What We Read, What We Publish
We read Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Flash Prose, Poetry, Visual Art, Young Adult Literature, and Literary Translation.
- We also curate Amuse-Bouche, a weekly content series, highlighting works of all genres.
- We award two prizes each magazine cycle as well: The Diana Woods Memorial Prize in Creative Nonfiction and the Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multilingual Texts.
Submitting to Lunch Ticket’s Next Issue
- Lunch Ticket’s Issue 23 comes out in June 2023.
- The submission window for Lunch Ticket’s Issue 23 is February 1st to March 1st.
- The submission window for translations for Lunch Ticket’s Issue 23 is February 1st to April 1st.
- The submission window for Amuse-Bouche and Visual Arts is February 1st to May 1st.
- Submitting to Lunch Ticket is always free.
- The age requirement for Lunch Ticket is currently 18 and older.
- We welcome multilingual submissions in all genres.
- Only submit once per genre, per submission window.
- Please submit only one work per submission, unless submitting to translation or visual art.
- All submissions at Lunch Ticket are anonymous. Please only submit work that has no identifying information in the document title, submission title, or the work itself.
- There is a 3,500 word limit for Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. (Any submission in any genre longer than 3,500 will not be read.)
- All genres have a submission cap of 300. (Submission windows will close on the date specified above or after this threshold is met.)
- Please submit work to us that is double-spaced, and in size 12 Times or Times New Roman font.
For all genres and contests, you will receive a selection notification by or before the end of November. For Amuse-Bouche, you will receive a selection notification certainly by the end of November, but more likely, much sooner.
We will contact you no matter the result of your submission.
Notes About Publication
If your piece is selected, Lunch Ticket retains the first North American serial rights to publish, produce, reproduce, distribute, and market your submission. 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.
We encourage submissions from Antioch University Alumni, if and only if two or more years have passed since their graduation. (Please see our “About” page for further opportunities for students and recent graduates.) We do not accept submissions from the AULA MFA program’s faculty or staff for publication in any section of the journal.
Literary Translation note: Please refer to standard Lunch Ticket guidelines for either poetry or prose. 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.
Thank you for your interest in submitting to Lunch Ticket! We look forward reviewing your submission(s).