Writers and artists must be between 13-19 years of age to submit.
First time submitting to a literary journal? We have some tips and tricks here to help you understand the process.
Currently, we are accepting general submissions, pitches for our features section, and entries to our Hips Contest.
Send one prose piece (fiction or creative nonfiction) with a maximum of 2,500 words or up to three poems in a single submission. If you’re unsure which genre your piece would be considered, use your best judgment! We love experimental, hybrid works, as well as traditionally literary pieces. Whatever you write, write it well, then send it our way!
Email all submissions to email@example.com with the subject line [YOUR NAME - GENRE]. As an example: [T. S. ELIOT - POETRY]. Genres include poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid. Please write a short cover letter including your name, age, and a third-person biography ready to be published alongside your work if accepted. Biographies may include previous publications, fun facts about yourself, and any other information you find appropriate, but should be short.
Attach your writing as a Word file, PDF, or Google Doc only. Please do not put your writing in the body of the email. Please do not send us Pages files. We cannot open them. Please format manuscripts in 12 pt. Times New Roman. Prose submissions can be single or double spaced. Poetry submissions should be single spaced unless you have a specific reason to space them differently. We strongly recommend you orient poems on the left of the page, not centered, unless the formatting is integral to your piece. Submissions that do not follow these formatting guidelines have a much higher chance of being rejected.
You may simultaneously submit in more than one category (i.e. one poetry and one fiction submission), but please do not send more than one submission within the same genre until you’ve heard back on your first submission. We’re timely, we promise. Please do not send pieces you’ve submitted previously, even if editing changes have been made, unless we have expressly invited you to resubmit. If we rejected a piece once, we’ll likely reject it again. Please send us new, fresh work.
Body Without Organs accepts only work that is previously unpublished in an online literary journal. This means that we will consider: writing that has appeared on a personal blog or social media site; writing that has appeared in a school or college publication; writing that has appeared on a platform like Wattpad; writing that has been published by a print-only literary journal; or writing that is entirely unpublished. We ask that you do not send us writing that has been published by any other online literary magazine or writing that has been included in a (traditionally or self-) published collection as a general submission. We will accept reprints for our features section only, more information about which can be found below. We ask that you expressly tell us the publication history of your piece(s) when querying for a feature.
Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please notify us as soon as possible if your piece is accepted elsewhere. We will appreciate if you include a note in your original email that you have submitted your piece(s) elsewhere so we know in advance. This will not affect how your work is considered.
Artists can submit pieces created in any medium, including but not limited to painting, drawing, digital editing, photography, sculpture, and short film. We are also actively seeking multimedia works including collages, image-text pieces, songs, spoken word, and more. Send us an email if you’re working on a unique project and want to know if we can consider it.
Please send individual photographs of your pieces as either JPEG or PNG files to firstname.lastname@example.org. For moving artwork, send us MOV or MP4 files. If your work necessitates a different file type, please send us an email ahead of time so we can work with you to find a way that we can access your submission.
Please include a maximum of five pieces for consideration. In addition to your work, please also include your name, age, a title for each of your individual pieces, and a short third-person biography.
For works that make use of a reference photo or background image (including painting, drawing, or digital editing), please ensure the photograph you’re using is either your original work or in the public domain. Obtaining the proper permission to publish and reproduce work lies with the artist at all times. Any intellectual property disputes or copyright claims are the responsibility of the individual artist and Body Without Organs assumes no liability. This is true also for writing submissions.
For works that include models, please submit either self-portraits or use models aged 18+ (for privacy reasons). Please do not submit work of famous celebrities. We are flexible on certain elements of this so long as you explain the exact situation of your piece and have obtained the proper permissions.
Interested in discussing your work with us? Send us your writing, art, or mixed media submissions with the subject line [YOUR NAME - FEATURE]. Please also include a short résumé or CV. Our features section includes mainly interviews, but we will consider pitches for book reviews, guest articles/playlists, or other projects you’re pursuing.
Writers and artists published in Body Without Organs retain all rights to their work. In submitting to Body Without Organs, you permit us nonexclusive rights to publish your work and archive it online indefinitely. If your work is later reprinted elsewhere, we politely ask that you acknowledge Body Without Organs as its first site of publication (as is industry standard!). Body Without Organs does not currently pay contributors, but if it makes you feel better, we don’t get paid either. This is a love-full, money-free endeavor.
We look forward to seeing your work!