Lunch Ticket is the online literary and art journal published by the MFA community of Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA), a program devoted to the education of literary artists, community engagement, and the pursuit of social justice. Although the editors of Lunch Ticket share the AULA MFA program’s mission and values, our commitment is to publish the best literary writing and visual art, regardless of subject matter or theme.
Lunch Ticket publishes its main issues twice-yearly, in June and December. Our reading periods for Lunch Ticket are February 1 to April 30 and August 1 to October 31. We are proud to host two prizes, the Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction and The Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multilingual Texts. Both prizes are open for submissions in February and August.
Throughout the year, every other week, our “Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight” series showcases individual writers or artists, and accepts literary submissions during January and July; art submissions are reviewed during the main Lunch Ticket review periods.
Lunch Ticket and Amuse-Bouche both publish Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Flash Prose (any genre), Young Adult (13+), Literary Translation & Multilingual Texts, and Visual Art (painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, mixed-media, graphic narratives, and other 2D work).
We encourage submissions from AULA’s alumni, however, AULA’s MFA graduates must be out of the program for at least two years in order to submit for publication in Lunch Ticket. The “Amuse-Bouche: Writers Read” series, which alternates every week with the “Spotlight” series, publishes craft-based book reviews. For this section only, we accept submissions from current AULA MFA students and alumni. We do not accept submissions from the AULA MFA program’s faculty or staff for publication in any section of the journal.
If accepted for publication, Lunch Ticket retains the first North American serial rights of the work to publish, produce, reproduce, distribute, and market. All other, remaining rights revert to the author upon publication. If the work is published again, we ask for a credit line to indicate that the work first appeared in Lunch Ticket.
Please read the genre-specific guidelines before submitting to Lunch Ticket. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will be automatically rejected without being read. If the guidelines are not visible on the “Submit to Lunch Ticket” button below, we are not currently reviewing submissions.
Translation note: Please refer to standard Lunch Ticket guidelines for either poetry or prose, and include the original work along with your translation. For translation submissions, your submission should include the original work along with your translation. We also require a statement that grants us permission to publish both the original work and the translation online, and that certifies that you have received permission from the original rights holder (either the publisher or the author, as applicable) to grant us such rights.
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