What We Are
Beginning as a free print pamphlet featuring just one short story, then a pocket-sized monthly magazine(still free) with a handful of short stories and the occasional spot of nonfiction and poetry. It was published for the reading pleasure of London commuters.
They've been publishing literary features online since 2008, but since May this year they have been developing further as a full-fledged online platform for non-themed fiction and literary non fiction, as well a place for readers, writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature, arts and culture through features, reviews, columns and interviews.
You can submit your work to any of their platforms: Litro Magazine, Litro Online, or their podcast, Litro Lab. Please read the guidelines carefully.
Please note that it may take then up to three months to accept or reject your submission. If you haven’t heard from them, you can assume they’re still considering your work.
Any questions? Contact Dan Coxon.
What they accept:
For their print magazine, they only accept short fiction, flash/micro fiction, nonfiction (memoir, literary journalism, travel narratives, etc), and original artwork (photographs, illustrations, paintings, etc) based on the designated monthly theme. Works translated into English are also welcome.
What they don’t accept:
They do publish poetry and novel extracts, but not on an unsolicited basis, so please do not submit any poetry or novel extracts to us—they won't be read.
Shakespeare (April 2014) - Submit here.
Augmented Reality (May 2014) - Submit here.
Somewhere Between The Borders (June 2014) - Submit here.
Music (July 2014) - Submit here.
No Such Luck (August 2014) - Submit here.
Fashion (September 2014) - Submit here.
Horror (October 2014) - Submit here.
Diaries (November 2014) - Submit here.
All submitted work must be your own.
Submitted work must not have been previously published—either in print or online. You can submit the same piece to other publications at the same time, but we ask that you withdraw your submission from Litro immediately when it is accepted elsewhere. We do, however, publish original translations if the work has previously appeared in another language.
Due to print space restrictions, each piece should be about 3,000 words, give or take a little. This is a guideline, not an absolute limit; and inexceptional cases, we will take longer pieces, but in any case no longer than 5,000 words.
Due to the volume of submissions they receive, please submit only one piece per theme. Additional submissions will unfortunately not be considered. You can submit stories for different themes simultaneously, though they do add that if they choose one story for a particular issue, they will not normally run another story by the same writer for at least a year after. This is to allow room for new authors coming through.
Terms & Conditions:
The Author must grant Litro the exclusive license to publish the English language Work, in print, audio and electronic form, throughout the world. The Author retains the right to publish the Work in a book length collection of the Author’s works, or as part of a volume from which the Work is an extract.
For our full terms and conditions click here.