We publish fiction on a rolling basis and routinely feature new stories on our front page. For fiction, we only rarely publish stories longer than 4,000 words. We do not currently publish translations.

Upon publication, all rights revert to the writer. Please submit a single .doc, .docx, or .rtf file titled with your last name and the genre, such as CHOU_FICTION.doc. 

General Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in District Lit. We publish poetry, prose, and art on a rolling basis. Founded in 2011, our mission is publishing the best work from new and emerging writers, complemented by interviews with diverse visual artists. Our vision is an online community in which we present the stories that writers want to tell and that readers want to read. We are here to publish writing that smashes down the borders we use to district our lives, and we hope you find something that changes your world.

We do not accept e-mail submissions; all work must be submitted through Submittable. Submissions that are emailed to any of our editors will not be read. Submit your best and submit often. We’re excited about your work!

Simultaneous Submissions

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Those wishing to remove individual pieces but not entire submissions should let us know through a note on Submittable; you can leave a note by clicking on your submission and clicking “Activity.”

We try to respond to submissions efficiently. Please wait thirty days to query us at Editor@DistrictLit.com.

Previously Published Work

We do not accept previously published works, including those published on the Internet. Upon publication, all rights revert to the author or artist.

Waiting Period for Resubmission

Please wait at least six months after our response in order to submit again. If you submit your work before the six-month waiting period has elapsed, we will not read the submission, and we are unable to refund "Tip Jar" fees for submissions that do not follow this guideline.

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