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 2022. Submissions will be open from February 1 to March 31. No fee is required for submissions to this issue.

The theme for this issue is Ebb/Flow, arrived at after Distances and Returns, booms and recessions, oscillations in data and the tides going in and out. In the light of recursive and reflexive storytellers, amid debated origins and uncertain endpoints, and in response to foggy predictions and timeworn adages—what’s past is prologue—Ebb/Flow questions narrative structure and its contours in shaping our lives. You may submit up to three poems, or one piece of short prose (fiction or nonfiction; all subgenres of prose are welcome) or up to three pieces of flash prose. All submissions must total no more than 3500 words. Please also include a cover letter that briefly explains how you see your work connecting to this 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 Note: work submitted without this information may be withdrawn.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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