Please read the genre-specific guidelines before submitting to Lunch Ticket.

 

THE GABO PRIZE AND THE DIANA WOODS MEMORIAL AWARD CLOSE ON FEBRUARY 28TH. 

Diana Woods Memorial Award guest judge - Ana Maria Spagna

Gabo Prize guest judge - Carolyn L. Tipton


Lunch Ticket is a literary and visual art journal, published in June and December. 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. We publish content throughout the year in our Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight series, featuring an individual writer or artist every other week. 


Our review periods:


January and July:

Amuse-Bouche: SpotlightLiterary submissions only, in all literary genres (Visual Art for Amuse-Bouche is submitted and reviewed in the Visual Art Genre)


February and August:

The Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction

The Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multilingual Texts 


February 1 to April 30 and August 1 to October 31:

Genres:

Fiction

Flash Prose

Poetry

YA (13+)

Visual Art (all art submissions are considered for Amuse-Bouche and the next LT issue)


March 1 to April 30 and September 1 to October 31:

Genres:

Creative Nonfiction

Literary Translation & Multilingual Texts

 

The fine print:

If accepted for publication, Lunch Ticket retains the first North American serial rights of the piece. 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.

If you are currently enrolled or a MFA graduate of Antioch University Los Angeles, we ask that you refrain from submitting to Lunch Ticket and Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight for at least two years from your graduation date. We do not accept submissions from the AULA MFA program's faculty or staff.

Amuse-Bouche: Writers Read publishes literary annotations written by AULA MFA students and alumni every other week. The submissions for this section are currently closed, and when open, are only available to AULA MFA students and alumni.


THIS CATEGORY IS ONLY OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS FROM ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY LOS ANGELES MFA STUDENTS AND ALUMNI.

The Amuse-Bouche: Writers Read series alternates every other week opposite the Spotlight series. Writers Read showcases craft-based reviews of published works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and translation. 

We do not accept submissions from the AULA MFA program's faculty or staff for publication in any section of the journal. We do not accept submissions for Writers Read reviewing published works by faculty or staff.

Pieces selected for Amuse-Bouche are featured for two weeks and promoted through our social media networks with the same enthusiasm as our regularly published issues. After the showcase, Amuse-Bouche features remain on 
Lunch Ticket.

Amuse-Bouche: Writers Read Submission Guidelines:

- Please submit once per Amuse-Bouche submission period. 

- All manuscripts must be double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font, up to 5,000 words.

- We do accept simultaneous submissions, however, if your piece is published elsewhere, please let us know immediately.

- We do not accept previously published work.

- Please confirm in your cover letter that you are a current student or alumni of the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA program, and let us know your cohort, concentration, and graduation date. 


We look forward to sampling your work! 

 

Please read these guidelines thoroughly before submitting for the Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will be automatically rejected without being read.


Lunch Ticket is honored to host the Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction. The award was established in Diana’s memory by her family, friends, and the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA community. 


We review Diana Woods Memorial Award Submissions in February and August.


Diana Woods Memorial Award Submission Guidelines:

- Please submit once per Diana Woods Memorial Award (DWM) submission period. 

- All DWM submissions are also considered for our standard Creative Nonfiction section.

- If you have been a winner or finalist for DWM, please wait one year before submitting again.

- All submissions at Lunch Ticket are read blind. Any submissions with identifying information will be returned without consideration.

- All prose must be double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font.

- Please include a word count at the top of your piece – we accept prose up to 5,000 words. 

- We do accept simultaneous submissions, however, if your piece is published elsewhere, please let us know immediately.

- We do not accept previously published work.

 

DWM winners receive $250 and publication in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Two finalists will also be published in each issue.

 

We look forward to sampling your work!



The Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award in creative nonfiction is dedicated to upholding the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses code of ethics, defined as such:

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Additionally: friends, family, and associates of the judges are not eligible for consideration for the award.

Lunch Ticket is honored to host the Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multilingual Texts. The Gabo Prize is funded by writers, translators, and Antioch University Los Angeles MFA Alumni Allie Marini and Jennifer McCharen, who launched the prize to support the work of peer translators.


Please read these guidelines thoroughly before submitting for the Gabo Prize. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will be automatically rejected without being read.


We review Gabo Prize Submissions in February and August.


Gabo Prize Submission Guidelines (additional translation guidelines below):

- Please submit once per Gabo Prize submission period. 

- All Gabo Prize submissions are also considered for our standard Translation & Multilingual Texts section.

- If you have been a winner or finalist for the Gabo Prize, please wait one year before submitting again.

- All submissions at Lunch Ticket are read blind. Any submissions with identifying information will be returned without consideration.

- All prose must be double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font.

- Please include a word count at the top of your piece – we accept prose up to 5,000 words.

- Poems, we understand, follow their own formatting rules. When in doubt, use 12-pt Times New Roman font; please submit no more than ten pages of poems.

- We do accept simultaneous submissions, however, if your piece is published elsewhere, please let us know immediately.

- We do not accept previously published work.


Gabo Prize winners receive $200 and publication in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Two finalists will also be published in each issue.


We look forward to sampling your work!


*For literary translation, please use these additional guidelines:

- Include a statement about your translation process (translator’s statement) in your cover letter.

- Include the original work along with your translation. 

NOTE: 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. 

 

The Gabo Prize is dedicated to upholding the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses code of ethics, defined as such:

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Additionally: friends, family, and associates of the judges are not eligible for consideration for the award.


Ends on April 30, 2017

Please read these guidelines thoroughly before submitting to Lunch Ticket. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will be automatically rejected without being read.


We review Poetry submissions from February 1 to April 30, and August 1 to October 31.


Poetry Submission Guidelines:

- Please submit once per submission period.

- If your poetry has been published in Lunch Ticket, please wait one year before submitting again.

- All submissions at Lunch Ticket are read blind. Any submissions with identifying information will be returned without consideration.

- Submit up to three poems (each clearly titled, no more than one per page) in a single document, once per genre, once per submission period.

- Please send no more than ten pages total.

- We recognize that poetry often calls for its own particular formatting. When in doubt, use 12-pt Times New Roman font. 

- We do accept simultaneous submissions, however, if your piece is published elsewhere, please let us know immediately. 

- We do not accept previously published work.

 

We look forward to sampling your work!

 

Ends on April 30, 2017

Please read these guidelines thoroughly before submitting to Lunch Ticket. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will be automatically rejected without being read.


We review Fiction submissions from February 1 to April 30, and August 1 to October 31.


Fiction Submission Guidelines:

- Please submit once per submission period.

- If your fiction has been published in Lunch Ticket, please wait one year before submitting again.

- All submissions at Lunch Ticket are read blind. Any submissions with identifying information will be returned without consideration.

- All prose must be double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font.

- Please include a word count at the top of your piece - we accept prose from 751 up to 5,000 words.

- If your piece is 750 words and under, please submit it to the Flash Prose category.

- We do accept simultaneous submissions, however, if your piece is published elsewhere, please let us know immediately. 

- We do not accept previously published work.

 

We look forward to sampling your work!


Ends on April 30, 2017

Please read these guidelines thoroughly before submitting to Lunch Ticket. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will be automatically rejected without being read.

 

We review Flash Prose submissions from February 1 to April 30, and August 1 to October 31.

 

Flash Prose Submission Guidelines:

- Please submit once per submission period.

- If your flash prose has been published in Lunch Ticket, please wait one year before submitting again.

- All submissions at Lunch Ticket are read blind. Any submissions with identifying information will be returned without consideration.

- All prose must be double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font.

- Please include the genre (Creative Nonfiction or Fiction) and a word count at the top of your piece - we accept prose 750 words or less.

- If your piece is 751 to 5,000 words, please submit it to Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, or YA (13+).

- We do accept simultaneous submissions, however, if your piece is published elsewhere, please let us know immediately. 

- We do not accept previously published work.

 

We look forward to sampling your work!

 


Please read these guidelines thoroughly before submitting to Lunch Ticket. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will be automatically rejected without being read.

 

We review YA (Writing for Young People 13+) submissions from February 1 to April 30, and August 1 to October 31.

 

YA Submission Guidelines:

- Please submit once per submission period.

- If your YA has been published in Lunch Ticket, please wait six months before submitting again.

- All submissions at Lunch Ticket are read blind. Any submissions with identifying information will be returned without consideration.

- All prose must be double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font.

- Please include the genre (Creative Nonfiction or Fiction) and a word count at the top of your piece - we accept prose up to 5,000 words.

- We do accept simultaneous submissions, however, if your piece is published elsewhere, please let us know immediately. 

- We do not accept previously published work.

 

We look forward to sampling your work!


Ends on April 30, 2017

Please read these guidelines thoroughly before submitting to Lunch Ticket. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will be automatically rejected without being reviewed.

 

We review all Visual Art submissions from February 1 to April 30, and August 1 to October 31. We accept Visual Art submitted here for our main Lunch Ticket issues and for our Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight series.

 

We accept visual art submissions including photography, mixed-media, painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking, graphic narratives, and other 2D work. 

 

Visual Art Submission Guidelines:

- Please submit once per submission period.

- If your visual art has been published in Lunch Ticket or Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight, please wait six months before submitting again.

- All submissions at Lunch Ticket are viewed blind. Any submissions with identifying information in the images or statement will be returned without consideration.

- Submit 8-10 images in JPEG, PDF, TIFF, GIF or PNG format. Each image should be numbered and named in this format: “1_title.” If the title of a work is long, you may abbreviate it in the image name. 

- Submit in a single DOC, DOCX, or PDF file (titled “statement”) the following: 

          - An artist statement (50-400 words)

          - The name of the collection

          - A list of submitted images with the following information in this order: Image              Number, Image Title, Date (year), Medium, Dimensions.

- We do accept simultaneous submissions, however, if your work is published elsewhere, please let us know immediately. 

- We do not accept previously published work.

 
If your work is accepted for publication, we will ask for a short bio, and you’ll have a chance to edit your statement for publication.

 

We look forward to sampling your work!