Submissions

The Literary Bohemian is a journal of journeys. We publish first-class writing and visual art that transports the reader to Elsewhere.

Please send your previously unpublished poetry, prose & visual poetry inspired by real or imagined places.

Poetry – up to five poems, no more than 100 lines each

Postcard Prose – up to three pieces, no more than 350 words each

Visual Poetry / Prose – up to three visual pieces — art haiku, concrete, collage, erasure, anything creative & home-grown that evokes a particular place

Our editorial process

Thank you for entrusting us with your work. We judge with a blind eye. So please – no identifying marks on your uploaded submission. To ensure fairness we assign at least two editors to your work. PLEASE NOTE: We will temporarily close submissions on August 31st so readers can properly attend to the hundreds of submissions we’ve received. We will re-open submissions again soon with an announcement here and on FB and Instagram.

Our turnaround time can take anywhere from a few weeks to up to three months. Please include a short (up to 150 words) third-person bio to share where you’ve been and where you’d love to go. We also welcome a list of up to five online or print publications where we can find your work.

Simultaneous submissions are fine – we can’t blame you for trying your luck in multiple places. However, please withdraw your work immediately through Submittable if it’s been accepted elsewhere.

Multiple submissions are not okay. Please wait for an answer before sending us more work. If you have had work accepted this year, please wait a year until submitting again.

Our fine print

When you submit to The Literary Bohemian you agree to the following:

  1. This submission is your original, previously unpublished work. It does not appear on any publicly accessible printed or online medium.
  2. The Literary Bohemian has first rights to work submitted, which will revert to you, the author, immediately upon publication. If your work will be published elsewhere, please credit The Literary Bohemian as the journal where your work first appeared.
  3. The Literary Bohemian has nonexclusive rights to publish and use your work, in whole or in part, by electronic means without limitation over the internet, and will archive your work indefinitely.
  4. The Literary Bohemian will promote your work on Facebook & Instagram, as well as nominate your work for Best New Poets, Best of the Net, The Pushcart Prize, Verse Daily, and other awards and anthologies.
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