Lunch Ticket is a twice-yearly literary and art journal published by the MFA community of Antioch University Los Angeles, 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 Antioch 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-April 30 and August 1-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, “Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight” 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, performance, and video).
We encourage submissions from Antioch’s alumni, however, Antioch’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 “Spotlight,” 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 the electronic version of the Work in Publication. All other remaining rights revert to the Author upon publication. The Author agrees to refrain from selling or giving rights to another publication for one year from the date of this agreement and contract.
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. Copyright for work in translation accepted to Lunch Ticket rests with the contributor, and any accepted work that the translator does not have permissions for cannot be published. The responsibility for clearing rights and permissions for the translated works, and the payment of any related fees, lies with the translator. Be aware that copyright law varies from country to country and that it can take time to clear permissions. Bear in mind, when seeking permissions, that if your translation is accepted for publication, the work will be accessible online to our digital subscribers, and published on the Lunch Ticket website. Permissions should cover electronic versions of the magazine and digital reproduction. If you are unsure whether or not you have obtained the correct permissions, we suggest you contact ALTA, or use their resources to ensure that you are in compliance with our requirements for publication.
- Original, multilingual work may be submitted under the translation category; if this describes your work, please indicate this clearly in your cover letter, as the permissions requirements for your submission will be different.
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