Submission Guidelines

What We Read, What We Publish

Submitting to Lunch Ticket’s Next Issue

  • Lunch Ticket’s 19th Issue comes out in June of 2021. 
  • The submission window for Lunch Ticket’s 19th issue is January 1st to January 30th. 
  • The submission window for Amuse Bouche is February 1st to February 28th. 
  • Submitting to Lunch Ticket is always free. 
  • There is no age requirement to submit to our magazine. Submissions from individuals younger than 18 are acceptable and encouraged.
  • We welcome multilingual submissions in all genres.

Elizabeth Eve King, RR in Sienna

Ralph & Rita in Sienna, 36″x24″

Submission Guidelines

  • Only submit once per genre, per submission window.
  • Please submit only one work per submission, unless submitting to translation or visual art. 
  • There is a 3500 word limit for Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. (Any submission in any genre longer than 3500 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.)
  • Beginning January 2021, each genre will have a theme. Please make sure that any work submitted aligns in some way with that genre’s theme. Work that does not align with a genre’s theme will not be considered. (Themes are listed along with other genre-specific guidelines, after clicking “Submit to Lunch Ticket” below.) 
  • Please submit work to us that is double-spaced, and in size 12 Times or Times New Roman font. 

Selection Process

For all genres and contests, you will receive a selection notification by or before the end of March. For Amuse Bouche, you will receive a selection notification certainly by the end of April, but more likely, much sooner.

We will contact you no matter the result of your submission. 

Elizabeth Eve King, Kitchen

Kitchen I, 48″x36″

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).