Updated Submission Guidelines and General Policies

February 19, 2019

Kate Linkner

February 19, 2019

Welcome to Literally Literary. We are a publication that has been around for a number of years but we are now revamping ourselves. With a following of almost 24 000 people, you are welcome and we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us, so here are the submission 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:

So, what happens after I fill out that form?

The contents of that form get emailed to Heath ዟ (the other editors also have acess but he manages this for the most part). He looks over the contents and then he will either add you as a writer, or your application will be rejected. In most cases, a rejection will be accompanied by an attempt at contacting you, if the new writer submission data shows a lack of having put effort into following the guidelines, there will likely be no response.
*Please note that you can’t submit the new writer form without checking a box saying that you read the guidelines.*
Once added as a writer, you can submit drafts and stories. The instructions for this process are below. Please read them if you have not already done so. Then, our editors get to work.
Your example draft that you linked in the new writer submission form does not automatically get published! That form is not a part of Medium and gives us no special permission to publish your draft to Medium on your behalf. It is there so we can get an idea of how/what you write. Once you are added as a writer, you will have to submit your draft/story to us through Medium.
In summary: You fill out the form. We’ll assume you are added as a writer. If we add you as a writer you will get an alert. You submit a piece to be published through Medium, to Literally Literary (instructions below). Easy peasy.

  • Literally Literary now accepts both drafts and previously published works as long as those pieces are not published concurrently in another Medium publication. If we find that we are hosting a piece also hosted in another publication, we will remove it from Literally Literary.
  • Please note that if you submit an already published work (not in draft form), it will appear in the order it was originally published and therefore may not appear at the front of the page like new drafts do.
  • If you are already a writer for Literally Literary with a draft, click the “…” next to Publish, then choose ‘Add to publication’. You should see us as an option.
  • If you are already a writer for Literally Literary with an already published story (that is not in another Medium publication), scroll to the bottom and click the “…” and select Add story to publication.
  • We can’t always publish immediately. We are working to quicken the response time. Please feel free to contact us if you haven’t seen your story published in a few days.
  • Yes, we absolutely do publish stories locked for Medium members.
General Policies:
  • Rule Numero Uno, the big one:
    Absolutely, under no circumstances, will we publish pieces focused on racism, sexism, politics, proselytizing, or those that are gratuitouslyoffensive.
  • The first tag has to correlate with the correct navigation tab (Poetry,Fiction, Non-Fiction, or Prompts). This is for your benefit, as much as ours, as lacking a tag that corresponds to this can cause your piece to land in limbo (blame Medium).
  • 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.


Nearly anything that it shows should be usable without hindrance. Two exceptions are images found on Pinterest and Maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com. Images obtained from Pinterest are not acceptable. 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.

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.

We will work with you in creating a wonderful piece.

Welcome — share, love, create.

Your Editors,
Heath ዟ
Indira Reddy
Anna Rozwadowska