warning lines lit
SUBMIT YOUR WORK
Vol. 05: ADVERSARY is out now.
warning lines literary publishes work by queer and/or trans creators. We especially want to hear from QTPOC, neurodivergent or disabled POC, and those multiply marginalized. Whether you belong in these categories is of course not for us to decide, but rather for each author to determine.
warning lines is satanist-adjacent, in the sense that we aim to disrupt and to defy— to tear down the world and build a new one within our pages. We are inspired and awed by works like Paradise Lost (John Milton), A Small Place (Jamaica Kincaid), the Gender Fail Reader (1, 2 and 3, by Be Oakley), and others. We are also anti-capitalist, anti-racist, anti-heteronormative, etc.
We seek to publish work that engages with themes of otherness, of rebellion, of the pursuit of knowledge and freedom, or monstrosity, of terror, and anything else for which the fallen angel stands. We want the daring, the fiery, the introspective. We want your fiery revolutions and tender rebellions, your anti-baptisms in blood. Make the world burn and remake it in your image.
THINGS WE ACCEPT:
poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, and visual art. Unclassifiable work is also welcome, as long as it can be presented on a page. You may submit in multiple genres, but only send one submission per reading period unless invited to do otherwise.
Previously published work (be sure to tell us where the piece first appeared!)
We do accept work that includes depictions of bigotry, but this must be "own voices," as we seek to empower those outcasted by society to tell their own stories and take up the space they deserve— not speak over or for them.
THINGS WE DO NOT ACCEPT:
submissions containing graphic depictions of sexual assault, or excessive/gratuitous violence.
submissions which promote bigotry, including but not limited to: racism, transphobia, queerphobia, colorism, ableism, classism, antisemitism, colonialism, aphobia, etc.
Starting April 1 2022, we do not accept submissions from people under 18 years of age. By submitting you agree that you are aged 18+.
SOME MORE GUIDELINES:
Submissions should be at least loosely related to our ethos. (See the top of this page and read Vol. 03: FALL'N CHERUB to familiarize yourself with this!). This is meant to be loosely interpreted :)
Submitters must include content warnings for each piece, if needed. Please, always tag sexual content.
We reserve the right to deplatform authors who are found to display bigotry, even if it is not directly reflected in their work. This is meant to be a safe place for those of us outcasted by society.
We take first serial rights (or non-exclusive reprint rights for previously published work) and non-exclusive archival rights for the accepted pieces. Your work ALWAYS remains your own.
We lack the funds to pay an honorarium at this time, but we offer print copies at a discount for contributors.
We aim to respond to submissions within 1 month, but it can take up to 6 weeks sometimes.
Use the google forms to submit (big button below) unless you are sending an expedited submission!
WORD COUNTS, LENGTH, & LIMITS:
For fiction, creative non-fiction, and essays: up to 3,000 words per piece, max 2 pieces
For poetry: max. 2 pages per poem, and up to 3 poems
For visual art: jpeg or png only, up to 3 pieces.
You may submit in as many categories as you please, but please only submit a maximum of 3 pieces total.
some things we love
– work that understands the world through a non-normative or even anti-normative lens!
– work about the experience of being autistic in an allistic world.
– aromantic and/or asexual points of view
– nonbinary points of view
– work about the experience of living at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities
– work that plays with space, and/or uses structure to convey meaning.
– prose poems
– burning haibuns
– flash fiction
– Miltonic satanism
– Tip $5 to our Ko-fi here. This is for your entire submission, not per piece!
– Send your submission to our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Include a short 3rd person bio!
– Do not submit your expedited subs via the google forms, or your normal subs to our email!