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

(If you have reached this page and no categories are open, please visit us again during our reading periods—we want to read your work!)

Lunch Ticket is a twice-yearly literary and art journal, published in June and December. Our review periods for the June and December issues of Lunch Ticket are February 1-April 30 and August 1-October 31. We are proud to host two prizes, the Diana Woods Memorial Prize in Creative Nonfiction and The Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multi-Lingual Texts. Both prizes are open for submissions in February and August. 

Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight features individual writers/artists every other week throughout the year. Amuse-Bouche accepts literary submissions during January and July. Visual Art submissions for Amuse-Bouche are reviewed during the main Lunch Ticket reading periods mentioned in the paragraph above.

Lunch Ticket and Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight both publish Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Flash Prose (any genre), Young Adult (13+), Literary Translation & Multi-Lingual Texts, and Visual Art.

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

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. 

If you are currently enrolled or a graduate of Antioch University Los Angeles' MFA program, 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.

NOTE: For this section of Lunch Ticket, we only accept submissions from Antioch University Los Angeles MFA students and alumni. 

Amuse-Bouche, our weekly feature, was created with the intention of “whetting your appetite” between our biannual Lunch Ticket issues. The Amuse-Bouche "Writers Read" feature, which is published every other week opposite the "Spotlight" feature, 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.

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 two week showcase, Amuse-Bouche features remain on Lunch Ticket at 
http://lunchticket.org/amuse-bouche/.

Please note that Amuse-Bouche guidelines are consistent with Lunch Ticket’s standard submission guidelines:

- All submissions at Lunch Ticket and Amuse-Bouche are read blind. Please do not include any identifying information on your submission, as these submissions will be returned without having been considered.

- 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 so we might free up room for other authors. 

- 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. 

We look forward to sampling your work! 

Lunch Ticket is honored to host the Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction. We look forward to reading your work, but do read these guidelines before submitting to Lunch Ticket. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will be automatically rejected without being read.

  • Submit only one piece, once per genre, once per submission period. All DWM submissions are also considered for our standard Creative Nonfiction section.
  • Include a word count at the top of your piece. Word count max: 5000.
  • Do not include any identifying information on your submission.
  • Formatting should be: double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font. 
  • As writers we understand that you may have submitted this piece elsewhere. However, please let us know ASAP if it is accepted elsewhere so we can remove it from our queue. 
  • We do not accept previously published work.
  • We accept DWM submissions for the main issues of Lunch Ticket twice yearly: in February and August. You are, of course, welcomed and encouraged to submit to the Creative Nonfiction section when it is open March-April and September-October.

Winners receive $250, and their work, along with the DWM Award finalists, is featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket.

Thank you for entrusting us with your work. We look forward to reading it! 

Lunch Ticket is honored to host the Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multi-Lingual Texts. We look forward to reading your work, but do read these guidelines before submitting to Lunch Ticket. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will be automatically rejected without being read.

Submit only one piece, once per genre, once per submission period.

  • All Gabo submissions are also considered for our standard Translation section.
  • Include a statement about your translation process (translator’s statement) in your cover letter.
  • Include a word count at the top of your piece. Prose word count max: 5000. Poetry: 10 pages.
  • Include a notation of genre at the top of your piece (translation or original multi-lingual text).
    •  NOTE: Original, multilingual work may be submitted under either this category or the prose or poetry categories
  • 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. If you are unsure whether or not you have obtained the correct permissions, we suggest you contact ALTA (http://www.literarytranslators.org/), or use their resources (http://www.literarytranslators.org/publications/alta-guides) to ensure that you are in compliance with our requirements for publication.
  • Do not include any identifying information on your submission.
  • Formatting should be: double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font.
  • As writers we understand that you may have submitted this piece elsewhere. However, please let us know ASAP if it is accepted elsewhere so we can remove it from our queue. 
  • We do not accept previously published work.
  • We accept Gabo submissions for the main issues of Lunch Ticket twice yearly: in February and August.

Winners receive $200, and their work, along with the Gabo Prize finalists, is featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket.

Thank you for entrusting us with your work. We look forward to reading it! 

Ends on 10/31/2016

We look forward to reading your work, but do read these guidelines before submitting to Lunch Ticket. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will be automatically rejected without being read.

  • Submit up to three poems (each clearly titled, one per page) in a single document, once per genre, once per submission period.
  • No more than ten pages total.
  • Do not include any identifying information on your submission.
  • We recognize that poetry often calls for its own particular formatting. When in doubt, use 12-pt Times New Roman font. 
  • As writers we understand that you may have submitted elsewhere. However, please let us know ASAP if any of your submitted poems are accepted elsewhere so we can remove them from our queue. 
  • We do not accept previously published work.
  • We accept Poetry submissions for the main issues of Lunch Ticket twice yearly: Feb. 1 – April 30 and Aug. 1 – Oct. 31.

Thank you for entrusting us with your work. We look forward to reading it! 

Ends on 10/31/2016

We look forward to reading your work, but do read these guidelines before submitting to Lunch Ticket. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will be automatically rejected without being read.

  • If your piece is 750 words and under, please submit it under the Flash Prose category.
  • Submit only one piece, once per genre, once per submission period.
  • Include a word count at the top of your piece. Word count max: 5000.
  • Do not include any identifying information on your submission.
  • Formatting should be: double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font.
  • As writers we understand that you may have submitted this piece elsewhere. However, please let us know ASAP if it is accepted elsewhere so we can remove it from our queue. 
  • We do not accept previously published work.
  • We accept Fiction submissions for the main issues of Lunch Ticket twice yearly: Feb. 1 – April 30 and Aug. 1 – Oct. 31.

Thank you for entrusting us with your work. We look forward to reading it! 

Ends on 10/31/2016

We look forward to reading your work, but do read these guidelines before submitting to Lunch Ticket. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will be automatically rejected without being read.

  • Only pieces 750 words and under will be considered for Flash Prose. 
  • Submit only one piece, once per genre, once per submission period.
  • Include a word count at the top of your piece, and the genre (Fiction or Creative Nonfiction).
  • Do not include any identifying information on your submission.
  • Formatting should be: double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font.
  • As writers we understand that you may have submitted this piece elsewhere. However, please let us know ASAP if it is accepted elsewhere so we can remove it from our queue. 
  • We do not accept previously published work.
  • We accept Flash submissions for the main issues of Lunch Ticket twice yearly: Feb. 1 – April 30 and Aug. 1 – Oct. 31.
Thank you for entrusting us with your work. We look forward to reading it! 

We look forward to reading your work, but do read these guidelines before submitting to Lunch Ticket. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will be automatically rejected without being read.

  • Submit only one piece, once per genre, once per submission period.
  • Include a word count at the top of your piece, and the genre (Fiction or Creative Nonfiction). Word count max: 5000.
  • Do not include any identifying information on your submission.
  • Formatting should be: double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font.
  • As writers we understand that you may have submitted this piece elsewhere. However, please let us know ASAP if it is accepted elsewhere so we can remove it from our queue. 
  • We do not accept previously published work.
  • We accept YA (13+) submissions for the main issues of Lunch Ticket twice yearly: Feb. 1 – April 30 and Aug. 1 – Oct. 31.

Thank you for entrusting us with your work. We look forward to reading it! 

Ends on 10/31/2016

We look forward to reading your work, but do read these guidelines before submitting to Lunch Ticket. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will be automatically rejected without being read.

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

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

- Submit in a single file (
titled yourlastname_statement) the following: an artist statement (50-400 words), a list of submitted images (with image number, name, title, dimensions, medium, and date), and your short bio (50-100 words). This file can be in .doc, .docx, or PDF format.

- We accept Visual Art submissions for Amuse-Bouche and the main issues of Lunch Ticket twice yearly: Feb. 1 – April 30 and Aug. 1 – Oct. 31.


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.

Thank you for entrusting us with your work. We look forward to reviewing it!