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Featured Writer: Thammika Songkaeo


 

Summer 2022 Web Edition Now Available!

Featuring new work from Hannah Kezia Agustin, Jack Barker-Clark, Emily W. Blacker, Christian Bodney, Bethany F. Brengan, Brandon Butcher, Edith Lidia Clare, Satya Dash, CD Eskilson, Dina Folgia, Kevin Grauke, Talia Isaacson, Wendy Oleson, Andrew Wildermuth

PRINT EDITION GENERAL GUIDELINES

Ninth Letter is currently open for submissions to our print edition until Feb 28, 2023.

We accept electronic submissions via Submittable

Please note our fee schedule as follows:

September and October: $3.00 per submission

November and December: no submission fee required

January and February: $3.00 per submission

Ninth Letter is published semi-annually in print at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. We are interested in prose and poetry that experiment with form, narrative, and nontraditional subject matter, as well as more traditional literary work. To make life easier for everyone, including yourself, please adhere to the following guidelines when submitting your work to Ninth Letter:

For poetry, submit 3-6 poems (max. 10 pages) at a time. For fiction and nonfiction, please send only one story or one essay at a time, or up to 3 pieces of flash prose, up to 8,000 words.

Please do not send a second submission until you have received a response to the first. We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as they are identified as such in a cover letter. Please withdraw your submission immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

We do not accept submissions by email attachment—email submissions will not be read.

USPS submissions should be addressed to Fiction Editor, Poetry Editor, or Nonfiction Editor:
Ninth Letter
University of Illinois Department of English
608 South Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Please include your name and contact information on the first page of your manuscript; cover letters are optional. All mailed submissions must include an SASE for reply; we recommend a stamped business-sized envelope. If you wish to have your manuscript returned, you must include adequate postage and a properly sized envelope, and indicate such in your cover letter. We will recycle all unreturned manuscripts.

You should hear from us regarding your submission within 16 weeks; if you haven't heard from us in that time you are welcome to query about the status of your manuscript at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We can only review two submissions per author per reading period; if you have submitted twice before the end of the reading period, please do not submit again unless solicited to do so by an editor.

Ninth Letter purchases first North American print publication rights only; all other rights are retained by the author. For material accepted to our print edition, Ninth Letter pays $25 per printed page, with a maximum payment of $150, as well as two complimentary copies of the issue in which the work appears. Writers will be sent contracts upon acceptance of their work, and will receive page proofs prior to publication; payment will be issued upon publication of the work. Ninth Letter publishes one print issue in the spring and one in the fall.

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Announcing the Winners of our 2022 Literary Awards!


We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2022 Literary Awards:

Poetry: Rose Zinnia, for “Constituting Mayhem (Derealized in the CVS),” “Look (Nonbinary),” “God Wifi Earth Ong (Nonbinary),”  “Ancient Wind, Empty Skyscraper, Golden Bear (Nonbinary)” 

Creative Nonfiction: Jodie Noel Vinson, for "Self-portrait after Covid-19"

Fiction: Carly Rae Zent, for “The Girl Boss” 

More information about our winners and honorable mentions can be found here

Now Available! Spring/Summer 2022


Featuring new work from: Kelli Russell Agodon, Chelsea B. DesAutels, Rachel Richardson, Joshua Harmon, Ted McLoof, Bill Smoot, and more! Plus two special literary folios: Seriality, Sexuality, Semiotics: Poems Responding to the Photography of Hal Fischer; and In Time Bloom: Selected Writings from the Education Justice Project

 

 

Featured Writer: Kathleen Rooney


 

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