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

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. 


NOTES ABOUT OUR CONTESTS:

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. Please submit all Literary Translation here.

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


GENERAL SUBMISSION  INFORMATION 

  • 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.
  • Our submission window for Visual Art is rolling. We review VA submissions all year.
  • 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.
  • Selection notifications are sent by or before the end of March for all genres (expect Visual Art) and the end of April for Amuse Bouche. You will be notified no matter the outcome.


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, 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!

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


Beginning January 2021, each genre will have a theme. Please make sure that any work submitted aligns in some way with that genre section's theme. Work that does not align with a genre’s theme will not be considered.


Creative Nonfiction Theme for Lunch Ticket, Issue 19: "Openings"

This cycle, CNF seeks work on the theme of Openings. 2020 foreclosed a lot of possibilities, so we’re looking to the new year for doors, windows, and crawl spaces we might slip through in search of new passages that emerge. Send us your memoir, personal essays, and flash nonfiction that meets, exceeds, or explodes our expectations of how openings look, feel, and sound.


Creative Nonfiction Submission Guidelines:

  • Please submit once per submission period. 
  • If your Creative Nonfiction has been published in Lunch Ticket, please wait one year before submitting again.
  • All submissions at Lunch Ticket are read nameless in the first round. We only read pieces that have all identifying information removed. Make sure to check the title and file before sending. 
  • All prose must be double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font.
  • We no longer accept submissions longer than 3500 words.
  • If your piece is 750 words and under, please submit it to the Flash Prose category.
  • We do allow simultaneous submissions, however, if your piece is published elsewhere, please let us know immediately.
  • We do not accept previously published work.
  • We accept multilingual submissions in all genres.
  • All submitters are added to our bi-monthly newsletter email subscriber list. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: This cycle, all pieces submitted to Creative Nonfiction will automatically be considered for the Diana Woods Memorial Prize. 


The Diana Woods Memorial Prize in Creative Nonfiction

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


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.


We look forward to reading your work!

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


Beginning January 2021, each genre will have a theme. Please make sure that any work submitted aligns in some way with that genre section's theme. Work that does not align with a genre’s theme will not be considered.


Poetry Theme for Lunch Ticket, Issue 19: "Hopeful Futures"

This cycle, our section is seeking poetry that ruminates on a hopeful future, whether this means imagining one or wrestling with the changes of the past year. We invite strong imagery and unique voices.


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 nameless in the first round. We only read pieces that have all identifying information removed. Make sure to check the title and file before sending. 
  • Submit up to 3 poems per cycle, each in a separate document.
  • We recognize that poetry often calls for its own particular formatting. When in doubt, use 12-pt Times New Roman font. 
  • We do allow simultaneous submissions, however, if your piece is published elsewhere, please let us know immediately. 
  • We do not accept previously published work.
  • We accept multilingual submissions in all genres.
  • All submitters are added to our bi-monthly newsletter email subscriber list. 

 

We look forward to sampling your work!

 

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


Beginning January 2021, each genre will have a theme. Please make sure that any work submitted aligns in some way with that genre section's theme. Work that does not align with a genre’s theme will not be considered.


Fiction Theme for Lunch Ticket, Issue 19: "The Vivid, the Unusual, That Which Lingers"

This cycle, our section is seeking vivid, unusual, and poignant tales. Send us stories that we can't forget.



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 nameless in the first round. We only read pieces that have all identifying information removed. Make sure to check the title and file before sending. 
  • All prose must be double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font.
  • We no longer accept submissions longer than 3500 words. 
  • If your piece is 750 words and under, please submit it to the Flash Prose category.
  • We do allow simultaneous submissions, however, if your piece is published elsewhere, please let us know immediately. 
  • We do not accept previously published work.
  • We accept multilingual submissions in all genres. 
  • All submitters are added to our bi-monthly newsletter email subscriber list. 


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 not be considered.


Beginning January 2021, each genre will have a theme. Please make sure that any work submitted aligns in some way with that genre section's theme. Work that does not align with a genre’s theme will not be considered.


Flash Prose Theme for Lunch Ticket, Issue 19: "Satire"

This cycle, our section is seeking stories infused with satire -- wry humor and wit aimed to reveal the peculiarities of human behavior.


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 nameless in the first round. We only read pieces that have all identifying information removed. Make sure to check the title and file before sending. .
  • All prose must be double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font.
  • Submit one flash piece per cycle. We only accept prose that is 750 words or less. (If your piece is 751 to 5,000 words, please submit it to Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, or YA.)
  • We do allow simultaneous submissions, however, if your piece is published elsewhere, please let us know immediately. 
  • We do not accept previously published work.
  • We accept multilingual work in all genres.
  • All submitters are added to our bi-monthly newsletter email subscriber list. 

 

We look forward to sampling your work!

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


Beginning January 2021, each genre will have a theme. Please make sure that any work submitted aligns in some way with that genre section's theme. Work that does not align with a genre’s theme will not be considered. 


Literary Translation Theme for Lunch Ticket, Issue 19: "Yet to Emerge"

This cycle, our section is seeking works dealing with the theme of "yet to emerge." Please send us work that is fresh, current, and showcasing underrepresented authors, languages, and cultures.


Translation Submission Guidelines:

  • Please submit once per submission period.
  • If your Translation has been published in Lunch Ticket, please wait six months before submitting again.
  • All submissions at Lunch Ticket are read nameless in the first round. We only read pieces that have all identifying information removed. Make sure to check the title and file before sending. 
  • All prose must be double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font.
  • We no longer accept works longer than 3500 words.
  • Poems, we understand, follow their own formatting rules. When in doubt, use 12-pt Times New Roman font.
  • Include a statement about your translation process (translator’s statement) in your cover letter.
  • Include the original work along with your translation. 
  • Include 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.
  • We do allow simultaneous submissions, however, if your piece 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. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: This cycle, all pieces submitted to our Literary Translation section will be automatically considered for our Gabo Prize in Translation & Multilingual Texts.


The Gabo Prize in Translation & Multilingual Texts

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.


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


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.


We look forward to reading your work!

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

 

We review all Visual Art submissions year-round. We accept 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, 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!

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


Beginning January 2021, each genre will have a theme. Please make sure that any work submitted aligns in some way with that genre section's theme. Work that does not align with a genre’s theme will not be considered.


Young Adult Theme for Lunch Ticket, Issue 19: "Hope, Humor, and a Dash of Love"

This cycle, our section is certainly open to surprises, but we would particularly like to see stories anchored in hope, seasoned with humor, and tenderized with love. 


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 nameless in the first round. We only read pieces that have all identifying information removed. Make sure to check the title and file before sending. 
  • All prose must be double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font.
  • We do not accept submissions longer than 3500 words.
  • We do allow simultaneous submissions, however, if your piece is published elsewhere, please let us know immediately. 
  • We do not accept previously published work.
  • We accept multilingual submissions in all genres.
  • All submitters are added to our bi-monthly newsletter email subscriber list. 

 

We look forward to sampling your work!

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