays that map internal landscapes and personal storms of transformation. But also narrative essays that investigate the disproportionate effects on underrepresented communities. We want the local stories and global perspectives, and the data sets through the lenses of personal meditation. We want images of erosion, witness to the forgotten, and new sources of power. Send us your internal storms, cleansing fire, and erratic seasons."

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 Note: work submitted without this information may be withdrawn.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.

You may submit simultaneously to Ninth Letter's print and online editions, but please do not send multiple submissions to the same edition. We do not consider previously published work. Simultaneous submissions to other journals are okay as long as they are identified as such in a cover letter and withdrawn immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. 

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. Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as they are identified as such in a cover letter and withdrawn immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.


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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