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 2021.  Submissions will be open from January 25 to April 5. No fee is required for submissions to this issue.

The theme for this issue is Distanced. What forces push us apart? What choices made, or not, put distance between us and our loved ones and places? Send us your distanced pandemic stories, poetry and essays, but also those pieces that deal with other separations. We want the topical as well as the unexpected, and distances both great and small: the strained conversations of both mask wearers and exes; families seen weekly on video calls and long-lost relations; digital art gallery tours and moon rovers; dogs on leads and dogs in head cones. What keeps things distanced, no matter the distance?

You may submit up to three poems, or one piece of short prose (fiction or nonfiction) of up to 3500 words; you may also submit up to three pieces of flash prose totaling no more than 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 Note: work submitted without this information may be withdrawn.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. 

Submissions sent via snail mail or submitted through our print edition general submissions forms 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. Please withdraw your submission 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





This project is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council

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