Photo credit: Klaus M on Flickr

Submissions

Book of Matches welcomes unsolicited work. We will consider only work that has not been published in print or appeared online previously in English. We accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you notify us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere; send an e-mail to bookofmatcheslitmag@gmail.com with the subject line “withdrawal.”

Submissions Period

  • We currently accept submissions here: bookofmatcheslitmag@gmail.com

  • We are accepting submissions year-round for the relevant genres listed below.

  • Please wait until you've heard from us regarding a submission before submitting additional work.

  • Book of Matches publishes three issues per year.

Guidelines

ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE IN THE EMAIL SUBJECT LINE ONLY THE FOLLOWING: AUTHOR'S LAST NAME: GENRE (Tingle: Poetry). INCLUDE IN THE BODY OF YOUR EMAIL A WORD COUNT FOR ALL PROSE SUBMISSIONS. ALSO, PLEASE INCLUDE A 50 WORD AUTHOR BIO AND YOUR PREFERRED EMAIL CONTACT ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL.

Poetry

We accept poetry submissions online here: bookofmatcheslitmag@gmail.com. Send no more than either three poems or six pages in Times New Roman 12-point font in a single document (.doc or .docx only please). As we read blind, please do not include any personal or identifying information in your submission document (such as your name).

Fiction and Nonfiction

We accept prose submissions online here: bookofmatcheslitmag@gmail.com 

For prose, submit one story or essay. (You may submit both a story and an essay if you wish; please submit them separately.) We rarely publish work that is longer than 2,100 words, though we will consider it if it makes us tingle. We do consider both micro fiction and micro creative-nonfiction (100-500 words).

Translation

We accept submissions of translations in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry online here: bookofmatcheslitmag@gmail.com.

Please submit only one translated story, essay, or poem set at a time. We request that each translation is accompanied by a statement indicating that the English translation rights are available as well as a copy of the original text.

ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE IN THE EMAIL SUBJECT LINE ONLY THE FOLLOWING: AUTHOR'S LAST NAME: GENRE (Tingle: Poetry). INCLUDE IN THE BODY OF YOUR EMAIL A WORD COUNT FOR ALL PROSE SUBMISSIONS. ALSO, PLEASE INCLUDE A 50 WORD AUTHOR BIO AND YOUR PREFERRED EMAIL CONTACT ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL.

Payment

Book of Matches is currently a non-paying journal; however, we do not charge for submissions either.

*Book of Matches holds exclusive first serial rights in English to publish your work in our literary journal in print, online, and/or electronic versions, as well as promotional, nonexclusive anthology and archival rights. All applicable rights revert back to you following publication, and at all times you retain the copyright to your work.* 

Join our mailing list

© 2020 Book of Matches Literary Journal