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 2020.  Submissions will be open from September 1 to November 3.
The theme for this issue is Borderlessness. Are borders real or imagined? Do they keep us in or keep us out? Are they just lines on a map or unscalable walls? Real or not, borders impact, separate, and join what lies on either side. What do borders mean to you? What happens when they blur? Show us your work that erases those lines, that tunnels under walls, that sees the joined world from a bird’s eye perspective where there are no edges. Show us your work,borderless.
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 Note: work submitted without this information may be withdrawn.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.
Please also note that this theme will concern both *content* related to borderlessness—that is, pieces that are about borderlessness, in the various meanings of the word—as well as *form*--which is to say, pieces that enact the theme by blurring, experimenting, and breaking down the walls between genres. Below you’ll find four separate categories to submit to: Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Borderless.
For submissions that approach the theme from a content perspective, please submit in the appropriate genre section—Poetry, Fiction, or Nonfiction. For submissions that approach the theme from a form perspective, including cross genre and hybrid work, please submit to the Borderless section.
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, $50 per hybrid/uncategorized genre piece) and a complimentary 2-­year subscription to Ninth Letter.

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