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


  • Lunch Ticket’s 24th Issue comes out in December 2023.
  • The submission window for Lunch Ticket's issue #24 is August 1st to September 1st
  • The submission window for Translation and YA have been extended to September 15th
  • The submission window for Amuse-Bouche is August 1st to October 1st.
  • Visual Art can be submitted year-round, but will only be reviewed from August 1st to October 1st.
  • Submitting to Lunch Ticket is always free.
  • The age limit for submitting to Lunch Ticket is 18 and older. 
  • We welcome multilingual submissions in all genres.
  • For all genres, contests, and Amuse-Bouche you will receive a selection notification. We will contact you no matter the result of your submission.
  • All submissions are anonymous, please do not put any identifying information in the title of your document, submission, or the work itself. 

Lunch Ticket is an online 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 series, featuring an individual writer or artist every other week. 


This cycle, anyone hoping to be considered for the Gabo Prize for Translation & Multilingual Texts should submit their work directly to our Literary Translation Reading Team. All Translation submissions will be automatically considered for the prize. 

Anyone hoping to be considered for the Diana Woods Memorial Prize in Creative Nonfiction should submit their work directly to our Creative Nonfiction Reading Team. All CNF submissions will be automatically considered for the prize. 

Notes About Publication

If your piece is selected, Lunch Ticket retains the first North American serial rights of the work to publish, produce, reproduce, distribute, and market. 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, but we require that 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 Antioch 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. Please read more information here

Thank you for your interest in submitting to Lunch Ticket. We look forward reviewing your submission!

Please read these guidelines thoroughly before submitting to Lunch Ticket. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will not be considered.

Visual Art can be submitted year-round. However, submissions will only be reviewed between February 1st and May 1st. We accept photography, mixed-media, painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking, graphic narratives, and other 2D work. 

Visual Art Submission Guidelines:

  • Please submit to only one genre once per submission reading period.
  • If your visual art has been published in Lunch Ticket, please wait six months before submitting again.
  • All submissions at Lunch Ticket are viewed nameless in the first round. Any submissions with identifying information in the IMAGES or STATEMENT will be returned without consideration. This includes the artist's first or last name as part of the document title.
  • 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 or DOCX file (titled “Statement”) the following three things: 

                   1. An artist statement (50-400 words) with no 

                        identifying information

                   2. The name of the collection

                   3. A list of submitted images with the following 

                        information in this order: Image Number, Image 

                        Title, Date (year), Medium, Dimensions.

  • We do allow simultaneous submissions, however, if your work is published elsewhere, please let us know immediately. 
  • We do not accept previously published work.
  • All submitters are added to our bi-monthly newsletter email subscriber list.

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!

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