Submissions & Submissions FAQ


We are currently running three themes: 

  • Good VS Evil
  • New Beginnings
  • Strength in the face of Adversity 



Sick: (adj.) exceptionally awesome

What we want: Our tagline is “Bringing the real, keeping the weird” and we have begun focusing our acceptances on works that do just that. We want to feel Real Life in your stories, poetry, photography, et cetera, while simultaneously feeling the ground tilt under our feet. Take reality and twist it.




-Vulgarity for vulgarity’s sake (i.e., think: an endless, nonsensical Urban Dictionary. No, no and no.)

-Deeply disturbing ideals and/or fantasies (If it responsibly requires a trigger warning, we will not publish it.)

What we ARE: A literary magazine that’s run by two genius savvy, omnipotent accessible, and real human beings goddesses who believe in the power and potential of the written word.

What we are NOT: Easy access. We’re passionate about changing the way the contemporary literature scene is perceived and available to new, emerging writers, as well as established writers. This does not mean that we are any one writer’s personal publishing house. We foster a welcoming community of supportive, caring writers who are honored to be here, who are appreciative to be published in our magazine, and who share in our vision. However, we do not care how impressive your list of publications is, and we do not care how many letters come after your name. We have a responsibility to our readers and writers to publish only what we feel fulfills Sick Lit Magazine’s vision.

All submissions must be emailed to Submissions to Kelly’s personal account will not be reviewed.

Fiction/creative non-fiction/flash-fiction: Send your submissions in a Word doc, with the type of writing in the subject line. These will be read by Nicole, if you wish to address her directly.

Poetry/photography/miscellaneous: Send your submissions in the body of the email, or in a Word doc, with the type of submission in the subject line. These will be read by Kelly, if you wish to address her directly.

Themed Submissions: We occasionally offer themes to help challenge our writers. If you choose to write for a theme, remember our tagline “Bringing the real, keeping the weird.” Write outside the box. We want to see creative interpretations of the themes, not just creative stories strictly within them. 2017’s themes will be announced soon!

How do I format my cover letter? We don’t have many expectations for your cover letter. All we ask is that you be real about who you are. We want to see your personality come through, not the mask the industry makes us all wear. We’re writers, too, and we know the difference. “Bringing the real” starts with your email. On the other hand, if your email is obviously cut-and-pasted to many other publications, or worse, you say nothing at all, we’re going to read your work with a scowl, and that’s not a good start.

What’s your word-count limit? We don’t have a limit, but we reserve the right to reject lengthy pieces on a case-by-case basis. We also reserve the right to break larger pieces into several publications spanning several days, in a serial publication style at our discretion.

How soon can I expect a response? Anywhere from a few hours to a week, but if a month passes with no word from us, please bring it to our attention. We address every submission, so if you don’t hear back, that is NOT an automatic rejection. Give us a nudge after 30 days; we won’t mind.

How do I send a second/third/fiftieth submission? ALWAYS send a new submission in a separate email. Do not hit “reply” and consider it a new submission. Start over from the beginning by composing a new email. We use Gmail, which keeps all threaded emails grouped together. Your new submission will get lost in our filing system.

We do not retain any rights to your work. Even though we may have edited it, you wrote it and it’s yours. You may re-post, re-publish and do whatever you would like with it. We accept simultaneous submissions, as well as previously published material.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Dennis Friend says:

    I see you have a “contributor” section. I wrote “Smolder,” which you ran recently (my thanks for that) If you choose to list me as a contributor, you already have my photo and here’s a bit of information for you. “Dennis Friend and his wife, Konni, live in Omaha, Nebraska, with several cats, A former forklift driver, he decided he’d rather make a living as a writer and has done so since 1976.”


  2. Lynn says:

    I wrote an essay about 9-11 (which is my birthday). Is that something you’d be interested in, or do you publish fiction only? Also, if submitting something that is time-sensitive, how far in advance do you need it?


    Liked by 1 person

    1. sicklitmag says:

      Whenever you’d like! Send it!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Lynn says:

        Excellent, thank you!


  3. Just so you know, I’ve shared your link on my blog.

    Liked by 1 person

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