Submission Guidelines and General Policies

Welcome to Literally Literary. Isn’t that just fun to say? Now say it 10 times fast. Yup, definitely fun. We are always happy to have lovely writers share with us, so here are the guidelines.

How to submit:
  • If you are not yet a writer for Literally Literary and you wish to submit a piece of work to us, please fill out this form:
  • Literally Literary only accepts drafts at this time (with exceptions made on a case by case basis). This benefits both LL and our writers since including already published works means your pieces will never hit the front page of Literally Literary since the original published date remains. This also means that when someone looks at a listing of stories on Literally Literary, your piece will never be close to the top. We believe every piece we publish should have an equal opportunity to be seen.

If you wish to submit writing that you have already published, yourself, on Medium, and it only has a few recommends and no comments (or if you don’t care about the comments), simply cut and paste it to a NEW DRAFT, submit it to LL, and then delete the old one.

There are certainly exceptions that will be made. I don’t want anyone with a highly recommended piece with valuable comments to just lose all of that, we can just no longer accept already published works as a regular thing.

  • If you are already a writer for Literally Literary with a draft, click the “…” next to Publish, then choose “Submit to publication.” You should see us as an option.
  • We can’t always publish immediately. As a matter of fact, we usually don’t. If you submitted something at 1 o’clock and are asking us about it at 3 o’clock, you’re a knucklehead. Stop it. 😁 If your piece has been sitting with us less than 1 week, you have nothing to worry about. If it’s been with us over a week, please feel free to contact us about it.
  • If you submit more than one piece for publication, they will be published on different days to allow readers to enjoy each piece. Please be patient.
  • We can only publish so many pieces per publishing day, usually around 10 (though this can vary a bit as the need arises), which means not everything in our queue will be published on a given day.
General Policies:
  • Rule Numero Uno, the big one:
    Absolutely, under no circumstances, will there ever be published racism, sexism of any sort, gossip, bashing, hate speak, or any other ism that’s escaped the list. You will not be published, and you will be blocked. I am a lover of free speech, not a lover of hate.
  • The first tag has to correlate with the correct navigation tab (Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, or Prompts).
  • The second tag needs to be Literally Literary, the rest are whatever you want.
  • Each post must have an image to follow the layout on the main pages if possible. These should be credited to the photographer or open domain.

This means that not only does the source need to be stated, but it also needs to have a link to that source. It’s quite easy, for example, when I (Heath) include images I usually just type the license type (CC0 (creative commons public domain/no rights reserved) which is, conveniently, what covers almost any artwork earlier than 1930 or so; CC-BY 2.0 (creative commons generic attribution/copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format/remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially/you must give appropriate credit); more here), and then link that to the image’s page. In this way I display the license under which I use the image and a link back to it, if there is any question. This is, of course, not the only way to do it, just a quick, simple, and perfectly acceptable style.

Here is an example.

If you need help with easily locating “free to use” images, here is one simple method:

  • Then click “Usage rights” and select “Labeled for reuse”

Nearly anything that it shows should be usable without hindrance. Two exceptions are images found on Pinterest and Images obtained from Pinterest are not acceptable as they only show up free to use because the person pinning them doesn’t have a license on the image, but they are still most often licensed images that have been used, unethically, by the Pinterest user. If the image appears elsewhere on a Creative Commons site, you’re good to go, but any images attributed solely to “Pinterest” will not be accepted. steals images, sometimes whole pages, and behaves in general like malware whenever you click anything on their site. Heath wrote a great piece about why you should avoid them at all costs here:

The bottom line being? Just say “No” to Maxpixel’s tyranny. We do.

Once you’ve found an image you want to use you must include a link to the image in your piece, either somewhere in the body, or, preferably, right under the image.

If it is your own image, please indicate that.

Submissions failing this will be delayed and we will request you correct it.

If this interferes with stylistic elements of your writing, please let us know and we’ll see if we can work with you. In no way do we ever wish to compromise an artist’s vision of their work.

Welcome, share, love, create.

Your Editors,
Jessica and Heath