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 Winter 2022.  Submissions will be open from September 1 to November 1No fee is required for submissions to this issue.

The theme for this issue is ConstellationsThe nightsky stars themselves are not arranged in patterns and shapes and mythological beasts–it is the observer who sees the connections, draws the lines, and makes the picture. What is a constellation, then, but independences transformed into a larger vision when unseen connections are realized and imagined into being?
With this theme, we hope our writers will explore the invisible ways disparate things connect if we observe, notice, hope, and imagine new relationships between them. Imagine: Small pictures in a photo mosaic that, from afar, turn into a single large one. Community. The way separate trees are secretly whispering in their own tongue to one another through fluids and root fibers just a little underground.
We seek work that makes connections we can’t see—constellations—out of things we wouldn't expect or anticipate—things we think are separate--and we seek writers who can draw those lines for us so we can learn to see them differently, or realize what was there all along.
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 Note: work submitted without this information may be withdrawn.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.
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.
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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