LandLocked seeks to publish diverse voices, including works by writers who are people of color, queer, transgender, disabled, indigenous, international, and/or underrepresented in literary magazines.

We do not accept previously published work. We accept and encourage simultaneous submissions, but please contact us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Please submit only once per reading period unless solicited by an editor. If you have been published in our journal, please wait at least one year from the time of publication to submit again. We do not accept submissions from anyone who’s attended the University of Kansas within the last five years. Please see specific genre requirements below before submitting. After reading the following guidelines, submit to our Submittable:

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Poetry Guidelines

We want your resistance, your speculative, and your surreal–poetry that enacts and creates motion. Send us your uninhibited work. We love found pieces, eco-poetics, works about displacement, and stories of how your body fits (or how it doesn’t) into the world. Imagism and hybrid genres, including experimental and visual works, lyric essays, and prose poems are all welcome. We’re okay with being left bewildered. We’re especially interested in celebrating underrepresented voices; tell us your truths. Please send 3–5 poems per submission with no more than 10 pages in total. Please submit only once per reading period.​

Fiction Guidelines

We want quality fiction that deploys sharp detail, unique and complex characters, beautiful language, and a memorable voice. We want stories of literary quality and encourage fantastic, speculative, and weird literature. Most importantly, though, we want submissions that tell an interesting, engrossing story that lingers with the reader long after it ends. ​Send us your most imaginative and challenging writing in ​4,000 words or less. We also encourage flash fiction of 1,000 words or less. Please submit only one once per reading period.

Nonfiction Guidelines

We love being challenged and surprised, both in content and in form. We are looking for pieces that push us to see through a particular lens and experience otherwise underrepresented perspectives. We are especially drawn to pieces that challenge the boundaries of the genre, incorporate fictional and poetic elements, and make us question how “creative” nonfiction can be. As far as length, we prefer under 4,000 words. Please submit only one once per reading period.

Art Guidelines

If you feel like your art fits our journal’s mission, submit 1-5 full-color images via our submission manager.  We want images that compel us to action, art that makes the page feel alive and writhing. Please make all image submissions .jpg and as high-quality as possible. Submitted art may have previously been recognized for an award, but should not be previously published.  Please submit only one once per reading period.

Rights

By submitting your work to LandLocked, you confirm that you hold full copyright on all work submitted and agree to allow LandLocked print and distribution rights for both print and online publication. All rights to the piece(s) revert to the authors and artists upon publication, although we kindly request that you credit LandLocked as the initial publisher should the piece(s) be reprinted elsewhere. You also permit the editors of LandLocked to edit your work, within reason. Authors and artists will be contacted regarding edits prior to publication.

Unfortunately we currently cannot offer payment, but we hope to in the future! We look forward to promoting your work.