General Guidelines 

We are currently open for submissions to Issue 1 until November 20 (currently only accepting visual art). Please direct all submissions towards readsubliminal@gmail.com with the subject line SUBMIT - [NAME], [GENRE]. Unless solicited, we ask that all work be previously unpublished; we do not consider work published on social media or personal blogs to be previously published. We love cover letters, but we understand if you don't. However, please attach a short third-person biography with your submission.

Simultaneous submissions are both accepted and encouraged, but if your work is accepted elsewhere, please let us know! If your work is rejected, we ask that you wait until the next reading period to submit, unless unless we explicitly request to see more of your work. If your work is accepted, we ask that you wait one reading period before submitting again (e.g. if you are published in Issue 1, please wait until Issue 3 to submit again).

If you would like to receive feedback on your submission, please mention it in your email or cover letter, as well as which pieces you would like feedback for. Please check the genre guidelines below for more information.

Upon acceptance, we ask that you grant [sub]liminal first North American publishing rights. All rights return to the writer after publication, but we ask that [sub]liminal is credited if your work is reprinted or republished.

We accept all forms and genres of art, and some general guidelines are listed below. As a rule, we do not tolerate and reserve the right to ignore work that contains racism, homophobia, NSFW (not safe for work), etc. content. Currently, we hope to respond to art submissions in a week, and writing submissions with feedback in two weeks. For submissions requesting no feedback, we hope to respond within three days, but please bear with us. After a month has passed, feel free to query.

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Please send at most two poems in a single Word (.docx) file. There is no line or page limit. If your poem has unconventional formatting, feel free to send as a .pdf file, as well.

We are willing to provide feedback for all poems that are submitted, if requested.


Please send at most three pieces, under 3,000 words total, of fiction or nonfiction, and place each new piece in a separate document.

In order to get back to submitters in a timely manner, we will provide feedback on only one piece - please let us know which one you would like considered for feedback in your cover letter.

Visual Art and Photography 

Please send at most five pieces of visual art as .jpg or .png attachments. Please include a short paragraph about your inspiration and meaning behind each piece.

We are willing to provide feedback for all artworks that are submitted, if requested.

If you wish to submit art that doesn't quite fit into any of these genres, such as sculpture or design, please reach out and we'll work with you. Hybrid forms, such as prose poetry, are also welcomed and appreciated.

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